Staff Members

Dr James Fitzpatrick, FRACP, MBBS, B.Sc (Psychology), PhD (Medicine)
James is a consultant paediatrician, researcher and service entrepreneur. James established PATCHES Paediatrics to harness the creativity of social enterprise and the precision of science to address seemingly intractable health problems.

James was the 2001 Young Australian of the Year, and is currently Director of PATCHES Paediatrics, Director of Telethon Kids Institute’s FASD research program, a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and inaugural Chair of the Australian FASD Clinical Network. His PhD on FASD prevalence in the Fitzroy Valley was described as “the best of all clinically oriented doctoral theses that I have read over the last forty years” by reviewer Professor Ken Jones, the University of Washington dysmorphologist who first coined the term ‘Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’ in 1973.  James is a finalist for the 2017 WA Australian of the Year awards.

James is an invited Ambassador for NO FASD Australia (National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

For appointments with James, please email


Director – Neuropsychology Services
Dr Carmela Pestell, 
B. Psych M. Psych (Clinical) M.Psych (Neuropsych) D. Psych (Clinical) MAPS

Carmela is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist and joins PATCHES from 2017 in the role of Director – Neuropsychology Services.  Carmela brings over 20 years of clinical experience delivering neuropsychological services to children and adults, and is also currently the Director of the Robin Winkler Clinic and Associate Professor (School of Psychological Science) at the University of Western Australia; as well as being an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute (Alcohol & Pregnancy & FASD Research Group).

Carmela is very experienced with neurological, neuropsychological and/or psychiatric conditions within a medico-legal, forensic and/or clinical context including FASD assessment and diagnosis.  In late 2016 and early 2017, Carmela and James were integral in the completion of FASD assessments for vulnerable youth and adult witnesses in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.  She also had input into the Australian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines.

As Director – Neuropsychology Services at PATCHES, Carmela will oversee and lead the delivery of multidisciplinary diagnostic clinics, assessment processes and agency stakeholder networks specifically for FASD referrals within the Justice system and community settings. She also  provides medico-legal and clinical neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and younger adults, particularly those who have sustained brain injuries as a child or are involved in the justice system requiring comprehensive assessments. Additionally, Carmela will conduct neuropsychological assessments to assist with the diagnosis of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Carmela is an invited Ambassador for NO FASD Australia (National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

For appointments with Carmela, please email


Clinical Services Manager: Perth
Sophie Karangaroa

Sophie oversees clinical services for the metro area, Pilbara and more recently Northern Territory.  She also provides management support for clinical contractors, general staff and student/volunteer placements.  Please contact Sophie if your agency or organisation would like to be a part of the PATCHES process or if you are interested in joining the PATCHES team.

Practice Manager/Administrator: Perth
Kate Campbell

Kate coordinates key administrative duties to support PATCHES organisational and operational requirements, including safety & quality compliance and financial management.  For any general enquiries regarding PATCHES clinical services, please email Kate.

Clinical Coordinator – Neuropsychology & Justice System: Perth Metro
Sonya Laidley 

Sonya leads the coordination of Neuropsychology services provided by PATCHES.  She also provides quality administration support and coordination for the expanding Justice-related clinical services needed within the metro, regional areas and interstate.  If you have a query regarding clinical neuropsychological services, please email Sonya.


Clinical Keyworker: Perth Metro

Aimee Dawson 

Aimee is a Physiotherapist with over 5 years of experience working in the Disability Sector in Perth and recently relocated to Perth from Broome.  As an experienced clinician, Aimee provides assessment and intervention expertise for metro clinics.  Please email Aimee if you have queries about upcoming metro clinics in the Perth metro area.

Clinical Neuropsychologist – Registrar: Perth Metro and Outreach

Amanda Ng 

Amanda is a recently registered Psychologist and provides specialist administrative, clinical, consultant and research neuropsychologist services for children and adults in the Perth metro, remote areas and interstate.  She works  under the supervision of Carmela (Director – Neuropsychology Services).

Clinical Administration Officer/Coordinators – Justice System & Child Protection: Perth Metro and Outreach

Candy Cheung and Jasmine Taylor

Jasmine and Candy provide key support and coordination to ensure multidisciplinary reports and assessment batteries are organised prior to, during and post clinics that are Justice System and Child Protection focused.  Both work under the close supervision of Carmela (Director – Neuropsychology Services).


Clinical Services and Therapy Programs Manager – Kimberley
Linda Bracken

Linda manages the coordination and delivery of Kimberley-based multidisciplinary diagnostic clinics.  She also leads business development opportunities and is establishing diagnostic therapy services in the Kimberley area.  Based in Broome, Linda can be emailed if you have queries regarding service delivery in the Kimberley.

Clinical Administration Officer: Kimberley & Pilbara Regions
Jada Carr

Jada provides quality administrative and coordination support as well as local knowledge to ensure clinics in Broome, Derby and other Kimberley and Pilbara areas are conducted efficiently.   Jada is based in Broome.  Please email Jada for info about our upcoming clinics in these areas.

Clinical Key Worker: Kimberley
Katie Parker 

Katie is a recent graduate MA Psychology (Professional), based in Broome and assists with multidisciplinary clinics and therapy services in the Kimberley region.  As a behavioral specialist, Katie provides key coordination and assessment support.

Clinical Team:

PATCHES is fortunate to bring together the following individuals and organisations who provide an excellent clinical service in some of the most challenging environments imaginable:

Dr James Fitzpatrick – Paediatrician

Dr Stephanie Greef – Paediatrician

Dr Gavin Hutana – Paediatrician

Dr Shveta Patel – Paediatrician

Dr Desiree Silva – Paediatrician

Dr Fiona Kay – Paediatrician (Darwin)

Dr Mantho Kgosiemang (Darwin)

David Szczecinski – Milan Therapeutic Services

A/Prof Carmela Pestell – Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist (Private Practice & Director of Robin Winkler Clinic, School of Psychology University of WA)

Dr Tien Do and Tania Bianco – Neuropsychologist (NeuropsychEd)

Irene Long – Speech Pathology (Karratha Speech Pathology Services)

Dianne Raby – Speech Pathologist

Aimee Dawson – Physiotherapist

Cindy Cabeleira – Clinical Neuropsychologist – Registrar (Solutions Health Psychology Group)