Elizabeth Green MB BS (Hons) FRACP is a paediatrician and parent. She graduated from Melbourne University in 1982 and has a vast and diverse bank of clinical experience. This incorporates city and rural general practice and being a flying doctor in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Working with children in remote parts of Australia sparked her passion for paediatrics. She qualified as a paediatrician in 1997 and spent twenty-four years in private practice in Perth, Australia, before focusing on childhood advocacy and her medical and personal writing as an author.
COVID changed her perspective and affirmed her belief that being a doctor is more than the medicine – it’s about belonging. To ensure children are anchored to roots that wrap them with love and protect them from trauma she has spoken out to media and keeps shouting about issues that impact on kids and families. These include: social and technological change; anxiety; autism; ADHD; performance and learning pressures and rising mental health. She has a voice and a heart for families who struggle to access paediatricians, psychologists and speech pathologists in her home State of Western Australia.
Dr Green has contributed a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on ‘Intentional Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Children’. Award winning journalist, Natasha Bita interviewed her as part of a prominent article in ‘The Australian’ newspaper, ‘There are rising levels of stress and self-harm among children.’ Dr Green was invited to write an article, ‘Are Standardized Tests Giving Your Child Anxiety?’ for the anxiety.org site and has spoken on talk back radio about this topic.
She is a regular correspondent about topical childhood and parenting issues in The West Australian newspaper and has a published op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald, https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/time-to-throw-down-the-gauntlet-on-the-dark-side-of-parenting-20171220-h07t13.html.
Dr Green has also written articles in the medical journal, Medicus, including, ‘The Comorbidities That Exacerbate ADHD’ and a cover story on child mental health, ‘What about the younger ‘uns?’, Journal of the Australian Medical Association WA, vol. 62, Issue 3, pp. 26-27.
In her personal life she is supported by her husband, Dr Stephen Langford, a flying doctor and author of the book, ‘The Leading Edge – Innovation, technology and people in Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service’. This book is published and available online with the University of Western Australia (UWAP).
She has two extraordinary daughters that she loves ‘to the moon and back’ and forever. They are adults. She respects their privacy.