Dr Philip Beattie is married with two grown-up children. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the medical school of Queen's University, Belfast. Philip came to New Zealand in 1989 to further his medical training and compete in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, to defend the Commonwealth title he won in Edinburgh in 1986, representing Northern Ireland in athletics. He was also a member of the British team competing at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He worked at National Women's Hospital, training in obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology, before returning to the United Kingdom in 1991.
In 1992, Philip returned to New Zealand to marry paediatrician Wendy Walker. He now combines private practice with part time work as a specialist at Auckland City Hospital, National Women's Health. His main areas of interest include high-risk obstetrics, obstetric medicine and caesarean sections.
"Women come to us because they want the reassurance of knowing that if things do not go as planned, someone they know and trust will be there to do whatever needs to be done to give them a good outcome - a healthy baby."