Dr Emma Heffernan

Dr Emma Heffernan

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Child and Adolescent PsychAshgrove, Woolloongabba

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Independent medical practitioner providing services to patients from Paeds in a Pod rooms.


Dr Emma Heffernan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in children and young people who are experiencing feelings or behaviours that are causing upset.

This includes children and young people with depression, severe anxiety, an eating disorder, self-harming behaviours, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, complex neurodevelopmental disorders, severe conduct disorders and more.

Dr Heffernan asks many questions about home life, school life, development, and the family story. She aims to understand why the difficulty is happening and develops a comprehensive treatment plan and strategies to effectively manage it.

This includes individual approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She applies Family Therapy and parent work when the troubles lend themselves to these approaches.

Sometimes, medicines are used as part of a treatment plan. Dr Heffernan can give advice about medicines and prescribe them as needed.

Dr Heffernan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science (MBBS) from The University of Queensland in 2005. She achieved both her Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (FRANZCP) and a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology in 2016.

She trained in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Mater Children’s Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, and Royal Brisbane Hospital, and has worked in regional and remote Queensland and in Brisbane.

Dr Heffernan provides young people and their families with the opportunity to be safe and feel heard. Through treatment, she takes them closer to achieving their hopes and wishes. Every small step that is taken adds up to big differences in time.
When she’s not at work, Dr Heffernan enjoys spending time in her garden and with her children.

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