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Trisha Wachtel | Area Manager

Trish joined ECA NT in May 2018 as the Area Manager for the Early Childhood Early Intervention partnership with the NDIS.  Previous to this role, Trish worked for Autism SA for seven years as the Senior Autism Advisor in the NT.

Trish is originally from Adelaide where she obtained a Degree in Developmental Disabilities at Flinders University.  She has lived with her family in Darwin for 27 years and loves the Darwin lifestyle.


Kate Batty | Team Leader

Kate joined the ECEI team in July 2018 as Team Leader, after roles within Autism NT and the Autism Advisor Program.  Originally from the UK, Kate ran a successful childcare and educational setting from home and became one of the first settings in the UK to achieve an “Outstanding” score in all 17 areas of Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) inspection criteria. 

Kate completed a degree in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and has completed further training, including a Certificate IV in Speech and Language development for under 7’s, Infant massage, Developmental Movement Play, Additional Needs Support and the parenting programs from Webster Stratton (Super Nanny), Sollihull Approach, Who’s in Charge? and Positive Parenting Program.  Kate is currently studying Developmental Education through Flinders University.

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Julian Tydd | ECEI Coordinator

Julian joined the ECEI team in July 2018. Originally from the Mid-North Coast of NSW, Julian is a qualified Speech Language Pathologist. He has experience working as a generalist in private practice with people across the lifespan, as well as experience working as a support worker for people living with a disability.

Julian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology, Certificate IV in Business and Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. Julian has an interest in ensuring the provision of the latest, up to date evidence-based practice and ensuring all children receive equal access regardless of social determinants. As a recent university graduate, Julian brings a fresh new outlook and perspective to the ECA NT family.


Tara Intarapanya | ECEI Coordinator

Tara joined ECA NT in July 2018 as an Early Childhood Early Intervention Coordinator.  She has worked with children and adults in the community and in hospital settings, as an Allied Health Assistant, for the past 12 years. Originally from Canada, there Tara obtained a Diploma as an Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant. More recently, in Darwin, she has completed a Certificate IV in Education Support.  Tara feels honoured to be contributing to starting the ECEI Pathway in Darwin. 

Tara always enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, travelling, and is an aspiring gardener.

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Felicia Hansen | ECEI Coordinator

Felicia joined the ECEI Team in July 2018. She grew up in the NT and continues to enjoy the climate and lifestyle.

She has a Bachelor of Social Work and is a trained facilitator of ‘Tuning into Kids’. Before joining Early Childhood Australia, Felicia enjoyed working with families and all their complexities. Felicia is passionate about hearing the voices of children.


Jessica Tian | ECEI Coordinator

大家好! (hello everyone!) my name is Jessica Tian and I am from China. I have been living in Australia for 10 years and have 8 years experience working in the community welfare field.

I completed my nursing qualification in China and a Diploma of Counselling and an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, in Australia.

I am currently studying Bachelor of Psychological Science and looking forward to being registered as a Child Psychologist.

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Jake Mc Clelland | Administration

Jake joined ECA NT in July 2018.  He has gained vast work experience as an administration officer with NT Government, The Essington School, Darwin, Leathams Ltd, based in London, and the National Disability Insurance Agency, before making the move to ECA NT.

Jake has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, which has proven to be useful in tasks that require someone knowledgeable in graphic design. This skill has allowed him to be more dynamic in his current role. Jake has an interest in Foreign Exchange trading, and obtained a Diploma in Applied Financial Trading during his time in the UK.