Biography

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

Her medical research concerning unsettled infant behaviour 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 lives with her husband in Brisbane, Queensland. Together, they have five adult children and stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

Professional affiliations

Fellow 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

Qualifications

2012 

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

2012-

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

2008

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

2004

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

1997

Women’s Health Certificate
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

1994–2004

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

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