PATCHES Update May 2017

It has been another busy period for the PATCHES team, with over 80 clients assessed in multidisciplinary clinics between February and May.   Paediatrician-only clinics were also conducted in Broome (late February) and Derby in April.

In March the PATCHES team undertook a further FASD clinic as part of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.  It was great having medical practitioners from Alice Springs and Darwin, both providing expertise and local knowledge, to support this clinic.

Pictured left: Amanda Ng (Clinical Neuropsychologist – Registrar), Carmela Pestell (Director – Neuropsychology Services), Dianne Raby (Speech Pathologist) and James Fitzpatrick (Director, Paediatrician) in Kununurra.


Perth Metro multidisciplinary clinics continue to be conducted at St John of God Midland, within the local Justice System and the Robin Winkler Clinic (UWA) including Autism-focused clinics in partnership with the Autism Association WA.  Outreach clinics have included visits to the Pilbara (Hedland), Kimberley (Derby, Broome) and East Kimberley (Kununurra, including clients from Halls Creek).

PATCHES Kimberley

In early May, PATCHES conducted it’s first telehealth clinic at the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and Kimberley Medical Group.  This allowed Dr James Fitzpatrick to continue his valuable work in the Kimberley from afar; leading consults with families via video conferencing while the PATCHES team were on the ground in Broome.

The PATCHES Kimberley team also conducted a training workshop for local staff from the Department of Child Protection and Family Support who care for children with early life trauma.  And ongoing behavioural therapy is being delivered to local PATCHES clients in the Broome area.

Pictured right: David Szczecinski (Systemic Behavioural Specialist) and Katie Parker (Clinical Keyworker) at the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) prepping for a therapy session.

News and Upcoming Clinics

In exciting news, the Perth-based PATCHES team have moved into new office premises in Nedlands.  The office is located near the Perth Children’s Hospital and once refurbishment has completed over the next few months, the plans are to conduct clinics and therapy sessions at the facility.

Upcoming clinics include a pilot FASD multidisciplinary clinic in late May (Darwin) in-conjunction with Territory Families (Northern Territory Government), multidisciplinary clinics in Broome and Derby in June and the PATCHES Kimberley team are planning to deliver an Autism-focused clinic from 10-14 July.

We have welcomed a number of new staff and clinicians to the PATCHES team (see here for staff updates) and look forward to the next few exciting months!

Pictured above: Part of the PATCHES Neuropsychology team at the new office in Nedlands.