Accolades follow doctor’s retirement

Jon Williams and his grandson Mitchell Arkell.
Jon Williams and his grandson Mitchell Arkell.

Dr Williams has worked with children and adolescents in the Mandurah area for more than 15 years.

He provided holistic psychiatric care to children and young people with acute and chronic mental health difficulties.

Dr Williams moved to Mandurah in 1990 and began working with children from the toddler years to adulthood.

‘Since I started, WA has had a huge influx of people and huge social movements,’ he said.

‘Patients are dealing with things like the breakdown of relationships, drugs and abuse.’

Dr Williams’ collaboration with Princess Margaret Hospital Eating Disorders team resulted in increased care for children in the community with severe eating disorders.

‘I’ve had some lovely clients,’ he said.

‘Some people I see for years who need intensive psychotherapy, others for six months.

‘It’s of enormous value, but can be quite stressful, but there are enormous rewards.’

Dr Williams said he sees each child as an individual rather than as an illness and is an advocate for GPs to have greater knowledge about children’s mental health concerns.

He presents GP training modules, and has garnered a reputation as a great supervisor and teacher.

‘We always need more mental health professionals,’ he said.

‘Western Australia’s mental health system is underfunded compared to the eastern states.’

Dr Williams said he values honesty, openness, respect and accountability in all his interactions with both the team and his client group.

‘It is sad to be leaving such a great group of people,’ he said.

Dr Williams is moving into private practice.