Champion for the children
SHEPPARTON PEDIATRICIAN PETER EASTAUGH HAS BEEN RECOGNISED FOR HIS WORK WITH DISTRICT SCHOOLS
The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank was filled with emotion when the Sandhurst diocese thanked paediatrician Peter Eastaugh for his work in district Catholic schools.
For more than 30 years, the Shepparton-based doctor has promoted the health and well-being of children with medical conditions and disabilities.
When he started working in schools during the early 1980s he would complete just one session each term.
‘‘Now, with the escalating needs of children, I’m in schools two days each week,’’ Mr Eastaugh said.
‘‘Our community has a problem with kids’ outcomes.
‘‘We have an escalating number of children with ADHD and with autism, but in reality, no-one seems to be intent on trying to alter this.
‘‘Everybody is trying to deal with the problem, rather than prevent it.’’
Mr Eastaugh has worked tirelessly on prevention, developing a strong connection with district staff, students and their families.
Parent Maryan Bourke, who has two children on the autism spectrum, thanked Mr Eastaugh for the impact he has had on her family.
‘‘I’ve got children at St Mary’s in Mooroopna and Notre Dame College,’’ Ms Bourke said.
‘‘For me, as an individual, I didn’t feel like I was losing it.
‘‘He is someone who is on my level and gave time for my children.’’
Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond presented Mr Eastaugh with a recognition award.
‘‘He is a man of an enormous reputation and also of deep compassion and immense goodwill,’’ Mr Desmond said.
‘‘He has been an unrelenting champion of children and their families. ‘‘He does not judge. ‘‘He does not see anyone or any case as less worthy of his expertise.’’
Mr Eastaugh was honoured by the celebrations, which included a morning tea and a special video presentation, filled with heart-felt messages from principals, teachers, parents and students across the districts Catholic schools.
Service recognised: Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond presented Shepparton pediatrician Peter Eastaugh with a Sandhurst recognition award.