Mental Health Team

Our Mental Health Team

Dr Riccardo Caniato

Consultant Pscyhiatrist

Dr Caniato obtained his medical degree from the University of QLD.

He briefly worked as a General Practitioner before completing his Psychiatric training in Townsville. He worked within the public system for a number of years before deciding to work independantly as a private Psychiatrist. He has experience in most areas of forensic Psychiatry having previously held the position of Director of the Forensic and Secure Services for North Queensland (Australia).

His areas of clinical interest include anxiety disorders, pain disorder, psychoses and gender or sexual issues. His approach is biological with a strong focus on modern evidence based treatments.

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.

Kim Ward

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Kim is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with a Masters in Counselling.

Kim has worked as a Mental Health Nurse and a Midwife during her nursing career and she has worked in a variety of locations throughout Australia and overseas.

Kim provides expert mental health care and support to the clients she works with by taking a solution focussed approach using evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural approaches.  A holistic framework underpins her practice with an emphasis on exercise and diet to maintain sound mental health within all aspects of life.

Kim offers face to face sessions tailored to best suit the needs of clients. 

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.