The Sydney Child Assessment Centre was established by John Needs in 1994 with the aim of providing a specialist child and adolescent, clinical and educational-developmental psychology service in Sydney, Australia.


John Needs is a masters qualified practicing psychologist specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychology.  He is a Fellow of the previous Australian College of Clinical Psychologists now called Australian College of Psychologists and was president of the Sydney branch for 7 years, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and was a foundation member of the Australian Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is a legally registered psychologist in the state of NSW.

He has appeared on free to air and pay television programs, written numerous newspaper articles and regularly speaks to school parent or staff groups.

On the lighter side, he resides on the north side of Sydney with his wife and two children, and he takes every opportunity to get away from the office and out on the water sailing, or camping in the great Australian bush