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After qualifying, Mary Cameron came travelling to the United Kingdom, where she stayed for 20 years. She trained in psychiatry at St George's Medical School, staying there to complete higher specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry. During this time she simultaneously completed training in family and marital therapy.
Mary Cameron was a pioneer in bringing about the recognition, comprehensive assessment, and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. In the 1990s she worked as a lecturer with Professor Peter Hill, at St George's, helping to run their flagship ADHD service. This included television appearances to educate the public on the subject.
Mary Cameron became a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1998, working in Bexley and then in Maidstone for her last three years. She was passionate about the NHS, and about her work generally, believing that putting time and resources into children helped to keep them away from the prison services. The daughter of a politician, she had a flair for medical politics herself, and latterly worked both as a busy clinician and as a manager in “modernising” the NHS. Her team was one of the first to trial and then deliver the working model for “Effective CAMHS” (child and adolescent mental health services).
During her career Mary Cameron inspired numerous trainees and colleagues to better themselves educationally and to develop their careers. In her last months she helped to train an Iraqi doctor.
Mary Cameron was a warm, fun loving, highly gregarious person who was a natural networker. She was also known for her feisty, honest style in dealing with people.
Mary Cameron battled with breast cancer for four years, working almost right up to her death. She leaves a husband and two young sons.