Practical Parenting expert: Dr Ginni Mansberg
By Practical Parenting Team
July 13 2018
Dr Ginni Mansberg is a GP, Practical Parenting Expert, author and resident doctor on Channel 7's Sunrise program.
Aside from her General Practice in Sydney’s Sans Souci, and supervisory role in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Notre Dame Sydney medical school, Ginni has written five books and works extensively as a medical journalist and columnist. She is an experienced TV presenter working with Channel 7 as their resident GP and she's the host of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under. She is also the host of Drivetime Medical, an educational podcast for primary care physicians.
Ginni holds a Graduate Diploma of Journalism and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ginni is a Non-Executive Director of the Immunisation Coalition and of Abano Healthcare, runs a consulting practice and owns a cosmeceutical skincare company.
Q. Your profession: What drew you to this area?
A. I wanted to be a doctor to make a difference and help people.
Q. What do you love most about what you do?
A. I love the variety and challenge of juggling so many different careers but it is my patients who make me feel so grateful, and often really humbled. I spend all day with people and I like being able to help them. I am challenged and inspired by them. I don't know any job quite as amazing as general practice for pure satisfaction.
Q. Why is it important to you to give our readers the most up to date information about parenting and health?
A. Everyone talks about Fake News, but we doctors have been facing truly harmful misinformation in the healthcare space for decades. I will always fight for the rights of people all around the world to have access to science and evidence based, ethical healthcare information.
Parents are an especially vulnerable group. You would do anything for the little people you have brought into this world, and many of us (me included) doubt our own instincts and abilities. That makes us fodder for exploitation. So its mums and dads and their children I am most passionate about.
Q. Your fave topics: What are you most passionate about?
A. Women's health and children's health, mental health, nutrition, cardiovascular and brain health. Really EVERYTHING medical.
Q. Off duty: what does your life look like when you're off duty?
A. Walk. With my dogs in a park, with my husband- we have our best business ideas and parenting breakthroughs while walking. Then drinking red wine and coffee.
Q. You have six children from a blended family. What do you all do together?
A. Anything a normal family does. Our eldest son turns 26 this year and lives and works in the USA so seeing him is a treat! As a family we are obsessed with cards, travel, coffee and going out for a great breakfast. And when I can drag them along, I love walking with them.
Q. What tips do you have for mums to find a good GP for their newborn/children?
A. Ask around for a recommendation. Pharmacists generally know every GP in the area and know what they prescribe and the demographics of their patients. So they often make recommendations.
Your problem is getting a GP who is taking on new patients. So ask your friends and relatives to put in a good word for you.
Q. What do you wish all new mums knew?
A. THEIR health is IMPORTANT. I often see a sick little one sitting on the knee of a worried mum who looks like she’s on death’s door herself but hasn’t considered asking for an appointment - it’s all about their kids! Please! Your kids need you to be healthy. So get vaccinated, and if you get sick, see a doctor! Ask friends and relatives for help so you can get a couple of hours sleep. It will make the world of difference!
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. My skin care company ESKcare.com which embodies everything I believe in- science and evidence with ethics and integrity. Plus it indulges my personal interest in skin!
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