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Academy Presenters

Dr Nikki Mills

BHB, MBChB, FRACS, Dip Paeds

Nikki is a Paediatric ENT Consultant at Starship Children’s Hospital with a special interest in paediatric airway and swallowing disorders. Nikki leads a Multidisciplinary Dysphagia clinic at Starship. She has longstanding links with the Anatomy Department at University of Auckland School of Medicine and has almost completed her Doctorate in “The Functional Anatomy of Sucking and Swallowing in Breastfeeding Babies”.

Pamela Douglas


Dr Pamela Douglas MBBS FRACGP IBCLC PhD is a GP and Medical Director of Possums Education. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Maternity Newborn and Families Research Group at Griffith University, Senior Lecturer with the Discipline of General Practice at The University of Queensland, and author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep and crying.

Professor Laurence Walsh

Professor Laurence Walsh AO is a registered specialist in special needs dentistry and is Professor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland. He has been undertaking oral surgical procedures (including frenal surgery in infants and young children) with different lasers, and training clinicians in laser surgery for over 25 years. He is a founding member of the Australian Collaboration for Infant Oral Research.

Donna Geddes

DMU, PostGrad Dip (Sci), PhD
Donna Geddes DMU, PostGrad Dip (Sci), PhD is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia. Professor Geddes is internationally renowned for her novel work with ultrasound imaging that has revolutionized our understanding of the anatomy of the lactating breast, milk ejection and blood flow, as well as the infant’s sucking technique, suck-swallow-breathe co-ordination, gastric emptying and body composition of both the term and preterm infant.

Renee Keogh

Renee Keogh RN (NICU), IBCLC is a registered nurse and Lactation Consultant with 15 years experience working in Neonatal Intensive care units in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing in 2004, and qualified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010. She has been an integral part of the team at The Possums Clinic since 2015, and is currently Director of Breastfeeding Support at The Possums Clinic, Brisbane.

Renee Kam

Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Renee Kam qualified with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2000. In 2010 she obtained a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Management. In 2011, her book, The Newborn Baby Manual was published. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2012 mainly working in private practice. Renee is currently undertaking a higher degree in research to investigate low milk supply.

Dr Sharon Perella


Dr Sharon Perella is an experienced neonatal intensive care nurse and IBCLC with qualifications in paediatric nursing, midwifery,  and child and adolescent health nursing. Sharon's passion is to contribute to the growing body of evidence around human lactation, particularly in the areas of preterm infant feeding, low milk supply and sucking anomalies, to facilitate evidence based care of the breastfeeding dyad.

Latest News

There are no scheduled dates for Masterclasses in 2020 at this stage. If you purchase NDC Accreditation, you can then purchase access to Masterclasses Online.  

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The Possums Clinic
The Possums Clinic now operates out of the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes 31772000. Dr Pamela Douglas sees patients online or at Greenslopes; NDC accredited practitioner Renee Keogh offers consultations in-clinic, online, or in home visits.

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We have now launched PIPPS Parents, which gives parents access to the support of other parents and a wealth of Possums’ resources.

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