Specialised help for breastfeeding, sleep, and cry-fuss problems
If you are experiencing problems with breastfeeding, sleep, or a fussy baby, which are not resolving with usual care, or if your health provider has concerns that your baby might have tongue or lip ties, you can see Dr Pamela Douglas face-to-face or by online consultation at the Possums Education and Research Centre, Paeds in a Pod. The Possums Centre is located in the Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology rooms, Level 2F, at the Greenslopes Private Hospital. Pam is a highly experienced GP, lactation consultant, researcher and educator.
Renee Keogh is a founding Accredited Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'the Possums programs') Practitioner, located in Paeds in a Pod. The Possums Centre is currently developing a collaborative network of NDC Accredited Practitioners Australia-wide. Renee sees families whose babies have breastfeeding, feeds, sleep and crying problems, either in your own home anywhere in Brisbane, by Skype consultation, or in her clinic at The Gap.
The Possums Centre builds on our non-profit organisation’s core value of providing excellence of care for women and their babies, by:
- Evaluating delivery of Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC), also known as the Possums programs
- Upskilling health professionals who are participating in the NDC Accreditation Pathway.
The Possums Centre is a collaboration between Possums Education and:
- Centre for Children’s Health Research, The University of Queensland
- School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland
- School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland
- Human Lactation Research Group, The University of Western Australia
- Durham Parent-Infant Sleep Laboratory, United Kingdom
- Australian Collaboration for Infant Oral Research (multi-university).
When visiting the Possums Centre, we ask parents to:
- Have an approved Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered health professional, who is training in the Neuroprotective Developmental Care Accreditation Pathway, present in the consultation discretely observing Dr Douglas, either by teleconference or face-to-face. (Not all consultations will have an observing health professional, but by making an appointment at PERC, you are consenting to this.)
- Fill out a brief initial research questionnaire on an iPad in the waiting room prior to the consultation. (Participation in research is always your choice, but we value your support!).
Dr Douglas began general practice 30 years ago, with particular interests in indigenous health, women’s health, sexual health, and early life care. She first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994, and completed her PhD in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies in 2012.
From 2005, in various collaborations, Dr Douglas has developed and published the evidence-base to the innovative Possums programs (also known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care). In 2011, Dr Douglas opened the first pilot Possums Clinic at UQ Health Care, Annerley, and in 2013 founded Possums for Mothers and Babies Ltd, a charitable organisation (ACN 162 221 892) which promotes community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (‘the Possums programs’), trading as Possums Education. Dr Douglas established a second Possums Clinic at Highgate Hill in April 2015, resigning there as Medical Director in March 2018.
Dr Douglas is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Maternity Newborn & Families Research Centre MHIQ, Griffith University, and a Senior Lecturer, Discipline of General Practice, The University of Queensland. She is author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep and crying.