Professor Trevor Parry AM is a former Ambassador for the Commissioner for Children and Young People. As a developmental paediatrician, he has dedicated more than 30 years to improving the health and wellbeing of Western Australian children.
During his career in public medicine, he has practised and promoted the benefits of prevention and early intervention in child health.
His establishment of the State Child Development Centre in the mid-1970s had an enormous influence on the approaches taken to diagnosing and treating developmental issues in children. He was director of the centre until 2004 and during this time a multi-disciplinary team model of treatment was developed and persists today in all WA Child Development Centres.
He is committed to educating community groups about the importance of early childhood development and enhancing the skills and confidence of families to give their children the best start in life. Professor Parry was founder of the WA branch of the National Investment for the Early Years (NIFTeY) and a member of the former national executive; an advisory board member of the Learning and Attention Disorders Society of WA Inc; a board member and Vice Chairman of the Autism Association of Western Australia and introduced Family Partnership Training to Western Australia and has chaired its management committee.
He continues to practise as a developmental paediatrician, as well as fulfilling the roles of Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at UWA and Emeritus Consultant to the Child and Adolescent Service WA. Professor Parry is also a member of the WA Child Health and Youth Health Network Executive Advisory Group.
In 2006 he was recognised for his outstanding service to paediatrics when he was awarded the John Sands Medal by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was the inaugural recipient of the Children and Young People Lifetime Achievement Award at the WA Citizen of the Year Awards in 2010.
In 2012 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to paediatric medicine and child health.