‘Dolly Doctor’ Melissa Kang retires from WSLHD’s Youth Health service after 30 years

Congratulations to Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Dr Melissa Kang, who is retiring after three decades of service to youth health in western Sydney.

Also known for her work as the ‘Dolly Doctor’, providing health and sex advice for young people in popular adolescent magazine Dolly, Melissa’s legacy of empathy and support for her colleagues will leave a lasting impact at WSLHD.

Working across the WSLHD Youth Services at both High Street and Western Area Adolescent Team in Mount Druitt, Melissa’s colleagues acknowledged her momentous contribution in a farewell morning tea with staff past and present.

Starting at WSLHD in 1998, her departure on 6 February this year marks exactly 25 years of clinical work. Colleagues have contacted The Pulse to share appreciation for Melissa’s immense experience, describing her empathy and rapport with young people as ‘irreplaceable’.

In addition to her clinical role at Youth Health Services, WSLHD, Melissa is an Associate Professor in the General Practice Clinical School at the University of Sydney, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

She is a primary health care academic and has worked clinically in youth health since 1993 in community and hospital settings.

Her research areas include adolescent sexuality and sexual health, and access to primary health care for young people. She teaches postgraduate students and has trained a wide range of health and education professionals in adolescent health.

Melissa wrote the “Dolly Doctor” medical column for Dolly magazine from 1993 until the magazine’s closure in December 2016. She is the author of four books used clinically for young people, including; ‘Welcome to Consent’, ‘Welcome to Boobs’, ‘Welcome to Sex’, ‘Welcome to your period’, and co-wrote the Dolly Doctor Boy and the Dolly Doctor Girl Book.

The Pulse team wishes Melissa all the very best on this next chapter.