Professor Pete Smith is a leading allergist and immunologist in Australia. Pete commenced his medical studies at the University of Tasmania and went on to specialise in paediatrics in Adelaide, before completing his PhD in molecular immunology with Flinders University.

He has worked as an allergy specialist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and was a senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

In 2002, Pete set up Queensland Allergy Services in Southport, on the Gold Coast. Here he provides patients the highest level of quality medical care in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

Pete is a Professor in Clinical Medicine at Griffith University and Bond University. He currently conducts research studies into the molecular aspects of pain in allergic conditions.

Pete is an active member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy, and a regular expert commentator in the media.

He is a member of the World Allergy Organization, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the European Academy of Clinical Immunology & Allergy.

He sits on several national and international advisory boards and is involved in medical education, frequently speaking at national and international meetings and conferences.

“Allergy is an exciting profession. If we identify and treat causes, we can dramatically improve peoples quality of life"


Nestle Nutrition Institute and Nutricia Nutrition Advisory Board

World Allergy Organisation - Web Editorial Board

Allergy Academy Management Board

GSK Global Advisory Board Rhinitis (also Australian Advisory Board)

Alcon International Advisory Board Rhinitis


Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy 

American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Clinical Immunology 

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 

World Allergy Organisation 


1984 - MB BS - University of Tasmania

1987 - BMedSc (add area) - University of Tasmania

2001 - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Flinders University

1995 - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics)



Allergy, Allergy Testing, Anaphylaxis, Desensitisation Therapy, Eosinophilic Oesophagitis, Food Allergy, Food Intolerance, and Neural Mechanisms of Inflammation.


After graduating from University of Queensland, Velencia moved Sydney to begin physician training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) but after two years in adult medicine she decided to focus on a career in Paediatrics.

She completed her training in paediatrics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (RAHC) in Camperdown. During her training she followed her husband to the United States where she worked at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda Maryland as a research fellow on nutrition research projects.  It was in the second year in the USA at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York where she began her career interest in nutrition and gastroenterology as a Fellow in paediatric gastroenterology.

On returning to Australia with a young baby, Velencia took up a position at the RAHC Emergency Department for the next two years guiding younger doctors in their assessment of sick children before being awarded an NH&MRC grant to study malnutrition, body composition and nutritional rehabilitation in children with cystic fibrosis.

The study in the Department of Gastroenterology took more than 5 years to complete as two more children were added to the family. After this time and a further sabbatical in the USA, the Children's Hospital moved from the inner west to the outer west of Sydney and thus her work at the Allergy Unit of the RPAH's Department of Immunology began using her now extensive knowledge of nutrition and gastroenterology to manage children with complex allergic disease, food reactions and dietary restrictions.

Investigating the role of dietary issues in children's health and development have remained Velencia's key areas of interest.  Her enthusiasm for helping students and new graduates continued for many years and she has supervised and supported many dietetic students in their research projects outside of a a heavy clinical workload. A long list of these projects can be found at and following the links to publications and student projects.

We are fortunate at Queensland Allergy Services to have the skills of Dr Velencia Soutter, on our team.  She now divides her time between working in our Southport practice and the busy Allergy Unit of the RPA Hospital in Sydney, to bring her much needed skills to South-east Queensland.

Velencia's role at the RPA Allergy Unit has been an extremely rewarding one as a key member of the team in the development and publication of "Friendly Food" and "The Elimination Diet Handbook".  Her work as an author was an invaluable contribution to the aim of the project in developing educational material on food allergy to help those with ongoing dietary problems to gain a greater understanding of issues that need to be addressed to improve their quality of life on all levels.

Her work on dietary intolerances, food allergies and nutrition, especially in infancy and childhood, continues to be her main interest and writing about her experience remains a work in progress.

Despite having a busy work schedule Velencia finds time for her various hobbies, which include photography, scuba diving, cooking and understanding flavour and taste preferences.

She enjoys her quiet time reading an eclectic range of materials and knitting while pondering new projects to manage her property in the Gold Coast hinterland.


1973 - MB BS (Hons I) University of Queensland

1983 - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics)


1: Gaskin KJ, Waters DL, Baur LA, Soutter VL, Gruca MA.

Nutritional status, growth and development in children undergoing intensive treatment for cystic fibrosis. Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl. 1990; 366:106-10.

2: Gaskin KJ, Waters DL, Soutter VL, Baur L, Allen BJ, Blagojevic N, Parsons D.

Body composition in cystic fibrosis. Basic Life Sci. 1990; 55:15-21. 

No abstract available. 

3: Soutter VL, Kristidis P, Gruca MA, Gaskin KJ.

Chronic undernutrition/growth retardation in cystic fibrosis. 

Clin Gastroenterol. 1986 Jan; 15(1):137-55. Review. 

4: Swain A, Soutter V, Loblay R, Truswell AS.

Salicylates, oligoantigenic diets, and behaviour. Lancet. 1985 Jul 6; 2(8445):41-2. 

5: Bodanszky H, Soutter V, Leleiko N.

[Determination of hydrogen in the exhaled air as a diagnostic method in carbohydrate metabolism disorders] Orv Hetil. 1981 Aug 16; 122(33):2039-40. Hungarian. 

6: MacDermot KD, Nelson W, Soutter V, Towne D, Schulman JD.

Glycine and benzoate conjugation and glycine acyltransferase activity in the developing and adult rat: possible relationships to nonketotic hyperglycinemia.

Dev Pharmacol Ther. 1981;3(3):150-9.


ASCIA – Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology

Allergy ASSO - Australasian Society for the Study of Obesit

NSA - Nutrition Society of Australia