“For me, to help them and guide them and find a way forward and a path to a healthier better life – that’s rewarding.”
Specialising in behavioural and developmental paediatric health issues, Michael has seen an increase of children and families seeking help over the decades as more present with mental health, behavioural and neurological conditions.
He has been described by his colleagues as instrumental in the early endorsement and pioneering of the First 1000 days and now First 2000 days, where the relationship and wellbeing of a child from conception to five years old is crucial for their wellbeing later in life.
NSLHD Child, Youth and Family Director, Dr Elisabeth Murphy said: “Michael started at the time when there weren’t many issues about behavioural and development cases of children. It just wasn’t the level it is now.
“He has been a valuable pathfinder in this area of expertise.”
Michael, 72, is looking forward to travelling Arnhem Land and “not chasing the clock”.