Dr. De Paediatric Service

Dr. Sukanya De

MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP

Hello,

As a general paediatrician I have the privilege of working with children and their families to oversee the management of a range of childhood medical conditions, developmental disorders, behavioural concerns and learning difficulties.
 

I have a special interest in paediatric incontinence problems (such as day time urinary incontinence/bed wetting/constipation/faecal incontinence). Problems related to urinary or faecal incontinence are very challenging with social/emotional ramifications and quite often children as well as parents bear the burden of responsibility for the toileting difficulties. An important aspect of my management involves demystifying the condition for children and their parents and working with them to develop a systematic approach to management.

I believe in a collaborative team approach that involves the child, their family, where necessary the school, the referring doctor, allied health professionals (speech/occupational therapist/psychologist) and other specialists involved in the care of the child. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, language disorders or learning difficulties (and quite often a combination of one or more of these) thrive when they are in a supported environment at home and school with well informed parents/carers and educators. Children with problems relating to bowel bladder dysfunction/incontinence too require a supported home and school environment with a structured toileting routine tailored to their specific requirements.  Identifying those support needs in a timely manner requires regular communication among parents, therapists and the teachers that are involved in the care of the child.

An important aspect of my role as paediatrician is assisting parents to be confident advocates for their child. This involves supporting parents in their journey as they develop their knowledge and understanding of their child’s medical condition, and acquire skills that will help them assist their child in achieving their full potential.

As a parent, I have found parenting to be a journey of continuous learning and discovery. Good medicine just like good parenting involves not merely supporting a child’s vulnerability but also highlighting to each child his/her unique strengths and encouraging them to celebrate and develop those.

I am a fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians having completed my fellowship training in the discipline of Paediatrics and Child health at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. I then completed a PhD through the University of Sydney. I grew up in New Delhi, India where I obtained my undergraduate medical degree as well as postgraduate specialist qualification through The University of Delhi prior to moving to Sydney in 2002.

To make an appointment and for all enquires, please contact us:

Opening hours:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

9am to 4:30pm.

Getting here:

Practice address: 14 Fisher Avenue, Pennant Hills

Street parking available as well as free parking in the adjacent shopping arcade, only a couple of minutes walk from the practice.