Dr Mike Freelander MP, Member for Macarthur, Member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence
Dr Mike Freelander has served the Macarthur community both as a paediatrician for over 40 years, and the Federal Member for Macarthur since 2016. He has dedicated his life’s work to bettering children, families and the general community and advocates for policies that will benefit them.
Dr Freelander serves on the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, which is holding an Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Additionally, Dr Freelander supports establishing a multi-jurisdictional justice precinct in Macarthur to reduce the current 18-month average wait time for AVO in Southwest Sydney, and successfully secured ongoing funding and support for domestic violence case managers in Macarthur from the NSW Government.
Mike has been a paediatrician in Campbelltown for over 40 years and has dedicated his life’s work to make sure our kids get the best start in life.
Mike trained as a paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown after completing his residency at the Royal North Shore Hospital. In 1984, Mike and his wife Sharon moved to the Macarthur Region where they raised their six children. At this time Mike commenced work at Campbelltown Hospital where he took on the role as Head of Paediatrics from 1986 to 2013.
Mike set up practices in Campbelltown and Camden because he saw that the growing needs of the region were not being met. Despite his workload as a paediatrician Mike still finds time to give back to his profession, teaching the next generation of doctors as a lecturer at Western Sydney University.
His hard work and dedication to the region has earnt him the respect of local families and residents. In his near 4 decades as a paediatrician in the Macarthur region, Mike has seen over 200,000 patients.
Mike has increasingly seen his patients and their families face issues of access; access to healthcare, access to work, access to housing and access to education. It is these issues that drove Mike to run for the Federal seat of Macarthur.