Melbourne Paediatric Specialists


Dr Ian Woodcock

Paediatric Neurologist and General Paediatrician

Dr Ian Woodcock


Paediatric Neurologist
– Specialist in Neuromuscular Conditions
General Paediatrician

Clinical Interests

Dr Ian Woodcock has interests in all aspects of general paediatrics but with a particular focus and interest in common neurological conditions seen in general paediatrics such as headache, migraine and epilepsy.

Background and experience

Ian is a general paediatrician with interests in neurology and neurological disorders in childhood. As well as being a trained paediatrician, he is currently in the final year of his paediatric neurology training, and is employed as a Paediatric Neurology Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He has been employed at the Royal Children’s Hospital since moving to Melbourne from Yorkshire in the UK two and a half years ago.

Ian undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate training in the UK, qualifying in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 2005 before starting his paediatric training in Yorkshire in 2007. He has gained extensive experience in very busy paediatric departments with the NHS and has experience in all aspects of general paediatrics. After 18 months of working within a paediatric neurology department in the UK, during which time he achieved a Masters in Child Health from the University of Leeds, Ian knew that he wanted to focus on Paediatric Neurology. However, he decided to complete his General Paediatric training first in order to have a “more rounded and holistic” approach to the child.

Ian and his family moved to Melbourne in January 2015 to take up a role as a Paediatric Neurology Fellow at the RCH and has been employed there since. Ian’s UK general paediatric qualifications have been recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and he became a Fellow of the RACP in February 2017.

Research Interests

Ian has extensive research interests within the field of paediatric neurology and in particular in Neuromuscular disorders. Ian is currently working through a PhD at the University of Melbourne and is the primary investigator in two up-coming clinical trials, one for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and one for children and young people with fasioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

Ian has experience as a sub-investigator in several large scale international industry-sponsored drug trials, including breakthrough drug trials in Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Select Publications & Presentations →

  • Woodcock IR, Menezes MP, Coleman L, Yaplito-Lee J, Peters H, White SM, Stapleton R, Phelan DG, Chong B, Lunke S, Stark Z, Pitt J, Ryan MM, Robertson C, Yiu EM. Genetic, radiologic and clinical variability in Brown-Vialetto-van Laere Syndrome. Seminars in Paediatric Neurology, Published first online: 4th April 2017
  • Woodcock IR, Taylor LE, Ruddle J, Freeman JL, Dabscheck G. Acute Bilateral Myopia Caused by Lamotrigine Induced Uveal Effusions. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Accepted for Published first online: 21st June 2017
  • Woodcock IR, Coscini N, Mandelstam S, Rodriguez-Casero V, Dabscheck G. Acute spinal cord syndrome secondary to venous congestion. Neurology 2016; 87; 1302-3
  • Woodcock IR, Fraser L, Norman P, Pysden K, Manning S, Childs AM. The prevalence of neuromuscular disease in the paediatric population in Yorkshire, UK; variation by ethnicity and deprivation status. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2016; 58(8): 877-83
  • Thomas RK, Woodcock I, Aster AS, Kurdy NM. Plantar excision of primary interdigital neuromas. European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Meeting 2006.
  • Woodcock I. Foundation Year 2: Changing attitudes towards general practice. British Journal Of General Practice 2006:56;895.

Hospitals Accredited

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital