MBBS (honours), MD (honours) PhD, DCH, FRACP
Petra is a General Paediatrician, holds a PhD and is a mother of two young children. She was educated in the Netherlands, but her PhD brought her to Australia via the UK and she made Adelaide her home, completing her Paediatric training program here. She has over 15 years’ experience as a doctor, working in a variety of different hospitals and community settings, including Flinders Medical Centre, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Hospital as well as hospitals in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
Completing a goal she has held since her own childhood, she was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has been working as a consultant paediatrician at Flinders Medical Centre. She also has a passion for teaching and education and is currently the Deputy Director of Clinical Training for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. In both her roles at Flinders Medical Centre she spends a significant portion of her time teaching medical students and junior doctors as well as paediatric trainees.
Petra has a special interest in the care of young babies, including irritable babies as well as the care of children with behavioural problems and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is accredited to provide diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
As a mother of two young children, Petra empathises with the demands placed on families today. She has moved countries several times and has a good understanding of cultural diversity and the impact on each family. Her patients praise her for her caring nature and her attention to detail. She is empathetic and thorough. She is a strong believer in the importance of shared decision making with parents and children if age appropriate.