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Meet the Bethesda Clinic Team

Dr Dharjinder Rooprai, Director of Medical Services

Dr Dharjinder Rooprai, a consultant psychiatrist for over 10 years with extensive Australian and UK leadership and management experience in developing and managing mental health services, has been appointed as the Director of Medical Services. Dr Rooprai has extensive experience in commissioning, development and delivery of specialist inpatient and outpatient services in forensic psychiatry particularly for people with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. He was previously responsible for medical leadership for in-reach psychiatric services across 20 prisons in the UK. He has a keen interest in teaching, has edited textbook in Forensic psychiatry and his current research interests include the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for risk prediction in individuals with mental health problems; and wearable devices for remote monitoring in mental health.

Dr Rooprai is passionate about new and innovative integrative holistic models of care in mental health, outcome-based services, neurostimulation and digital solutions in health. With a strong base in medical leadership and clinical governance he brings a wealth of experience to the strategic planning and use of innovative technology at Bethesda Clinic for a unique consumer experience. Dr Rooprai will continue in his role as the Head of Psychiatry at Armadale Mental Health Service as he takes on this new part-time position with Bethesda.

Dr Richard Magtengaard, Director of Military, Veteran and First Responder Care

Dr. Richard Magtengaard is a Consultant Psychiatrist with near 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, originating from working within the Public Mental Health arenas, later moving on to establish a broad set of interests within the Private Practice and Not For Profit setting.

Dr. Magtengaard served for 10 years as a Commissioned Officer (Bridge/Harbour Watchkeeping and Navigation) within the Royal Australian Navy, before retiring to complete his Postgraduate Degree in Medicine (MBBS).

Richard is currently the Director of the Military Trauma Recovery Programme across 2 busy sites of care, namely Bethesda Clinic (a 75-bed Tier 1 DVA Accredited private hospital in Cockburn, Perth) and ANZAC House Veteran Central (an interdisciplinary setting for specialist care within the CBD of Perth).

This programme remains dedicated to assisting Defence Personnel, our Veterans, First Responder Organisations, and their families, who have sustained physical and psychological traumas during the performance of their duties.

Richard values his role within the Medical Advisory Committee at Bethesda Clinic and as a member of Open Arms’ National Advisory Committee, alongside St John Ambulance’s Expert Advisory Panel. He remains an active member of the Australasian Military Medical Association (AMMA) and has developed lasting affiliations with ADF Joint Health Command (JHC), Returned Services League WA (RSLWA), ANZAC House Veteran Central, St John Ambulance (SJA), West Australian Police (WAPOL), Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Fortem and Soldiers and Sirens, and numerous other Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

Richard is passionate about the future of disruptive health technologies to improve outcomes in care, including neurostimulation with rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation). He is a Foundation member of Oqea and is helping the leadership team to refine this innovative, cloud-based digital platform to improve the well-being of ADF personnel, Veterans and First Responders, and their families.

Catherine Thomas, Inpatient Service Manager

Catherine has been working in mental health both in WA and interstate in NSW for over 30 years. She has worked across the lifespan from Child and Adolescent, Early Psychosis, Adult Mental Health, Perinatal Mental Health and Older Adult Mental Health Services. She has experience both in WA and interstate in the development and commissioning of new mental health services and has extensive experience as a senior manager within mental health services.

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