Assoc Prof Dr Irwin Pakula

Dr Irwin Pakula MBBS, FRANZCP, is the Medical Superintendent and a Psychiatrist at South Coast Private.

Dr Pakula first started work in the Illawarra in the late seventies. He moved shortly after to commence his training in Psychiatry at Kenmore Hospital in Goulburn. After working in regional parts of NSW he moved back to the Illawarra. He has been a valued member of the Illawarra Health services for over 30 years. His first role as an educator was supervising medical students in psychiatry and neurology for the University of Newcastle. He was the key driver in the implementation of a psychiatric postgraduate program in the Illawarra.

Additionally, he was appointed Director of Mental Health Services for 11 years at Wollongong Hospital. After his time as the Director he opened his own private practice. He is currently involved in teaching at the school of Medicine at University of Wollongong. Dr Pakula became a Psychiatrist because of his fascination with the human conditions and the human mind. His passion for the field shows as he has been nominated and received a variety of awards. His key interests in the field are Schizophrenia, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Bipolar disorder, Depression and Anxiety disorders.


On 13 April 2017, Healthe Care Australia (“Healthe Care”), Australia’s third largest corporate private hospital operator and pan-Asian health care services group acquired Evolution Healthcare’s three Illawarra hospitals: Shellharbour Private Hospital, South Coast Private Hospital and Wollongong Day Surgery.

Healthe Care currently has:

  • 35 private hospitals (34 in Australia and one in New Zealand)
  • Approaching 7,000 staff
  • Near 2,500 hospital beds

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