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About Educare

Paediatrics | Psychiatry | Psychology  | Speech-Language Pathology | Occupational Therapy | Educational Support 

Our Story

EDUCARE was established in 1999 and has since developed into a multi-disciplinary practice that brings many related specialist medical, health and educational services into one location for the convenience of families in Newcastle and the Hunter Region.

While we work with clients of all ages, we specialise in helping children and teenagers to enhance their development potential and wellbeing. Our services include a comprehensive range of assessments, diagnostic and treatment to support families.

Our team is highly experienced and works together to empower children and teens to overcome mental, emotional, social and behavioural roadblocks.

When you book an appointment, you can expect genuine care and a personalised approach to improving health and quality of life for yourself and your child.

Our Vision

To unlock the potential and enhance the long-term well- being and success of children, teenagers and adults.

Our Values

Our values are shaped and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:

  • Inclusiveness – We respect all people, value diversity and are committed to equality.
  • Participation – We recognise and value the contribution people with disabilities make within organisations and communities.
  • Quality – We strive for excellence through continuous improvement
  • Openness – We are committed to a culture of teamwork and collaboration with all our stakeholders and families.
  • Innovation – We create and respond to innovative practices that will enable our people to flourish.
  • Honesty & Integrity – We are committed to honesty and integrity in all that we do, in all that we say, in all that we create.
  • Empathy – We seek to understand and support people facing varying challenges in life with care and responsibility.
  • Accountability – We strive to be transparent and accountable in all that we do and do not do.
  • Respect – We respect and value the uniqueness of all people by what we do and say.
Child Psychologists Newcastle

Dr Bruce R Youlden

BA; BEd; MA; MA; Ph.D
Managing Director

Dr Bruce Youlden took on the administrative responsibilities as the Managing Director of EDUCARE Specialist Services in January 2019.  Following on from a career of 42 years in Educational Leadership settings, Bruce is now directing his energies towards the continuing growth and development of EDUCARE as a multi-disciplinary medical, health and educational practice.

Child Psychologists Newcastle

Dr Anne-Marie J Youlden

Clinical Director
Educational & Child Psychologist

Dr Anne-Marie Youlden commenced her professional life as a primary teacher in 1982, with subsequent training and experience as a School Psychologist and Counsellor, Special Educational Consultant and over the past 25 years

Our Team

Based in Newcastle and serving the Hunter Region, our medical and health specialists include paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational and behavioural therapists.

Paediatricians in Newcastle

Dr Chanka Nanayakkara

Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Chanka Nanayakkara has dual training in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Rehabilitation. She has been working with the multi-disciplinary team at Educare since March 2015 with special interest in behaviour, learning and development.

Neurologists in Newcastle

Dr Patricia Caruana

MD (Medicine), General Neurologist

Dr Patricia Caruana has been working as a doctor for 23 years. She graduated and trained in Germany and Switzerland and moved thereafter to work in the United Kingdom and then to Australia.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Newcastle

Dr Colin Kable

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Colin Kable completed his Medical Degree at the University of Newcastle in 1985 and has worked within the Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region since that time.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Newcastle

Dr Ulli Schall

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Ulrich Schall has many years of experience working with young people affected by mental illness, which is complemented by a substantial track record in mental health research at the University of Newcastle’s Priority Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research.

Adult Psychiatrist Newcastle

Dr Cyriac Mathew

Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Cyriac Mathew has many years of experience ensuring quality care of people affected by various mental illnesses, including assessment, medical management and psychosocial interventions.

Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist Newcastle

Dr Irosh Fernando

Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Fernando has joined the team of four Consultant Psychiatrists at EDUCARE and works in close collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team within the practice.


EDUCARE continues to grow and develop as one of the leading multi-disciplinary medical-health practices within the region.  Expansion plans are now unfolding to provide additional opportunities to join our team over coming months.

What Positions Are Available?

The following positions represent a unique opportunity to join our team of highly skilled specialists who provide unparalleled care to patients and support families within our community.

Specifically, we are currently calling for expressions of interest to fill the following positions:

  • One Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Three Clinical Psychologists
  • Two Paediatric Occupational Therapists
  • One Paediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Why Join Us?

  • Exceptionally competitive salary and terms of employment – We also include additional performance bonuses, various leave entitlements, professional development and supervision
  • Flexibility and Balance – We are able to offer both full time and part-time hours with flexible modes of delivery
  • Unique Development Opportunities – We provide internal and external mentorship, tailored training budgets and support individual progression and interests
  • Premium Treatment Resources – With cutting edge and innovative equipment and facilities, you will seamlessly be able to provide exceptional levels of care to your patients
  • Administrative Support is available to allow you to focus on your core clinical responsibilities

Apply Now!

If you are ready to take the next step in your career with an industry leader apply now and send your resume and cover letter attached to byoulden@educare.net.au.  Alternatively, feel free to contact Dr. Youlden directly on mobile: 0414788898

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