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Dr James Fitzpatrick is among Australia's finest, receiving Australia's top civic award, Young Australian of the Year, in 2001; and again a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards in 2017. As a paediatrician and researcher he is committed to understanding and overcoming seemingly intractable public health issues, including youth suicide and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. His PhD examiner, Professor Kenneth Lyons Jones, who first documented the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 1973, remarked that James' PhD dissertation was, "the best clinically oriented doctoral thesis I have read in the last forty years." 

A former infantry soldier, and now a successful entrepreneur delivering multidisciplinary paediatric services through PATCHES Paediatrics, Dr James Fitzpatrick has a reputation for getting things done. His passion for the stories of 'Australia and her people farthest flung,' his fierce sense of irreverence, and an innate love of poetry allow him to record his philosophy and the experience of so many Australians in verse that is both subtle and impactful, at once timeless and contemporary.

James Fitzpatrick is Director of PATCHES Paediatrics; and Head of FASD research at Telethon Kids Institute, Perth.


PATCHES Paediatrics aims to deliver high-quality child development and early intervention services for 'hard to reach' children, young people and adults. PATCHES teams have specific expertise in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its diagnosis, therapy and support, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and intellectual disability—conditions highly prevalent in disadvantaged sectors of the community.

From the second half of 2017 PATCHES teams are delivering services in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.


"In hard to reach places and populations; children, young people and families will have access to high quality child development, disability and early intervention services. Improved access to these services will improve life outcomes for our clients, and their communities."

Through the sales of James' books, funds will be raised to first, progress the work of PATCHES Paediatrics in delivering cutting-edge child development and disability services in remote communities, the child protection and justice systems. Secondly, to thank supporters of Telethon Kids Institute's Making FASD History strategy, that aims to reduce rates of drinking in pregnancy throughout Western Australia.