2017 Western Australian of the Year Professions Award : Dr James Fitzpatrick

Dr James Fitzpatrick is a pioneering consultant paediatrician, clinical researcher and health service innovator, who is undertaking ground-breaking research in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

James is the Head of the Telethon Kids Institute’s Alcohol and Pregnancy and FASD research program, a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and Inaugural Chair of the Australian FASD Clinical Network.

From 2008 to 2013, James worked as a paediatrician in remote Indigenous communities, helping them to understand, and overcome, the scourge of FASD that threatens their cultural, economic, and social future. He is now working with health, child protection, corrective services, and education partners to deliver child development and disability clinics run in schools to help young people to achieve their educational potential..

After leaving school, James spent a year in the army before completing a Science degree, and then a Medical degree at UWA. He has also completed a PhD at the University of Sydney on the prevalence of FASD in Fitzroy Valley .