Pam has worked as an Australian general practitioner since 1987, with particular interests in sexual health, women’s health, and mental health. She is an Associate Professor (adjunct) with the Centre for Maternity Newborn and Families Research Centre MHIQ, Griffith University, a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice at The University of Queensland, and founder of the non-profit Possums for Mothers and Babies Ltd.

Over the past 15 years Pam has, with various teams, developed and published the pioneering evidence-base for Neuroprotective Developmental Care, or 'the Possums programs'. Her research has been supported by an RACGP Foundation Chris Silagy Research Scholarship; two Primary Health Care Education and Research Development Fellowships; a school-based scholarship through the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre at The University of Queensland; the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies; and the Discipline of General Practice at The University of Queensland.

Her medical publications include a cover article in the BMJ, a lead article in Archives of Disease in Childhood, and a featured article in Breastfeeding Medicine. She was recipient of the RACGP’s Alan Chancellor Award in 2014.

Her PhD employs both narrative and analytic approaches to examine women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth, and the early years of parenting.

Pam is blessed with six adult children and stepchildren, and many very precious grandchildren.

Professional affiliations

Member of theFellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Australian Medical Association Queensland
Australian Association of Academic Primary Care
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health
Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand
Member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine




Doctor of Philosophy
Women’s Studies
Department of English, Media Studies and Art History
The University of Queensland


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia


Women’s Health Certificate
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

1985 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
The University of Queensland