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PATCHES is now a Registered Service Provider for WA-NDIS

By James • July 20th, 2017
PATCHES is now a Registered Service Provider for WA-NDIS

PATCHES Publications

By James • June 2nd, 2017

See video of  the work PATCHES Director Dr James Fitzpatrick and the PATCHES clinical team are doing in Fitzroy Valley Here   Dr James Fitzpatrick and Associate Professor Carmela Pestell published an article for the Australian Doctor Magazine –  Australian Doctor Article

PATCHES Update May 2017

By James • May 11th, 2017
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 […]

PATCHES Update February 2017

By James • February 1st, 2017
PATCHES Update February 2017

PATCHES had a busy year in 2016 and we are heading into the new year with an expanding team and agency/service networks.   From May-December last year, PATCHES saw over 140 clients in the metro area resulting in over 90 diagnoses As of late last year, PATCHES was asked to assess clients involved in the […]

An intern’s perspective

By James • January 18th, 2017
An intern’s perspective

The PATCHES team is fortunate to work closely with The University of Western Australia and McCusker Centre for Citizenship to allow for students to gain practical experience in the research programs and fieldwork we undertake.  Nic Mattock, UWA Medicine student joined the PATCHES team on a 4-day outreach clinic in the Kimberley area in November […]

FASD assessments and the justice system

By James • January 10th, 2017

The PATCHES team are receiving an increasing number of referrals that are Justice system related which has resulted in forming positive networking relationships within the Department of Corrective Services; particularly the Department’s Community and Youth Justice division. The article, “Sentencing Offenders with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): The Challenge of Effective Management” by Ian QC […]

Reflections on making FASD history

By James • November 17th, 2016

Dr James Fitzpatrick reflects on his early experiences as a medical student in 2002 to a present-day reality in trying to make FASD history in remote communities.  Read the article here published in The Australian today.

East Kimberley outreach clinics

By James • November 16th, 2016
East Kimberley outreach clinics

The PATCHES team visited Kununurra and Wangkatjungka communities for outreach clinics that included clients from Balgo, Yiyili and Muludja early November. The clinics integrated 5 remote schools, Kununurra Medical, OVAHS, Child Protection, Halls Creek GPs and WACHS Allied Health.  With the range of conditions addressed including ADHD, Autism and FASD. Training, consultation and upskilling was also […]