Paediatrics for North lakes and Brisbane Surrounds
Specialist health care professionals caring for our community
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Our Paediatrics Specialists
Dr Prasanna Shirkhedkar
Dr Prasanna Shirkhedkar is a general paediatrician with over 27 years of paediatric clinical experience. He has trained primarily at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Network in Sydney towards his FRACP in general paediatrics. He has held numerous public hospital positions in NSW and QLD, including senior staff specialist/ consultant positions. He also enjoys in teaching roles, both for MBBS students as well as paediatric trainees working towards FRACP qualifications.
He has served on various QLD state-wide or Metro-North Health district’s clinical and administrative steering committees.
His clinical experience includes wide range of paediatric issues and conditions related to all body systems, developmental issues, behavioural issues and neonatal medicine. He likes to work in partnership with parents and carers to achieve the best long term outcomes for children. He considers it vitally important to understand child’s temperament, environment and parent’s preferences to find the best options of making happier children and families. He derives immense satisfaction by helping children achieve their best health potential in safest and quickest way.
Apart from being an excellent clinician, Dr Shirkhedkar believes in spending time to develop rapport with the child and the family. Being himself a father of 2 sons, Dr Shirkhedkar understands parents’ concerns and addresses them with empathy and good clinical judgement.
His areas of special interest include developmental, behavioural paediatrics, growth disorders, care of neonates and infants, and allergic/ immunological conditions. He accepts referrals for the age group of 0 to 16 years. Children with seen prior to the age of 16 years can be followed up to the age of 18 years prior to transition to adult physicians and / to a suitable general practitioner.
He is available for consultations two days per week at Specialist Medical Care Australia in North Lakes Specialist Medical Centre. Most first consultations are one-hour long. A referral from another doctor is required – either a general practitioner or another specialist doctor prior to consultation. A prior referral sent electronically from your doctor helps to categorise the urgency of appointment required for your child.
Some problems that are commonly addressed by Dr Shirkhedkar include (but not limited to)
- Developmental Delay
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism / ASD Assessment and management in conjunction with allied health therapists
- Learning difficulties in children including SLDs such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia etc
- Respiratory problems – Chronic cough, allergic rhinitis, asthma and its variants
- Sleep difficulties
- Obesity and short stature, failure to thrive
- Care of children with Complex needs due to multiple or severe medical issues
- Seizure disorders
- Eczema and food allergies
Dr Sudeep is a specialist in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology. She has completed advance training in paediatric Endocrinology and General Paediatrics at Mater Children Hospital. Dr Sudeep has a special interest in growth disorders, thyroid hormones disorders, puberty and sexual development disorders, congenital adrenal disorders, pituitary disorders, vitamin D deficiencies, childhood obesity and paediatric syndromes.
Areas of Expertise and interests:
- Growth Disorders (Short stature & Tall stature)
- Thyroid Hormone Disorders
- Puberty and sexual development Disorders
- Congenital Adrenal Disorders
- Pituitary Disorders
- Vitamin D deficiencies (Rickets)
- Childhood Obesity and Paediatric Syndromes –Turners Prader Willi.
I have a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Pump therapy. I will be working hand in hand with experienced local Diabetes Educators to manage type 1 diabetes patients. I believe together we can make a difference. I am thrilled to start and establish Paediatric Endocrinology service at North Lakes permanently allowing patients to access specialist care locally.
What is Paediatrics?
Although paediatrics was developed as a specialised field of medicine in the 1700s, modern paediatrics began to be developed, recognised and embraced by the public in the 1900s. The adult body is substantially different physiologically from an infant’s or child’s body.
Paediatricians take into account the immature physiology of their young patients when considering symptoms, providing a diagnosis and prescribing medications and treatment. One significant difference between adult medicine and paediatrics is that young patients can’t make decisions regarding their treatment by themselves.
There are issues of guardianship, legal responsibility and informed consent that have to be considered in all paediatric procedures. Paediatricians deal much more closely with the families of their patients as well as the patients themselves.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
The Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the RACP has over 4,500 fellows and trainees in Paediatrics in Australia and New Zealand.
Over 2,000 paediatricians are currently qualified and practicing all across Australia. The RACP advocates for these practitioners and promotes the protection, development and palliative care, as well as the rights of children and young people in Australia and New Zealand.