Melbourne paediatric specialists

Experienced, comprehensive paediatric care by paediatricians who live and work in the local community.

We understand the crucial central role that general practitioners and Maternal and Child Health nurses play in the journey of families before, during and after the childhood period. Families have entrusted their children to you as their primary health carer and in turn it is essential that you can trust in us. We aim to work in partnership with the family and referrers to provide comprehensive, integrated care and recognise the importance of timely communication and accessibility to achieve this.

Our Director, Dr. Cathy Coates, is a general paediatrician who was based at Latrobe Regional Hospital between 2010 to 2018, becoming Clinical Lead in Paediatrics from January 2017 to November 2018.  She also worked part-time in the Paediatric Emergency Department of Monash Medical Centre for 9 years and the combination of her experience in both acute and ambulatory general paediatrics is a unique skill set, with families being able to access streamlined care for all forms of acute and ambulatory paediatric conditions.

Dr Siobhan Mullane is an experienced paediatrician with a particular interest in continence and toileting problems, unsettled babies, developmental and social and behavioural concerns, ADHD, autism, sleep issues and learning difficulties.  In addition to her role at Fairfield Paediatrics, Siobhan also works as a paediatrician in a Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics service and a Refugee Health clinic in a Community Health Centre.

Dr Sarah Donoghue is an experienced paediatrician and clinical geneticist. Sarah has completed fellowships in general paediatrics with a special focus on neurodevelopmental disability and in clinical genetics with specialised training in metabolic genetics. Sarah has a special interest in treatable causes of intellectual disability and management of complex disability. Sarah supports children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. She supports parents with further investigations to look at causes for global developmental delay and intellectual disability. Sarah is also happy to see parents for further discussion if genetic variants are identified on carrier testing for metabolic conditions. She has a special interest in children and adults who have been diagnosed with metabolic conditions.

Fairfield Paediatrics has links with a comprehensive range of experienced allied health professionals who operate from our practice including a paediatric neuropsychologist, speech pathologists, occupational therapist, psychologist and psychotherapist.  Please contact us for more information.

For Urgent Appointments

We recognise the difficulty in achieving rapid, experienced review for children with acute medical issues, with often the only option being referral to an Emergency Department which frequently results in either a lengthy wait to be seen, review by a very inexperienced doctor or significant expense for the family if they choose to attend a private Emergency Department.

For children with an acute medical issue that would benefit from specialist review within 24-72 hours, please contact our practice to discuss.



Fairfield Paediatrics is a private specialist paediatric clinic and we do not offer bulk-billing.

A new referral is required whenever the child’s condition has changed or a new illness or issue develops. We suggest a new referral is obtained every 12 months as the vast majority of children have had a change in their condition or a new concern arise in that time period and we are unable to see the child without a valid referral.

Absolutely, we welcome referrals from eligible midwives.

Yes – for appropriate families, we welcome the opportunity to provide a Telehealth service.   Please contact us to discuss.

Absolutely – Fairfield Paediatrics highly values continuing medical education and recognises the crucial role general practitioners, eligible midwives and Maternal and Child Health nurses play in the lives of families.  We will be offering regular educational opportunities, please let us know of any topics you would particularly like covered.

Mental Health Referrals

Fairfield Paediatrics is a specialist paediatric practice with a particular focus on acute medical issues and long-term behavioural and developmental needs. For patients with an uncomplicated mental health condition, eg anxiety, we request in the first instance they be referred to a psychologist, paediatric psychiatrist or outpatient mental health service such as Headspace, CAMHS etc.  If you would like any advice about potential options, please contact us to discuss.

For children with complex mental health conditions or comorbid medical conditions, please refer them to both Fairfield Paediatrics and an appropriate mental health provider. We are unable to accept referrals for mental health conditions where no other support has yet been put in place for the family.

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Complete our referral form on behalf of your patient.