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Meet our friendly team of male and female Psychiatrists, Psychologists,
Psycho-geriatricians, and Geriatricians

Find out more about their qualifications, special interests and expertise that could help you or your family:

Dr Padmini Howpage


Psychiatrist and Psycho-geriatrician (Dr Howpage speaks Sinhalees)

Dr Howpage has wealth of clinical experience in all mental health issues/disorders and demonstrated ability to work with all age groups. She has a special interest in community based prevention programs and works tirelessly against the stigma attached to mental illness. Dr Howpage founded the Hills Mental health Inter Agency network group in the Hills shire. She has established Positive Vibes Foundation, an ACNC registered charity organisation with the aim of community education and early intervention. She is proactive in reducing the burden related to mental illness for the individual, family and community. At Mind Connections, she leads an expert team of professionals who strive for excellence. Together, the team deliver evidence-based multidisciplinary care.

“I am in a privileged position to hear the distressing stories of my patients. It is very important to me that they achieve optimum recovery. The sharing and caring nature of our professional team allows us to provide quality mental health programs for our patients, and for our community. Our strength is our networking ability with GPs, other mental health services, the residential aged care services and NGOs.”

She has many other roles as the Clinical Director at the Windsor Rd Clinic, The Hills Private Hospital, Staff Specialist at Macquarie Hospital and is also a VMO Psychiatrist in Wagga Wagga, Greater Southern Area Mental Health Service. She is a conjoint lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Western Sydney University. She takes great pleasure in training the doctors of tomorrow.

 Dr Jaspreet Singh


Consultant Psychiatrist (Dr Singh speaks Hindi and Panjabi)

Dr Jaspreet Singh is an experienced and evidence base driven Psychiatrist and he sees patients from early adolescent age group. He is a member of the AHPRA and a fellow of the RANZCP and has worked as a consultant psychiatrist at various public hospitals both in regional and metropolitan NSW as well as Queensland.

Following MBBS, his passion drove him to take up psychiatry training in the internationally renowned Post Graduate Institutes of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, where he completed his initial training and conducted clinically relevant research.

“I believe in comprehensive psychosocial assessment and management of patients with mental health issues. My areas of interest include affective as well as psychotic disorders in particular complicated presentations of Bipolar disorder, PTSD as well as dual diagnosis presentations including addiction to substances.”

He was awarded the World Psychiatric Association- Young scientist award and later, sponsored membership of the International Society of Bipolar disorders for his critical research on Dual diagnosis in Bipolar disorder.

He has developed and maintained a special interest in Bipolar disorders, ADHD and the overlap of personality and mental illness especially Borderline personality as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Substance abuse is common across all these leading to a dual diagnosis presentation.

In addition, he is also experienced in preparing medicolegal reports for patients and work cover related consultations.

In addition to clinical work, Dr Singh also has a special interest in teaching and education and conducted workshops and mentored junior and senior registrars preparing for RANZCP exams

Dr Singh is available for outpatient consultations at Bella Vista and Carlingford and has admitting rights to the Windsor Rd Clinic at the Baulkham Hills private Hospital, and Norwest Private Hospital. He is fluent in Hindi and Panjabi languages.


He is available for urgent and non urgent consultations and assistance to GPs from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am till 5 pm.

If you have a question, please feel free to contact us:


 Dr Sajeeva Jayalath


Consultant Psychiatrist (Dr Jayalath speaks Sinhaleese)

Dr Jayalath trained is a psychiatrist in St Mary’s and Charing Cross Hospital in London. He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom (UK) and in Australia since 2006.

He has won four clinical excellence awards in the UK and was a finalist for the national award for development of innovative clinical services in the UK in 2011.

“My special interests are in the areas of mood, anxiety disorders and medically unexplained symptoms. I also have experience in treating patients with wide range of conditions including ADHD, Drug and Alcohol Problems and Personality Disorders. I am trained both in cognitive behaviour therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.”

Dr Jayalath works as Senior Consultant psychiatrist at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He also provides expert consultancy service to ACT Health.

He has experience in teaching medical students and trainee psychiatrists at Cambridge University, Australian National University and University of Sydney.


Dr Jayalath is available for after hours services for urgent patients on Tuesday 1.00 pm-8.30 pm and on Thursday 6.00 pm-9.00pm in addition to full Saturdays.

 Dr Raiz Ismail


Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr ISMAIL is a consultant psychiatrist and a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He works with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  He has had his medical education, psychiatric training, teaching experience and career in India, the UK and Australia.

“My special interests include depression and bipolar disorder, psychosis, anxiety disorders including panic disorder, OCD and PTSD, grief and adjustment disorders.”

Dr Ismail provides comprehensive psychiatric care both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He also works as a visiting medical officer at Nepean Hospital.

He currently consults at our Norwest office on Tuesdays.

 Dr Amit Gupta

BMed Sc (Hons) MBBS, FRACP


Dr Amit Gupta graduated from University of New South Wales in 2005, and subsequently completed physician training in Concord, Westmead and Nepean Hospitals prior to completing specialisation with FRACP being obtained in 2018.

‘My special interests include assessment of cognition and dementia, assessment of falls, Parkinson’s disease, depressive disorders in the elderly, and chronic medical conditions including cardiovascular and other neurological problems.’

His clinical privileges include Nepean Hospital, Holroyd Private Hospital and in the near future, Minchinbury Community Hospital and Westmead Rehab Hospital. He also provides home visits for the frail elderly and visit patients in residential care facilities.

If you have a question, please feel free to contact us:


 Mr. Robert Craig

MA, Dip Ed, MAPS

Registered Psychologist

Mr Craig is a consultant psychologist with over 25 years of experience. He has worked in private practices in the Hills area since 1990.

“I qualified for my Master’s degree in 1984 and since then, I have continued to train extensively in areas of study including solution focussed family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitisation, narrative therapy and integrative and biomedical approaches to therapy.”

Mr Craig has extensive experience with school children and adults and is accredited by NSW work cover as a Whole Person Impairment (WPI) assessor.

 Rosemary Hawk

BA; Dip Ed.; M Ed; MAPS, CEDP

Registered Child Psychologist

Rosemary Hawke is a registered Psychologist with a Masters in Educational/Developmental Psychology with twenty years of experience. Rosemary has worked extensively in schools and conducts psychometric assessments to assess and diagnose developmental concerns (e.g. learning, behavioural & social).

“My areas of interest are working with children, adolescents, younger adults, couples and families.”

Rosemary employs many different therapeutic approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness training for depression/anxiety and the Gottman framework in relationship/family counselling. Rosemary tailor’s treatment around the client’s goals and needs using evidence-based clinical approaches.

 Mr Gabriel Wong

MEd, MPsych (Coun),  MACE, MAPS, MCCLINP

Clinical Psychologist (Mr Wong speaks  Mandarin and Cantonese)

Mr Wong is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. He graduated from Monash University and obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology.

“I am passionate about Psychology and have a variety of training and experience in Solution focused therapy, CBT, Mindfulness Skills, EMDR, Schema Therapy, and Hypnosis.

I have experience working with families, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly people.”

Mr Wong has experience and training in Special Education, and has expertise in assessing and working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anger management, dealing with bullying and relationship issues, and assessing and treating depression, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma.

If you have a questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – We are here to help:



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We apologise for any inconvenience!

The Mind Connections Team.