Garth Smith

Dr Garth Smith


Consultant Paediatrician

Academic Qualifications                              


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)        1990    University of Otago NZ
  • Bachelor of Medicine and
  • Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) 1995    University of Otago NZ                                

Post Graduate

Post Graduate Diploma in:

  • Obstetrics (DipObs)                  1998    University of Otago NZ
  • Child Health (DCH)                  1998    University of Otago NZ

Fellowship Of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) 2007

Other relevant qualifications

  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support 1999, 2004, 2010
  • Griffiths Mental Development Scales 2005 (Tutor 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Basic Paediatric Hypnosis- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 2006
  • Intermediate Paediatric Hypnosis- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 2010 
  • Autism Diagnositic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2) 2013
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Allergic Diseases 2014 University of Western Sydney

Garth trained in medicine at the University of Otago, initially in Dunedin and subsequently in Christchurch clinical school. After graduating in 1995 he travelled and trained in a variety of hospitals to gain a broad experience from numerous mentors in Paediatric Medicine, Neonatology and Developmental Paediatrics. Specialist training occurred in Hawkes Bay, Christchurch, Nelson, Glasgow - Scotland, London - England, and finally in Auckland. Gaining a full Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2007 he returned to take up practice as a Consultant Paediatrician in Nelson. He has regularly worked  in Wellington, and Hutt Valley in Developmental Paediatrics and in a specialised clinic for ADHD and Autism (for both children and adults). He periodically works in Australia, and maintains medical registration there.

Since qualifying as a specialist, further training has been undertaken in Developmental Paediatrics, Clinical Hypnosis and Allergy. Garth regularly attends courses and conferences locally and internationally to make sure that he is practicing up to date medicine, and to keep abreast of this rapidly changing field of medicine. He recently extended a long held interest in Allergy by completing a two year Post Graduate Certificate in Allergic Disease, through the University of Western Sydney, with clinical training at the Westmead Childrens Hospital, in Sydney. He has also been a Council Member for the Paediatric Society of NZ between 2009 and 2015, and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the University of Otago Medical School and an Honorary Research Associate for the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University. He has a research interest in ADHD.