Paediatrics | Psychiatry | Psychology | Speech-Language Pathology | Occupational Therapy | Educational Support
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.
To unlock potential and
Dr Bruce R Youlden
BA; BEd; MA; MA; Ph.D
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.
Dr Anne-Marie J Youlden
BA; MA; MA; Ph.D; MAPS
Educational & Child Psychologist
Dr Anne-Marie Youlden is the Founding Director of EDUCARE and commenced her work as an Educational and Child Psychologist in Belmont and Warners Bay in 1999. Since that time and under her leadership, EDUCARE has grown into a leading multi-disciplinary medical and health practice within the region and is now located in the professional hub of Charlestown.
Based in Newcastle and serving the Hunter Region, our medical and health specialists include paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational and behavioural therapists.
Dr Patricia Caruana
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.
Dr Ulli Schall
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.
Dr Cyriac Mathew
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.
Dr Irosh Fernando
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.
Dr Nicole Reece
Dr Nicole Reece has completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology, specialising in mental health, and has been practising since 2008. She has experience in a wide variety of settings including community, private, academic and inpatient environments.
Kristie has twenty years experience working as a psychologist with children, adolescents and families. She provides clinical assessment for a range of emotional, developmental and behavioural concerns including ADHD, ASD, developmental delay and learning challenges.
Dr Heather Stuart
Heather Stuart has twenty-five years’ experience as a school counsellor and educational psychologist. She has a strong affinity with children, particularly children with special needs.
Britta is a registered Clinical Psychologist and is passionate about working with young people to build coping skills and resilience, to manage difficult emotions and experiences, and create a greater sense of wellbeing.
Amanda Rodd specialises in educational and psychological assessments and interventions for children, adolescents and young adults. She has expertise in the diagnosis of intellectual disabilities, learning disorders, ADHD, behaviour disorders, and a range of mental health presentations including anxiety and depression.
Tristen completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree at the University of Newcastle. She has a long standing interest in working with children and teens, to assist them in identifying goals that are in line with their values and beliefs to enable them to live meaningful and rich lives.
David Lambert specialises in neuro-psychometric assessment. He has expertise in the diagnosis of Intellectual and related disabilities, Language and Learning Disorders, ADHD and a range mental health presentations.
Drew Cowen has worked with children, adolescents and families for over 25 years and brings substantial experience to EDUCARE and to his respective clients.
David Pearce has experience and specialised training in working with adolescents and young adults. David enjoys working from a collaborative and holistic approach to assist his clients to fulfil their goals in line with their core values and beliefs.
Melanie has a Masters of Professional Psychology from Monash University. She has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents and young adults and specifically, with presenting conditions such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and social, emotional, behavioural difficulties, ADHD and ASD.
Freya Powe is a clinical psychologist and experienced in working with complex and persistent mental health presentations in children and teenagers. Freya is a warm and empathetical clinician with broad experience in working with a diverse range of presentations across the lifespan.
Cainan is a registered Psychologist with a passion for working with young adults in managing life transitions, developing coping skills, and improving quality of life.
Katrina has a special interest in assisting children with speech and language disorders, behavior difficulties, and children with social communication difficulties. She is particularly passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum.
Hannah is a passionate Speech and Language Pathologist with an experienced background in working with a range of clients and families from young children through to adults. Hannah understands the importance of working closely with families to develop client focused goals to assist with and improve communication.
Emily is a bubbly and enthusiastic Speech and Language Pathologist with a strong functional focus in therapy. She works closely with families and loves to support children and teens and to enable them to reach their potential with personalised goals and intervention plans.
Claire comes to EDUCARE as a passionate Speech Pathologist with particular interests in literacy, ASD and working with clients and families. With a strong focus on providing clients with a supportive family-centred approach, Claire enjoys working collaboratively with families, educators and other supports to create and achieve meaningful goals.
Belinda is an engaging, approachable Speech and Language Pathologist who enjoys providing therapy in a fun and comfortable environment. She loves working with children and families who experience disabilities and helping them towards achieving their speech and language goals.
Emma has been working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist for a number of years. Emma works closely with children with a range of difficulties, including emotional and behavioural difficulties, attention and concentration, social skills, whole body coordination and self-care.
Maddi is a passionate and delightful occupational therapist who enjoys creating a playful and motivating environment with an aim to engage each and every client. Maddi endeavours to identify each client’s strengths and challenges and targeting these areas to improve overall performance in a range of daily activities.
Ashleigh has considerable experience and specialist expertise as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Her focus centres upon helping children and teens to achieve their goals by creating a safe and playful space for the younger children and an accepting environment particularly suited to teens. Ashleigh adopts a very personal commitment to skills development that enhances well-being and success for each of her clients.
Geoff has been working as a Support Worker for over 5 years. Geoff works closely with children, teens and adults who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties, intellectual disabilities and people who require social skill support.
Frequently Asked Questions
EDUCARE was established in 1999 by Educational and Child Psychologist, Dr Anne-Marie Youlden. It has since developed into a leading multi-disciplinary practice designed to bring many related specialist medical, health and educational services into one location for the convenience of families in the Hunter Region.
The EDUCARE team consists of a wide range of highly experienced medical and health specialists, who all work together to empower our clients and their families.
Our specialists include paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and teachers.
You may have observed that your son or daughter has the potential to perform at least equal to peers, perhaps even better, but for some reason they do not seem to reach their potential.
Similarly, you may feel as an adult that you are encountering a range of difficulties that are creating barriers to your emotional, mental or professional well-being.
EDUCARE can help because it has the specialist professional expertise to identify both the barriers and potential solutions to enhance well-being and learning and every-day living
EDUCARE provides a comprehensive range of assessments, diagnostic and treatment services
We take a fully integrated approach, meeting family needs by working closely with referring medical practitioners, health professionals and educators
EDUCARE provides a range of target services and programs to meet the varying needs of individuals and families. You can contact us for Pre & Post Natal Counselling, Autism Spectrum Management, Social and Behaviour Intervention Programs, Parent Training, Medico-Legal Matters and WorkCover Support.
Funding support for families includes: Medicare; Private Health Funds; and NDIS.
View our NDIS page or reach out to us to find out more.
EDUCARE is conveniently located and accessible in meeting community needs throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Lower and Upper Hunter, Port Stephens, Central Coast and the Northern NSW Region.
For more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact us.