I am a retired academic paediatrician whose home is in Newcastle, NSW.
My professional interests within Paediatrics and Child Health are in growth and nutrition, clinical endocrinology, and Community Child Health particularly Child Protection.
I hold affiliations with the University of Newcastle (Emeritus Professor), the Centre for Values Ethics and Law in Medicine, the University of Sydney (Honorary Professor), the University of Notre Dame, Broome campus (Adjunct Professor), and the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth (Visiting Research Fellow).
Following the end of my academic career in 2005, I worked until January 2015 as senior regional paediatrician for Kimberley Health based in Derby and then Broome. During these years I developed an anthropological-historical understanding of the deep origins of the crisis in Aboriginal Child Health. My book "Aboriginal Children: Culture, History and Health: Beyond Social Determinants" is published by Routledge, 2016.
In 2013 I initiated the Kimberley Alternative Juvenile Justice Strategy through the office of the MLA Kimberley. The aim is to shift the rhetoric from punishment to compassion for children in detention aged 10 to 17 in WA, and create an alternative to imprisonment for these damaged children.