Meet our team

In 2001, the Victorian Doctors’ Health Program (VDHP) was established as a not-for-profit and fully independent entity, separate from the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria (MPBV – now AHPRA) and the AMA Victoria. The program has broad support from across the medical profession and is believed to be the first Doctors’ Health Program of its kind, outside North America.

Dr Patrick Johnson

Medical Director
MB, BS, MPM, CertChildPsych, FRANZCP

Patrick is a Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Educator. He has worked with medical students, trainees, and medical colleagues across public and private practice.

Patrick started his medical career working predominately in Emergency Medicine. He then changed direction training in general, and later child Psychiatry, before studies in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy. Until recently Patrick was the CAMHS Clinical Director for a major regional Victorian Service.  This involved collaboration with Paediatricians, General Practitioners, and other Specialists.

A particular focus has been on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and he currently holds a position in the Anaesthetic Department at the RCH in the Pain Management Service.

In private practice Patrick has specialised in Psychotherapy for adults, supervision, and secondary consultation.

Patrick has experience in medical education and student welfare. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Monash University and an Honorary Associate Professor at University College Dublin.  He has been involved in teaching and lecturing Medical Students; and in College Training and Exams of Local and Overseas Trainees.

Dr. Philippa Corby

Support Officer

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Cheryl Wile

Senior Psychologist
BSocSc(Psych), MApPsych, MAPS

A Psychologist with Masters level training, Cheryl has worked at the VDHP since 2002.

As the programs Case Manager / Psychologist she is very passionate about helping and supporting doctors to understand their health issues and to access and engage in appropriate health care/ treatment. She regards a doctor returning to work after needing time off to address health issues as one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. She has published work in the area of Doctor’s health and hopes to publish additional material in the near future.   

When not at the VDHP Cheryl works in private practice and also has professional interests in End of Life Care, addictions, mood disorders and trauma. 

Katerina Colakovski

Program Manager

Katerina commenced her role as Office Manager and Executive Support to the Medical Director at VDHP in November 2020. She has been in the health sector majority of her career, working in fields such as higher education, government, dental health, not-for-profit and medical research. Katerina has brought with her a wealth of transferable skills and experience of operations management.

Luisa Abbatangelo

Office Manager

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