Doug is a paediatrician who qualified in 1994 and who has sub-specialised in community paediatrics and child development. He is the Medical Director for Children’s & Women’s Health, Gold Coast Health (2000-2013), comprising Community Child Health providing community based child health nursing, school health and child development services; the Paediatric Unit, Gold Coast University Hospital providing acute inpatient and outpatient services; and Women’s Health Services, providing birthing, inpatient and outpatient services.
Doug’s special interest areas are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) for which he achieved a Churchill Fellowship 2013-14 to investigate how to build a comprehensive assessment and intervention service for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Indigenous child health; child development and learning problems; obesity; and leadership versus management and how to do both better.
Doug is a current member on the Expert Panel on Childhood Obesity and Food Taxation, Griffith University, 2013; the Child Development Sub-Network, Queensland Health (2000-2013) and chaired this network from 2008-2010. He is a member of the Queensland State Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Deputy chair, 2007 – 2008 and Chair 2009 – 2010). He is on the Specialist Advisory Committee, Community Child Health (Oversight of paediatric trainees) as a Member (2003- 2008) and Chair (2006 – 2008); involved in curriculum development for paediatric training in community child health, RACP (Chair, curriculum writing committee, 2003-2007); a member of the child development special interest group (Deputy chair 2003 – 2006 and Chair 2007 – 2008) and served as a member of the Chapter of Community Child Health from 1996 – 2013.
Doug’s publications and presentations on FASD and related issues include “The Science & Evidence for Early Intervention in Child Development, 2012, General Practice Gold Coast Scientific Meeting; FASD Awareness Day Panel Discussion, 2012, University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital, 2012; FASD Intervention Strategies, University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, 2012; FASD in Queensland, Gold Coast Infant Mental Health Conference, 2012; Dean L Biron, Doug Shelton (2007) Functional time limit and onset of symptoms in infant abusive head trauma. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 43 (1-2), 60–65; C Wright, D Shelton, M Wright. A contemporary review of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties 14 (2), 199-214; and Reid, N., Dawe, S., Shelton, D., Harnett, P., Warner, J., Armstrong, E., LeGros, K., & O'Callaghan, F. (2015) Systematic review of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder interventions across the lifespan. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (Accepted for publication).Doug received an Out-Standing Child Abuse Research Award (OSCAR), 23rd Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, January 2008.