Professor David Bennett
AO MBBS FRACP FSAHM
David specialises in the assessment and management of children and adolescents with complex health and developmental concerns. Utilising a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, he engages with young people and their parents to lay the groundwork for achieving optimal health and wellbeing, whatever the circumstances.
In addition to his clinical and consulting roles with Developmental Paediatrics, David is Emeritus Consultant in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Sydney. He established Australia’s first hospital-based adolescent unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1977 and developed innovative community-based services for young people at risk, advocating strongly for the health and medical care of children at this formative stage of life.
David has published extensively in his field including I just want you to be happy: Preventing and tackling teenage depression. He is Past President of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, Australian and International Associations for Adolescent Health and, until recently, served as Senior Clinical Adviser in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing to NSW Health.