Dr. Alpana Kulkarni

Dr. Alpana Kulkarni has extensive experience in the management of a wide range of medical, developmental & behavioural problems in children & young people. She has completed her training in General & Developmental Paediatrics through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2005 & has worked in various tertiary hospitals in Perth, Melbourne, Hobart & Adelaide.

Dr. Kulkarni has been working as a General & Behavioural/Developmental Pediatrician at the Child Development Centre (West Perth and Armadale) and in the private sector since 2005.

She is appointed as Senior Clinical Lecturer at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health (UWA). She is also an examiner for undergraduates at the University of Western Australia and is actively involved in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students in Paediatrics. In 2004, Dr. Kulkarni was awarded a Telethon Fellowship for research in an autism phenotype genotype study.

Dr. Kulkarni is a member of the Neurobehavioural and Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA), Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) and board member for Western Australian Autism Diagnosticians' Forum (WADDF).

Dr. Kulkarni is a certified Griffiths and Bayle’s Developmental Tester, Autism Assessment trained member and certified 3di Autism Diagnostician. She also has training in Leadership and Family Partnership programs.

She is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential.

Dr. Kulkarni is married, and a mother, and enjoys actively spending precious time with her family and friends.

Dr. Rajiv Shah

Dr. Rajiv Shah is a developmental paediatrician, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, a member of Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, UK & a member of Neurodevelopmental & Behavioural Society of Australasia. After completion of his basic medical & paediatric education in India, Dr. Shah completed his training in Community Child Health in the UK & was a consultant there.

He has worked with children for over 15 years as a general and developmental paediatrician in India and the UK and he continues to work as a Consultant at the Child Development Service. He specialises in managing pre-school children, school age children and adolescents with following conditions: Developmental delay, Learning difficulties, Behaviour problems, Autism and ADHD.

Additional Languages: Dr. Shah speaks Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi in addition to English. 

Leisure activities: Dr. Shah has a keen interest in photography and he loves travelling.

Dr. Yulia Furlong

Dr Yulia Furlong is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in Perth Children Hospital, Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Western Australia, an active member of WA Psychotropic Drug Committee and the chair of CAMHS Medication Safety Committee. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Furlong has extensive experience in managing young people with anxiety and mood disorders, behavioural disorders, OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, eating disorders, trauma and attachment disorders, and unexplained medical symptoms in various settings as well as at various stages in their recovery.

Dr Furlong’s specialist expertise and wide experience matter when it comes to providing high-quality, discreet, individualized, and effective treatment to her patients and in removing the psychological barriers that interfere with each patient’s progress so that they can reach their full potential. Dr Furlong uses holistic psychiatry and psychotherapy to help people to find balance in their lives, build resilience, strengthen relationships, and rediscover purpose. Dr Furlong also has wide academic interests and holds Research Doctorate and University Teaching degrees with several key original publications in the area of childhood onset neuro-disabilities, including authorship in the prestigious new Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry covering Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neuropsychiatry Aspects of Childhood Cranial Tumours. In a testament to Dr Furlong’s research merits, her team has recently been awarded a Channel 7 Telethon Trust grant for research into the ‘Detection of attentional and psychiatric risk factors among deliberate self-harm patients.

Dr. Ettore Guaia

Dr. Ettore Guaia is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, specialising in  Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. 

He completed his specialist training in Neuropsychiatry and Child Psychiatry in Palermo Italy and attended two fellowships at the Royal Hospital For Sick Children in Edinburgh and St. George's Hospital in London in 1995 and 1996, respectively.  

After completing both fellowships, Dr. Guaia provided clinical services in Italy for the National Health Service, and in 2003, relocated to the United Kingdom where he worked as Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in South Essex and Hampshire leading dedicated services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions.

Dr. Guaia has worked as Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth WA and at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney for the specialist service for Intellectual disabilities and mental health and as well in Tasmania and Queensland. 

In addition, he has great experience in treating young people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic pain and emotional difficulties, as well as children and adolescents with non-epileptic seizures, conversion disorders and emotional difficulties as a consequence of a chronic health condition. 

He  has also developed expertise in assessing and treating children and young people with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and has pursued research experience in ADHD at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London.

He speaks English, and Italian and is available for tele-psychiatry consultations for children and young people.