Dr Pamela Douglas

Dr Pamela Douglas

Specialist GP - problems of breastfeeding and unsettled infant behaviour

MBBS FRACGP IBCLC PhDWoolloongabba, Greenslopes

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Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP, researcher and educator who offers specialised support for breastfeeding, unsettled infant behaviour, and maternal mood.

If you are experiencing breastfeeding problems or unsettled baby behaviour which has not resolved with usual care, or if your health provider has concerns that your baby might have tongue or lip ties, you can see Dr Douglas face-to-face or by Skype at the Possums Education and Research Centre (PERC), Paeds in a pod. PERC is located in the Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology rooms, Level 2F, at the Greenslopes Private Hospital.

PERC builds on our non-profit organisation’s core value of providing excellence of care for women and their babies, by

  1. Evaluating delivery of Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC), also known as the Possums programs
  2. Upskilling health professionals who are participating in the NDC Accreditation Pathway.

PERC 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 PERC, we ask parents to:

  • 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!).
  • 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.)

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. She is trained in the delivery of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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.


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