About The NDC Institute

Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC or the Possums programs) is a paradigm shift in evidence-based early life care and is already contributing to change in the care of parents with infants internationally.

NDC aims to protect the rapidly developing infant brain, gut, immune and stress response settings during the first critical months of life, and supports parents’ psychological resilience during this challenging though rewarding time. NDC applies the lenses of evolutionary biology, complexity science and holistic (or generalist) clinical practice in the interpretation of the latest scientific evidence. The NDC framework is laid out in about 30 peer-reviewed research publications and evaluations.

The NDC Institute translates this research to provide world-class online education and resources for health professionals, providers and educators in the domains of

  • Clinical breastfeeding support and lactation science
  • Infant cry-fuss problems
  • Sleep
  • Infant sensory motor needs and development
  • Perinatal and infant mental health.

Unlike other approaches to early life care, NDC uniquely acknowledges the interrelatedness of these domains, with clinical breastfeeding support and parent emotional well-being at the program's foundation, offering genuinely holistic care.

The NDC Institute is a labour of love and a proud Australian general practice initiative.

Read on to learn more about Dr Pamela Douglas.

This organisation is an accredited CPD Provider under the RACGP, ACM and ACRRM CPD Programs.

About Dr Pamela Douglas

Dr Pamela Douglas is an Australian GP and researcher, who has developed the evidence-base to the innovative programs known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC or the Possums programs) in about 30 peer-reviewed articles published in international journals since 2005, and then translated them into education programs for parents and health professionals. Dr Douglas is also a breastfeeding medicine physician who first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994.

She's been conducting educating in NDC or the Possums programs since 2011, and is author of a bestselling book for parents, The discontented little baby book. Dr Douglas is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, and Senior Lecturer with The General Practice Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland.