Mental Health Team

Our Mental Health Team

Dr Vineel Reddy

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Vineel Reddy began his career in the field of Psychiatry in the United Kingdom. He obtained his Membership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London in 2010. He then specialised in General Adult Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison that led to his awarding of UK Certification of Completion of Training in 2013. He attained a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from Ireland. He further persued a Masters of Business Administration to compliment his vision to better the provision of clinical psychiatry services within public healthcare.

Dr Reddy has worked as a consultant Psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service for several years before migrating to Autralia in 2018. He was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Pychiatrists in 2019.

Dr Reddy has the skills and expertise to attend to a wide range of mental health issues across the adult spectrum. This includes mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic conditions, substance misuse problems, trauma (PTSD) and personality disorders. He endeavours to effectively engage his patients, families and caregivers. He is sensitive to the privacy and the confidentiality of his patients. Dr Reddy advocates for a holistic model of care and utilises a range of treatment options tailored to the needs of the individual and to promote recovery. He also offers telehealth consultations.

Kirsten Palmer

Clinical Psychologist
BA, Grad Dip Appl Psych (Counselling), PGrad Cert (Clinical Psych)

In June 2011 QHealth relocated Kirsten, her psychologist husband and their now teenage children, when she was recruited as the team leader for the Adult Forensic Mental Health Service in Townsville. She moved on to be the senior psychologist for the NQ Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Program for four years.  She has worked since 2018 as senior clinical psychologist at both the Sexual Health Service and the NQ Persistent Pain Management Service.

Her special expertise includes work with personality disorder, chronic health conditions and pain, trauma (EMDR), serious mental illness, early and later parenting (including Circle of Security), sexuality and gender, and establishing and facilitating treatment and support groups.  One client wrote on a quality survey that she is “Very intelligent, knowledgeable, compassionate and grandmotherly”.  Kirsten is keen to add that 55 is not old, just experienced.

Since having successful treatment for breast cancer in 2015 Kirsten has been dragging her family on “bucket list” trips to Europe and Asia.  Kirsten fancies herself as creative and loves pottery and acrylic pour painting.  Unfortunately for her family and friends her enthusiasm is far greater than her skill.  She loves watching comedy, especially live standup, from which she “borrows” some of her best material for both her client work and personal sanity.  She believes that one day laughter (and good therapy) will be proven the best of medicines.

Helen Kanowski

Occupational Therapist/ Life Coach

BOccThy, Certified Life Coach.

Helen Kanowski is an Occupational Therapist and qualified Life Coach with 25 years of clinical, managerial, and teaching experience. Helen’s work focuses on assisting people to successfully negotiate change in their lives, and enabling people to manage situations which are effecting their ability to engage in their life roles.

Through a process of clarifying goals, developing strategies to meet those goals, and sustaining forward movement, Helen takes a practical, problem solving approach to issues such as personal and professional goal setting, developing confidence and self esteem, and improving communication.

Philomena Bateman

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Counsellor, NLP Master Practitioner & Coach

Philomena is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Counsellor, Coach and Hypnotherapist.

She  works with  individuals to raise their awareness and  understanding of  how their values, experiences  and beliefs assist their mental health and wellbeing.
She has a particular interest in depressive and  anxiety states and loves to work with  parents in supporting their children.Philomena has worked in mental health  in Ireland and four states of Australia.She believes our mental health is dynamic, constantly changing to fit life situations and experiences.
Everyone Everyday Everywhere  deserves the right help at the right time for good mental health.