Pamela Douglas


Pam has been in general practice since 1987, with special clinical interests in the care of new families, mental health, and women’s health.

Her medical research calls for a paradigm shift in the way health professionals approach early life care, in particular, breastfeeding difficulty, unsettled infant behaviour, and maternal mood, and offers integrated, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

Her research in women’s studies and creative writing explores the historical and sociocultural factors that explain why early parenthood can be so difficult, and what we as a society might do about it. This aspect of her work casts light, for example, on why different approaches to infant care are so hotly contested.

She aims to empower parents – both in her work developing community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care, or the Possums programs, and in her writing. She is also aims to empower health professionals who work with new families, through educational opportunities.