Dr Nisha Brown

Paediatric (Neonatal) Occupational Therapist

  • Doctor of Philosophy – The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – La Trobe University, School of Health Sciences

If you would like to make an appointment or ask a question email or call 0425843354

Clinical Interests

  • infant development from birth
  • infant interactions
  • the recognition of subtle infant ‘behavioural cues’
  • settling and sleep patterns
  • infant self-regulation (self-calming)
  • babies with discomfort (e.g. food intolerances, reflux, GOR)
  • preterm infant development (monitoring and intervention)
  • babies with movement difficulties or developmental delay
  • babies at developmental risk (movement, play and interactions, including sensory and emotional regulation)

Background and Experience

Nisha is a paediatric occupational therapist who has specialised in early infant development and parenting.

Nisha seeks to bridge the gap between research findings in the field of infant neurobehaviour (babies’ behavioural, physical and neurological development) and clinical practice. This has particular importance for the information and advice that is given to parents.


Nisha’s research studies have focused on the relationship between baby behaviours and brain development.

Her PhD and post-doctoral studies were based at the Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s Hospitals (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victorian Infant Brain Studies Team). These studies also took her to Boston (Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School) for specialist training in the assessment of babies.

Clinical Experience

Before private practice, Nisha worked clinically in the neonatal intensive and special care nurseries at the Royal Women’s Hospital for many years and was instrumental in establishing the multidisciplinary Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Therapy Team.

Nisha has also worked in a number of multidisciplinary community paediatric therapy teams both here and in the UK.

Clinics and Other Employment

Nisha runs workshops for parents (ante-natal and postnatal) relating to newborn behaviours and supporting development from birth. Refer to her website for the latest timetable and bookings.

Nisha remains an Honorary Research Fellow with the Victorian Infant Brain Studies Team (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and The University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Women’s Hospital/Mercy.

Professional registration & membership:

  • AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist OCC0001982622
  • Occupational Therapy Australia member
  • Registered Medicare provider

Contact details

t:  0425 843 354

e: infantdevelopment@nishabrown.com.au

w: www.nishabrown.com.au

Nisha works part-time, with a weekly clinic (Monday morning) at The Clifton Hill Child and Adolescent Therapy Group

Nisha offers home-visits Tuesday – Thursday and evening workshops