Ballarat Paediatricians


Fiona trained as a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Royal Darwin Hospital. As a Consultant Paediatrician, she has worked in the Northern Territory before commencing work at Ballarat in 2008. Fiona works with the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service and with the paediatric diabetes clinic at Ballarat Health Services. She provides outreach ambulatory paediatric services to Stawell. Fiona is a lecturer with Melbourne University and Deakin University. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children.
David completed his paediatric training through the Royal Children’s Hospital, before working in Albury-Wodonga.  He then worked in Malawi, Africa running a large unit dealing with many tropical diseases, malnutrition, TB and HIV.  David has worked in the Ballarat Region since 2008, developing interests in neonatal medicine, adolescent eating disorders and immigrant/refugee health.  David runs separate immigrant health clinics in Ballarat, Footscray and Melton, and is a senior lecturer at Deakin and Melbourne Universities, and also provides outreach paediatric services to Stawell.  In his spare time he likes pretending he is fit, enjoys spending time with his wife and wrangling his three lovely children.
Louise is a general paediatrician who completed her medical training in South Africa before emigrating to Australia 12 years ago. Louise has also worked in Christchurch and obtained the diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Otago University. Louise particularly likes neonatal and mother-infant work, and has a special interest in food allergy.  She participates in medical student teaching with both Melbourne and Deakin University, and also provides outreach paediatric services to Horsham.
 Louise and her husband have three young adult children and have a shared passion of long distance and mountain walking.
Mark is a general paediatrician, born and bred in Ballarat, who returned in 2011 with his wife and two daughters. He is currently working both privately and publically in Ballarat, and is a lecturer for both Deakin and Melbourne University, and also provides outreach paediatric services to Stawell. 
 During his training, he was a gastroenterology fellow at Royal Children’s Hospital, and has a particular interest in encopresis, incontinence, allergy, and educating and empowering parents in regards to their children’s health.
 Outside of medicine, he is an avid writer of a blog at marknethercote.com, and likes to run around the lake at an ever-decreasing pace.
Philippa is a New Zealand born paediatrician who trained in Melbourne and has lived in Australia for the last 10 years. She has an interest in all areas of general paediatrics, from concerns in the newborn period to adolescent issues, and everything in between! Philippa has had extensive experience in developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders. She spends her time between Ballarat and Melbourne and continues part time work at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Shabna is a general paediatrician who graduated with honours from Cambridge University and completed her paediatric training in Nottingham, Oxford and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She holds degrees in Neuroscience and a Masters in Medical Education. 
Shabs enjoys all aspects of paediatrics especially respiratory and allergy. She also instructs on APLS – a course teaching advanced resuscitation to health professionals around Australia. 
In her spare time she enjoys singing and playing the flute.
Austen is a South African trained Paediatrician who initially worked in the Johannesburg area before working in Botswana for 9 years. He then emigrated to Australia in 2006 to work in the Sale, where he continued his special interests in neurodevelopmental and behavioural paediatrics, and also provides outreach paediatric services to Horsham.
 Austen enjoys all aspects of his work, especially looking after children with ADHD and Autism. He loves spending time with his wife, two teenage children, and loves photography, reading books, cycling and taking his dogs for long walks.
Maurice is a stalwart of the region, having served the Ballarat community since moving to Ballarat in 1982. He was previously the Head of the Paediatric Unit at Ballarat Health Services until 2014, and continues to devote his passion for helping children at Paediatrics Ballarat. In his spare time, Maurice loves bushwalking and hiking, tending to his veggie garden, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Lakshman is a consultant general paediatrician at Ballarat Health Services with a strong interest in neuro-developmental and behavioural paediatrics. He completed his paediatric training in the UK. Lakshman has also worked in Mildura, taught at Monash Rural Medical School, and was an honorary senior lecturer in the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. Lakshman has various interests, particularly improving the care for children with ADHD and Autism. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys watching cricket.