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Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Philip Bird is a Consultant Psychiatrist, who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom in 1988. He completed his advanced training in psychiatry in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Bird has worked in private practice on the Sunshine Coast since 1997 and established The Gosforth Clinic in 1998, which provides adult outpatient psychiatric services. In 2002 two specialist services were added to the clinic; The Memory Clinic to assess individuals with memory loss associated with aging and the Adult ADHD Clinic providing assessment and treatment for developmental attentional and communication impairments such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). His private practice also focuses on the treatment of eating disorders, acquired brain injury and mood disorders.

Dr Bird has chaired and presented educational meetings for both psychiatrists and general practitioners in the area of Adult ADHD and communication disorders both in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Bird has participated in national ADHD interest groups, committees and industry advisory boards and lectured to senior registrars in psychiatry.

In both 2008 and 2015 Dr Bird presented at the annual Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress. He was invited to deliver a presentation at the 2015 Neurological Disorders Summit in San Francisco, United States. Dr Bird recently had an article published in The Journal of Medical Case Reports describing the treatment of autism spectrum disorders with low-dose phenytoin.


Monica Hassall has been involved in the area of ADHD for a number of years now. She has a 30 year career as a nurse and health educator (in a range of specialties). She completed her nursing training at The Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1986 and then successfully completed her Nursing Degree in 1996.

Monica has completed her ADD Coach Academy Graduate quali cations in 2015, and devotes her time to “making life more connected” for her clients with ADHD and executive functions challenges. Monica works closely with her clients using the most current neuroscience, coaching principles, and Mindfulness to build a close and supportive relationship with her clients. Monica is the Co-director of Connect ADHD Coaching and has co-developed Parent Partner Coach Programs, innovating the way forward to reach out for clients and their families.


Maggie is a clinical neuropsychologist. She graduated from Melbourne University with a Masters Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology, and completed a Ph.D at the University of Queensland.

Maggie is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and is an accredited supervisor with the Psychologists Board of Australia. She is currently the Chair of the APS Sunshine Coast Branch and a committee member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Queensland section.

Maggie has worked in several areas of neuropsychology within both private and public sectors. She was also the course coordinator for the paediatric neuropsychology coursed at the University of Queensland, and is currently a guest lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Maggie currently maintains a private practice on the Sunshine Coast and also works for Disability Services with the Evolve Child Safety Behaviour Support Service.

Maggie’s neuropsychological practice extends across the life-span; from childhood to older adults. Maggie’s practice is focused on assessment and diagnostic work. She occasionally undertakes more psychological based interventions although these form a very minimal part of her practice.


We welcome Dr Shirley – Anne Oelofse to our team offering her support, education and advice to patients diagnosed with Adult ADHD to complement the clinical care provided by Dr Philip Bird.

Dr Shirley qualified as a GP in South Africa 1998 and later pursued a special interest in families with ADHD and related challenges of optimal brain functioning. She ran a medical practice for ADHD across the lifespan in South Africa for 5 years before moving to the Sunshine Coast in January 2020. Dr Shirley has been a presenter on the subject of ADHD for both professionals and consumers. She enjoys bush walking, bird watching, reading and watching movies.

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