Patches Paediatrics enters a new phase of activity

Dear Friends of Patches Paediatrics,

We have taken the liberty of adding many of you to our Subscriber list in the hope that you stay subscribed to receive updates on Patches activity. Our belief is that Healthy Kids Learn Better, and we are committed to coordinating the best possible child health and education services for kids in some of Australia’s most out-of-the-way communities.

Highlights of the last 3 months include:

  • Patches becoming the first Better Start for Children with Disability and Helping Children with Autism Service Provider for the Kimberley – ensuring those kids most in need can access these programs


  • Kathryn Thorburn coordinating Patches’ first Early Intervention Clinics in Broome, welcoming a fantastic team of private therapists who add capacity to the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) teams. Thanks to the Kimberley-Pilbara Medicare Local and Rural Health West for funding support!


  • Patches Coordinator Gayle Segar and Aboriginal Therapist Yolanda Skeen joining the Patches/Nindilingarri team in the Fitzroy Valley, after completing orientation in Perth with the State Child Development Service, Princess Margaret Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Department and Telethon Kids Institute



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Glenn Pearson (Manager, Aboriginal Child Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute) with Patches and Marulu Strategy team members

  • In the Fitzroy Valley, working alongside WACHS and Fitzroy Valley School staff to coordinate multidisciplinary team-based services at Baya Gawiy Family & Children Centre, Bayulu and Kulkarriya schools



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Bayulu school principals Sally and Tracy welcome Yolanda and Gayle, and Chelsea from the WACHS Allied Health team


Well that’s enough for this update – please do stay subscribed and we will keep you posted on upcoming activity.

Until next time…

Patches Paediatrics team