Dr Mick O'Keeffe

MBBS Medical Degree, University of Qld
FRACP Specialist Paediatric Qualification, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
MPH Master of Public Health, University of Queensland
MMedEd  Masters Degree in Medical Education, Sydney University

After graduating from medical school in 1990, I gained experience in various aspects of medicine in different places around Queensland, but it was paediatrics that really captured my attention.

A lot of time in the early part of paediatric training is spent looking after sick children in hospital, but I found myself becoming increasingly interested in children’s learning, development and behaviour. Trying to understand why a child is having difficulties in these areas is something I find fascinating and challenging. Every child and family has their own story!

I completed several years of specialist training in this field, and now have over 10 years experience working full time as a specialist developmental-behavioural paediatrician.

In addition to private practice at the CDN, I work in public practice at the Child Development Service at Keperra. I have published several research papers, including a study on collaboration between health professionals and schools. I am involved in teaching child development to future paediatricians and GPs. In recent years, I have directed considerable time and energy towards the further enhancement of training standards for developmental-behavioural paediatrics in specialist training programs in Australia and New Zealand.