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Jacquie has been providing paediatric neuropsychology services to Ballarat and the broader Grampians region for the past eight years. She works with children, adolescents, and their families to better understand the child’s personal strengths and challenges in areas such as:

  • Overall thinking ability or cognitive skills
  • Attention & concentration
  • Memory
  • Planning and organisation
  • Academic skills
  • Behaviour
  • Emotional regulation

Jacquie holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) degree, is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at Ballarat Health Services, and is a consultant and lecturer in the Clinical Psychology program at Federation University. Jacquie has a particular interest in understanding the way in which early life trauma affects brain development and overall functioning.

Kate is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHS) with extensive experience in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked throughout the Grampians region in public and private mental health and educational settings.

Kate trained at the University of Melbourne  where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a PhD. Her PhD focused on parent-teacher partnerships and child behavioural difficulties.

Kate’s specialty is behavioural and emotional regulation problems in children and effective parenting strategies. However, her experience is across a broad range of emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties. Her approach is to work together with infants, children, adolescents, their families, carers and teachers to achieve the best emotional, behavioural and psychological wellbeing outcomes.

Melanie is an Accredited Practicing Paediatric Dietitian, specialising in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Food Aversions.

As a Paediatric Dietitian, Melanie sees a variety of clients and families with varying conditions and needs, such as: faltering growth/poor weight gain, premature infants, the introduction of solids, nutrient deficiencies, overweight/obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and intolerance’s, including coeliac disease and general fussy eating.

Melanie’s passion is the management of children with Restricted Eating with or without a Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Melanie is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding Program and is highly skilled in the management of Problem Feeding. Melanie will help parents to understand why eating is so challenging for their child and provide parents with strategies to implement in the home environment, in order to help their child, move up the steps to eating. Melanie is committed to expanding children’s dietary intake, while meeting their nutrient requirements.

Melanie trained as Dietitian in Queensland at Griffith University, and has been practicing as Dietitian since 2009. Melanie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Paediatric Dietetics and enjoys working closely with families to achieve optimal health outcomes. Melanie sees infants, children, adolescents and looks forward to meeting you at Paediatrics Ballarat.

Melanie’s Specialisations:

  • Fussy Eating
  • Food Aversions
  • Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Food Allergies/Intolerances including; Coeliac Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Faltering Growth
  • Poor Weight Gain
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Introduction to solids