PATCHES 2015 End of Year Update

PATCHES 2015 End of Year Update


2015 was an exciting and successful year for PATCHES Paediatrics, with the number of clinics conducted and patients seen greatly increased from previous years, as well as the involvement of a diverse range of new partner organisations, clinicians and support staff.

2016 is a year of consolidation and growth, including extra clinic sites planned, a FASD diagnosis program for the Justice system, and expanded services in the Pilbara, Kimberley, and outer metropolitan Perth. To view the PATCHES Paediatrics Annual Report please click on the Online Forms tab on our website.



In 2015 PATCHES conducted close to 30 clinics in rural and remote locations throughout Western Australia. This included Rural Health west-funded outreach services, scheduling an additional 900 Medicare-funded episodes of care, and providing 155 individual Early Intervention episodes of care to children with a disability.

This is a great achievement and we would like to thank all involved including families and children, our host facilities, clinicians and administration staff. It is a massive effort from all and is great to work together within a coordinated and collaborative approach.



2015 saw PATCHES outreach to a number of clinic sites including regular clinics in Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Valley and also new clinics in Karratha, Roebourne, Port Hedland, Armadale and within the Justice system. In addition to clinics PATCHES has incorporated Telehealth consultations as part of our practice to include clients not able to reach clinics.

2016 will see an increase in PATCHES clinics through all sites with the new clinic partnerships in Pilbara communities on a more regular basis. Extra sites in the Perth area and within the Justice System will also be established.



We would like to thank the clinicians who worked with us over the past year and helped provide excellent services to our clients.

A number of clinicians from our partner organisations worked with PATCHES, and we acknowledge the support and expertise of clinicians is vital to the success of PATCHES. We thank you all for your hard work throughout the year.


Dr Shveta Patel (WA Health)

Dr Rex Henderson (WA Health)

Dr Desiree Silva (Joondalup Health Campus)

Annette Kogolo (Nindilingarri)

Aneka Collison

David Scezenski (Milan Therapeutics)

Dr Carmela Pestell (UWA)

Dr Jonson Moyle (MindLink)

Dr Jacenta Abbott (MindLink)

Dr Liz Vuletich (MindLink)

Jeremy Marriott (JM Psychology)

Robyn Doney

Nikki Hulse

Christopher Phillips (Phillips Medical Services)

Irene Long (Karratha Speech Pathology Clinic)

Kathryn McMahon

Libby Danckert (Ability Centre)

Kim Sheather (Ability Centre)


We welcomed new staff members: Kate Campbell (Practice administration officer), Jada Glasson-Carr (Administration Officer), Aneka Collison (Fitzroy Valley Clinic Coordinator) and Annette Kogolo (Fitzroy Valley Aboriginal Therapist)


And sadly we farewell staff members, and thank them for all their hard work: Nikki Hulse (Broome Clinic Coordinator) and Gayle Segar (Fitzroy Clinic Coordinator)


Overall, 2015 was an extremely positive year for PATCHES and we are very much looking forward to what’s to come in 2016. We would especially like to thank our funding partners:


Rural Health West

CAGES Foundation

Bright Blue Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids

Royalties for Regions/WA Country Health Services

McCusker Charitable Foundation


Telethon Kids Institute


WA Department of Corrective Services

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Australian Government Department of Health


Merry Christmas from all at PATCHES Paediatrics and have a safe and Happy New Year.