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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. Since 2005, Dr Douglas has been publishing research in the field of early life care (breastfeeding, sleep, cry-fuss problems and mood), working with various teams to develop the comprehensive evidence-base to the innovative, integrated approach known as Community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care. She is a founding member of the Australian Collaboration for Infant Oral Research.

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. She has since expanded her range of research interests to include the composition of human milk and its impact on the growth and body composition of breastfed infants, the investigation of HM metabolites and the effect of storage conditions on milk. Donna has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, 10 book chapters and held 3 guest editor roles. Donna has received several awards for her research including the Healthy Children Faculty Award (2007), the Early Career Research award from the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (2008) and the Certificate of Distinction for Innovative Research from the Raine Medical Research Foundation, Perth (2008) in recognition of her contribution to scientific research. She is an active me

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. She offers Neuroprotective Developmental Care support for families facing infant feeding, sleep and unsettled behaviour challenges.

Renee Kam

Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Renee Kam qualified with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2000. She worked as a physiotherapist for 6 years mainly in the areas of women’s health, paediatrics and orthopaedics. In 2010 she became a breastfeeding counsellor with ABA and continues to have an active role in ABA as National Breastfeeding Information manager. In 2011, her book, The Newborn Baby Manual was published. In 2012 she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has been working in a busy private practice ever since and at St Vincent’s hospital breastfeeding clinic one day a week for the past year. Renee has also written peer reviewed papers for Breastfeeding Review and regularly writes breastfeeding related articles for

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. In 2014 Sharon completed her PhD with the Hartmann Human Lactation Research group at The University of Western Australia, where she now works as a research fellow. 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.

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Join our Masterclasses for health professionals on 21-22 September 2018 in Melbourne.

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The opening of The Possums Centre
Parents can now see Dr Pamela Douglas at the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes Private Hospital.

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