Dr Carla Morley


Dr Carla Morley is a popular paediatrician known for her warm and approachable manner and high-quality care.

Dr Morley trained  at leading paediatric centres including the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Mater Children’s Brisbane and a Fellowship role in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Glenn Harte says Leading Steps Paediatric Clinic is very proud to welcome her to the team.

 “We have known Dr Morley for many years during her training and then six months working at Leading Steps, where she was a stand out as one of the most impressive trainees we’ve worked with.

“Dr Morley is very bright, diligent and highly organised.  She brings special expertise on Infectious Diseases and antibiotic stewardship to our group following her Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. 

“We know she will be a great member of our team and advocate for patients who attend here,” said Dr Harte.

Dr Morley and her husband are embracing life on the Gold Coast which they call “the most beautiful part of the world”. 

When not at work Carla loves spending time with her family and being “Mum” to her young daughter. 

Dr Morley is an adjunct lecturer at Griffith University, contributes to medical research and has presented papers at local and international conferences.

Dr Morley has been recognised for excellence in medicine by the following awards and scholarships 


·       Intern of the Year Award, Royal Hobart Hospital                                                   2011

·       Clinical Distinction Award for Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery                   2010

·       David Gibson and Bruce McDonald Prize in Respiratory Medicine           2010

·       Australian Cochrane Airways Group Network Student Scholarship         2010

·       Menzies Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Scholarship   2008



·       Morley C, Grimwood K, Maloney S, Ware R. (2018). Meteorological factors and respiratory syncytial virus seasonality in subtropical Australia. Epidemiology and Infection, 1-6.

·       Costa- Pinto J, Morley C, Hauser S. A case of rat bite fever in a 12 year old boy. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2016; 53: 84-86                                                                                    

·       Walters JA, Wang W, Morley C, Soltani A, Wood-Baker R. Different durations of corticosteroid therapy for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2011 Oct 05(10)




·       Oral presentation – Sydney Infectious Diseases Group 2018 “A sorry site,” endogenous endophthalmitis, Sydney                                                          

·       Poster presentation – World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Congress, 2017 “Meteorological factors and respiratory syncytial virus seasonality in subtropical Australia,” Shenzhen, China.                

·       Oral presentation – Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Infectious Disease Clinical Meeting, Brisbane. “Complications of sinusitis, ” Brisbane 2017

·       Oral presentation – Gold Coast Health Research Week 2017 “Meteorological factors and respiratory syncytial virus seasonality in subtropical Australia,” Gold Coast

·       Oral presentation – Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Tasmanian 2010 Branch Meeting, “Different durations of corticosteroid therapy for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” Hobart



·       Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Sydney Children’s Hospital        2018

·       Infection Prevention and Control Committee, Sydney Children’s Hospital 2018

·       Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases – Member                  2017 - current

·       RACP Paediatric Research Committee – Trainee Representative 2016 - 2018

·       NeoResus- Advanced                                                                                                                  2015

·       Paediatric Basic (Intensive Care Course)                                                                     2015



·       Diploma of Child Health, University of Sydney                                                        2013