Pam is a keen and enthusiastic NZ trained paediatrician who loves children and learning to see things through their eyes. She enjoys listening to the many and varied health stories, to help arrive at a diagnosis or management plan that is specific to everyone she sees.
Pam is a very experienced paediatrician having worked for over 20 years in the field. She has spent much of her clinical time in the hospital or tertiary setting caring for children from small premature neonates in a neonatal intensive care environment to young children and adolescents as outpatients with many complex conditions. Now she prefers to work outside the constraints of the hospital system, providing individualised care and support.
Pam is passionate about providing the best opinion, keeping up to date with the current medical literature, referring when necessary and is always happy to research issues that come along.
Pam has undertaken ground-breaking clinical research in collaboration with the Murdoch Children’s Research centre in Melbourne as well as many other research endeavours. Her interests have been in infectious disease, allergy, respiratory, gastrointestinal and developmental conditions, but she appreciates that we do not come in an isolated package of just one system. More recently Pam has taken a greater interest in the mind and the psychological aspects of wellness, incorporating meditation and mindfulness in her daily practice.
More recently Pam has seen the change in diagnosis of developmental conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorder, the rise of anxiety and complex issues while the medical model remains segmented or over specialised in the tertiary centres. She is collaborating with other paediatric therapists to create Connect Paediatric Assessment Services to allow both the individual skills of each clinician and the power of teamwork to help children and adolescents reach their full potential.
This has led the development of a collaborative approach to diagnosis with other therapists such as occupational, speech and language, physio and dietitians. The model is to allow individual expertise to remain, avoiding group diagnoses in a multidisciplinary team where these may be over-ridden.