PATCHES October Update

PATCHES October Update

It has been a busy few months at PATCHES. With clinics in the Perth metro area, Midland, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra and Broome.

PATCHES is continuing to expand, and are now offering therapy services in the Perth metro and hills areas.

We are proud to announce that PATCHES was successful in being granted a 3 year Commonwealth grant to support a collaboration with NOFASD, FASD Tasmania, and clinical teams in Darwin, Alice Springs, and Adelaide to further develop FASD Diagnostic Services and Models of Care, with the goal of increasing access to sustainable services that are integrated with local communities. Included in this project is development of a FASD Diagnostic Graduate Certificate through UWA.

Pictured above: Dawn Brodie(Ability Centre) and Amanda Ng (PATCHES Neuropsychologist) in Kalgoorlie

The PATCHES team continues to grow!

In October we welcomed…

Tiffany, Chris, Anne, Vicki and Robyn.

Anne Hawkins has joined the team as the Clinical Services Manager for National Programs and the Perth Office. Anne’s background is in genetic counselling, and she was the Clinical Service Manager of Genetic Services of Western Australia for the last four and half years. Anne is currently completing a Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership at Murdoch University.

Pictured above: The PATCHES team

Chris Briody has joined us as the Clinical Services Manager for the Kimberly/Pilbara Region. Chris’background is in clinical exercise physiology and business. Chris has dual bachelors and master degrees and has been practicing for 8 years where he has worked in Queensland Health, non-for-profit organisations, occupational rehabilitation and private practice. Chris has worked in a joint project with Education Queensland and the Australian Sports Commission to deliver therapy to primary school aged children with disabilities. Chris also worked for a Youth Detention Centre where he rehabilitated young men (95% indigenous) with the assistance of Education Queensland through recreational activities which include working in a multi-disciplinary team in therapeutic programs. Physical exercise through gym, sporting teams and recreational sports to teach clients how to live a fulfilling, safe and most importantly criminal free life.


Tiffany comes to us with a wealth of administrative experience in the Justice system and business, she has taken on the role of Justice System and Neuropsychology coordinator and we are lucky to have her join the team.

Vicki has joined PATCHES as the Administration Officer in Broome to support our growing therapy client base and team.

We welcome back Robyn who is an Occupational Therapist joining the Broome team.



Pictured Left (James Fitzpatrick, Anne Hawkins, Maureen Carter visiting from Fitzroy and David Szczecinski)

Chris has taken the baton to continue the growth of NDIS therapy services in the Kimberly and Pilbara Regions and has grown the number of referrals by 200% in less than a month and has been recruiting speech pathologists and occupational therapists to work in regional hubs that include: Port Hedland, Karratha, Derby and to continue in Broome.  PATCHES Paediatrics work closely with local coordinators for the WA-NDIS to provide therapy to individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life.