General Paediatrics

The Starship General Paediatrics service provides specialist paediatric medical assessment and management for children and young people who live in the Central Auckland area. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services. Inpatients are usually admitted through the Starship Emergency Department and occasionally as an arranged admission. We provide an inpatient programme for young people with eating disorders who are medically unstable, in collaboration with the Child Liaison Psychiatry team and Eating Disorders Service.

Through outpatients we see children and young people with a wide range of paediatric medical problems requiring diagnosis and management. This includes children with behavioural and developmental problems including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, developmental issues, and children who have multiple or complex medical issues requiring ongoing care. We work closely with other health and community services and the Ministry of Education to support children's health and development needs.

The team consists of specialist general paediatricians, a dedicated nursing team, a clinical psychologist, play specialist, junior doctors in training and medical students.

General Paediatrics works very closely with the Starship Community team, and collaborates with nurse practitioners, social workers and allied health professionals in that service, as well as Te Hononga, a community health organisation, to provide a community based multi-disciplinary diagnostic and management service.  The service works with families in the community who may be struggling to manage a child’s health or behavioural condition, navigating the health system, struggling with attending appointments and requiring other social supports.


  • Dr Raewyn Gavin Paediatrician
  • Dr Danny Stewart Paediatrician
  • Dr Greg Williams Paediatrician
  • Dr Diane Emery Paediatrician
  • Prof Cameron Grant Paediatrician
  • Dr Anne Tait Paediatrician
  • Dr John Milledge Paediatrician
  • Dr Emma Taylor Paediatrician
  • Dr Raylene Rao Paediatrician
  • Dr Reena Ho Paediatrician

Referral Expectations

Referrals to the General Paediatrics outpatient service are made by General Practitioners (GPs), Ministry of Education staff and ADHB staff. Our aim is to see all referrals within six weeks. Patients are then assessed and treated as required, maintaining close communication with the family/whanau's primary care provider and with the expectation of timely referral back to primary health care. 

Referrals are also received from tertiary subspecialist services within Starship and general paediatric teams around New Zealand for the purposes of co-ordination of care.

Referrals to the Toi Tu Kids programme are made directly to the Toi Tu Kids service itself. See the following link for further information. 

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