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Dr Katie Heathershaw

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Dr Katie Heathershaw MBBS, FRACP, MD

Paediatrician (Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, General Paediatrics)

Clinical Interests:

Child behaviour problems, developmental and learning disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD, sleep problems of infants and children,  infant distress and general paediatric medicine.


Background and Experience:

Katie is one of Melbourne’s most sought after developmental and behavioural paediatricians.


She graduated MBBS from University of Melbourne in 1990, and the top graduating student at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She obtained her specialist qualification in paediatrics, FRACP, in 1998, then went on to obtain a post graduate degree in 2003.


Whilst working in the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, and undertaking advanced training in Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, Katie developed her passion for working in this field.


In order to best serve this goal, Katie founded the Melbourne Children’s Clinic in 2001, the first private, multidisciplinary paediatric clinic of its kind in Melbourne. The vision was to create a welcoming centre of excellence, where paediatricians, Sub Specialists and allied health practitioners could all work together to help children and their families with complex medical, behavioural, or developmental needs.


Katie is at the Melbourne Children’s Clinic 4 days a week, and feels lucky to get to go to work and play and chat with kids; cuddle babies; talk with parents about their concerns, but also their hopes and dreams; and hear from children and teenagers about how they see the problem.


Katie has three teenaged children, loves cooking, reading, skiing and yoga.

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