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Meet the psychiatrist team.

With a team of psychiatrists ranging in availability and specialty, including Perinatal psychiatry, Child and Adolescent psychiatry, Youth psychiatry, Old Age psychiatry, Forensic psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry psychiatry and General Adult psychiatry (including addiction, autism and ADHD assessments), Call to Mind considers all referrals.

Our clinicians offer Medicare-supported psychiatry consults to those in telehealth eligible areas as well as ongoing private psychiatry care for all Australians. You can learn more about how the service works here. Get to know each Call to Mind psychiatrist below.

Dr Sasha Roytowski - MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Sasha originally trained in South Africa, where she worked as a consultant psychiatrist in a variety of settings.  Since moving to Australia, she has worked with Forensic and community patients, with special interests in Addiction Psychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry and Refugee Mental Health.

Dr Adnan Younus - FRANZCP, MBBS 

Dr Younus is a psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in general adult psychiatry. Dr Younus provides outpatient assessment and treatment for depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, PTSD, OCD and personality disorders. Dr Younus has a particular interest in Youth mental health especially early psychosis intervention and first episode presentation of various psychiatric symptoms/disorders in youth.  He works in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District as a staff specialist and has a strong interest in rural mental health.

Dr Simon Barritt - MBCHB , FRANZCP

Dr Simon Barritt has always had an interest in rural psychiatry and considers himself fortunate to be able to support smaller communities. He specialises in seeing people with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD and psychotic disorders.

Dr Dave Carmody - MBBS/BA, FRANZCP, Cert. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

 

Dave Carmody is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist and the director of Call to Mind. Dave comes from a rural and farming background and has trained in Far North Queensland and Melbourne. He works with young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties and distress related to mental health concerns and takes a holistic and systemic approach to recovery. His areas of interest include working with young people who have experienced trauma or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis or neurodevelopmental disorders. When not working as a psychiatrist, he spends his time woodworking and riding his Triumph motorcycle.

Dr Melinda Boyd - MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MPH

Melinda is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a professional background in public health and paediatric occupational therapy prior to psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree in Queensland, graduating in 2013. Since this time, she has worked in various regional and tertiary hospitals, developing interest and skills in psychosomatic disorders, eating disorders and family therapy, and is currently undergoing further specialist training in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy. Melinda’s rural Australia background has instilled in her an interest in the outdoors and the use of nature and activity to promote wellbeing for young people. On a personal level, she loves hiking and spending time with her young family.

Dr Inoka Wimalaratne – MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCPsych (UK), FRANZCP

Dr Wimalaratne is a consultant psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in consultation liaison psychiatry, currently based in Melbourne and working full time across both public and private sectors. She graduated from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and has completed her specialist training in UK and New Zealand. She is also actively involved in research and academic psychiatry and has previously worked as an honorary senior lecturer at University of Auckland, NZ. Dr Wimalaratne’s curiosity in the mind body interaction has led to her current choices in career pathway. She has extensive clinical experience in fields of both medicine and psychiatry across a number of multicultural settings (Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and New Zealand). Her special interests and expertise include general adult psychiatry, somatoform disorders, psychogeriatrics, early intervention for psychosis, cultural psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. She brings core values of compassion and patient centred care into her practice. The focus of her practice is to provide comprehensive and holistic assessments, formulations and treatment plans for patients while maintaining a high standard of communication and support to non-psychiatric medical practitioners who refer them.

Dr Ian Munt - MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Ian Munt is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who started his medical career as a rural GP in Queensland after medical school in Brisbane. After a brief stint in Medical Administration he found his career path led him to Psychiatry with subspecialization in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. This career path has allowed him to work in rural and metropolitan Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, Singapore and most recently in New Zealand. His clinical interests include the neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD with a very strong interest in Sleep Disorders. He actively aims to incorporate an individual, developmental approach for each child or young person with the approach and understanding that the individual is also part of a family system. Given the number of places he has worked it is fortunate that one Ian’s strong interests away from work is travel. He also enjoys camping and does (mini) triathlons with the sole goal of retaining his dignity by finishing in an upright position no matter how long it takes.

Dr Liz Goyer - MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Old Age

Liz Goyer is an aged-care and older adult psychiatrist working in the public and private areas, and also has experience in rural practice. For questions about making an appointment with Liz, contact the Call to Mind team.

Dr Lanny Bochsler - FRANZCP, MBBS, MP

 

Dr Bochsler is an experienced Victorian trained psychiatrist who has worked for many years in public, private and rural settings including as the clinical director of adult psychiatry service for a major metropolitan hospital. Dr Bochsler’s areas of expertise include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addiction-related disorders but he also has extensive experience in the assessment and management of a range of adult mental health issues including anxiety and depressive disorders, perinatal psychiatry, trauma-related disorders and eating disorders. He is able to provide comprehensive, individual-centred care within a holistic, recovery-oriented framework.

Dr Ulla Jonsson - MBBS, CAPCert., FRANZCP

Dr Ulla Jonsson is a compassionate Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a breadth of experience in children, adolescents and young people’s mental health and enjoys working with all aspects of the speciality. Originally trained in Sweden, she came to Australia in 2004. She has worked in public outpatient clinics and hospitals in rural and metropolitan areas in Sweden as well as in Launceston, Tasmania and for the past 2 years in Port Macquarie and Kempsey, NSW where she gained experience in working with Indigenous people. She strongly believes in a holistic and collaborative approach when working with young people and their families, emphasising the importance of the central role of families in advocating and communicating with health providers. She provides comprehensive management plans to GPs but can also provide ongoing care incl. counselling, brief psychotherapy as well as family work and monitoring of rational psychopharmacotherapy, if required.

Dr Shahrzad Alizadegan - FRANZCP MD, RANZCP

Shahrzad is a general adult psychiatrist. She provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of mental health problems. Shahrzad has a particular interest in working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. Her approach is to make a comprehensive assessment and make a treatment plan in working with you and communicating with your GP. Shahrzad will be encouraging you to be an active participant in planning your treatment. This plan is reviewed as required.

Dr Michael Murphy - MRCPsych, FRANZCP, PhD

Dr Michael Murphy is both a specialist general psychiatrist and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist (psychiatry of the medically ill). He has an interest in all types of major anxiety disorders (having worked with a specialist anxiety unit for over 2.5 years), the interface of physical health matters on mental health (e.g., mood and memory problems and the effects in people with cancer, physical health rehabilitation patients etc.), eating disorders, and perinatal psychiatry. Dr Murphy currently works as a public psychiatrist at Orange Health Service, at the Prince of Wales hospital, and is a clinician researcher at the Black Dog Institute. He provides expert assessment and advice to the patient, aiming to tailor their management plan using a collaborative approach.

Dr Justin Ho - MD, FRANZCP 

Dr Justin Ho is an American born Chinese general psychiatrist. He completed a degree in Neurobiology from Cornell University and completed medical training at the University of Sydney.  He completed specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Hospital in Sydney, and is currently based in New South Wales. He has an interest in psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and gaming disorder. He is fluent in English and Cantonese.

Dr Thet H Aung - FRANZCP, MBBS

Dr Thet Aung is a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry and graduated as a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2017. He completed his medical degree in Yangon, Burma and graduated from Institute of Medicine in 1998. During his postgraduate training in Psychiatry, Dr Aung gained a breadth of experience while working in the UK from 2002 to 2006. Since 2006, Dr Aung has worked in regional and urban hospitals across Australia including Queensland, NSW, Western Australia and Tasmania. Dr Aung has experience with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and complexities within inpatient and community settings including mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and substance misuse.

Dr Leanne Priestly - FRANZCP, MBBS

Leanne Priestly is a Perinatal and Adult Psychiatrist who has over 15 years of psychiatric experience having worked in Perth and London. She brings extensive experience in psychotherapeutic settings to bring a holistic and individualised approach to her practice. Leanne’s areas of interest include working with families in navigating the challenges of parenthood and helping adults presenting with anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD and personality disorders. Leanne is the Clinical Lead Psychiatrist at The Raphael Services WA, a specialised Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service.

Dr Amir Shameli - FRANZCP, MRCPsych, MSc

Dr Amir Shameli is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry. Having done his specialist psychiatry training in the world-class Oxford training scheme in England, he holds specialist qualifications in both United Kingdom and Australia, and has worked in both countries as a Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Shameli’s Specialist qualifications include Fellowship of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP), Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists, London (MRCPsych), Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adult Psychiatry, UK and Masters of Science (MSc) in Clinical Neuropsychiatry, UK. He completed his general medical training and obtained Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in Iran. His main area of interest are mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar affective disorder), anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder) and psychoses. In addition to Adult Psychiatry which is his main area of expertise, he has experience in old-age psychiatry, psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry and addictions. Dr Shameli is passionate about high quality patient care and evidence- based practice (use of best available and most up to date research evidence). His professionalism and respect for patients and colleagues has been consistently noted by others throughout his career.

Dr Kieran Sinnott - MBBS, FRANZCP

Dr Kieran Sinnott is a general adult psychiatrist. He grew up in rural Victoria and trained in medicine in Melbourne. Kieran completed his psychiatry training in Geelong before working as a psychiatrist in various locations throughout Australia, primarily in rural and remote areas. He now resides in Melbourne. His areas of interest include working with adults with mood, anxiety, psychotic, and substance misuse disorders.

Dr Felicia Ng - FRANZCP, MBBS, PhD

Dr Felicia Ng is a general psychiatrist with a good experience in physical medicine and keen interests in social justice. Prior to psychiatry training, Dr Ng worked extensively in internal medicine and emergency medicine with experience in critical care before entering the psychiatry training program in Western Australia and finishing up in NSW. She has experience working with various population groups including people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and refugees during her time as a trainee.  Her areas of interest are long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychiatry of old age, complex PTSD/Borderline Personality Disorder, Women’s mental health, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and mental health of marginalized groups especially refugees, trauma survivors, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. She also offers ongoing management and follow up for workers compensation. In addition to English, Felicia also speaks two Chinese dialects ie Teochew and Cantonese at a conversational level, Malay and American Sign Language. She would like to add AUSLAN to her list of languages spoken in the near future.

Dr Srikanth Miriyala - MBBS, MD, FRANZCP

Dr Srikanth Miriyala has completed his medical education from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam and later his Psychiatry residency in NIMHANS, Bangalore, India. He has expertise in adult psychiatry with an emphasis in management of common mental disorders including anxiety, depression, sleep issues and sexual problems. He has experience in doing CBT for the same problems as well as in assessment and treatment of dementia and other memory related issues.  He is fluent in Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Carmeline Augustine - Registered Psychologist

Carmeline Augustine is a Registered Psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia in 2016, and went on to complete a 2-year supervised training program working with children and adolescents. She was granted unconditional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in 2019. She has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations, developing custom treatment plans, and providing professional individual and group counselling to children, adolescents and adults. Carmeline has experience working with a broad range of clinical issues including anxiety and depression, trauma, autism and attentional disorders, personality disorders, motivational and life coaching, anger management, and family and relational issues.

Natasha Briffa - Registered Psychologist

Natasha is a Registered Psychologist, who has worked in the public mental health sector since 2013, working with adults, young people, and their families in the community. Natasha’s area of expertise is providing evidence-based intervention to people living with borderline personality disorder (BPD).  Natasha is an advanced DBT therapist and has gone on to train intensively in the trauma protocol for BPD, DBT-PE – designed for people also living with BPD and PTSD.  Natasha has facilitated comprehensive DBT programs and has also developed and facilitated several abridged DBT programs to adults (i.e., 10-week standalone skills group) and young people and their families (i.e., abridged adolescent and family program).  Natasha has also been an individual therapist working with adults and young people one-on-one, using a DBT approach. Natasha also has a special interest in supporting people with mood disorders (depression and anxiety), complex trauma and eating disorders – and is trained in several evidence-based therapies to support these challenges such as CBT, trauma-focused CBT and ACT. Natasha sees her role in therapy, much like a coach. Her role is to offer support from the sidelines, while the player (client) runs and ultimately scores, each time putting life points on the board – with the ultimate aim being to help clients to build a life that’s worth living.

Brigid Blankenberg - Registered Psychologist

Brigid is a collaborative and non-judgmental psychologist who is passionate about empowering her clients to connect with values and to pursue purposeful lives. She draws on a range of evidence based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, DBT skills, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support her clients to explore life difficulties. Brigid is also particularly interested in using mindfulness based approaches to deepen awareness of the mind, while strengthening self-compassion and acceptance. Brigid has experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety and mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship and identity issues, complex childhood trauma, low self esteem and body image concerns. She is also experienced working with members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Samantha Carruthers - Registered Psychologist

From Brisbane originally, Sam grew up in Central Queensland. Since first graduating from Griffith University in 1996, she has worked in clinical, counselling, forensic and organisational psychology settings across Australia and the UK.  Sam started her private practice in 2007.   She works together with adult clients for issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief and loss, parenting and adjusting to life changes.  Sam takes a compassionate, eclectic approach, underpinned by CBT and other evidence-based techniques.  Now based in Cairns, Sam enjoys learning to be a yoga teacher, attempting a Masters of Information Technology and raising two beautiful, interesting children.