Mr Patten was born and raised in Melbourne, where he studied Medicine at Monash University. After obtaining his Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Fellowship in 2002, he went on to work as a Senior Joint Replacement Fellow at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, England. Shortly after, he worked as a Consultant Trauma Surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Mr Patten later returned to Melbourne to work as a Consultant at Monash Medical Centre from 2005 to 2008, during which time he also worked as a Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma at Monash University.

In between his studies, Mr Patten competed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He is proud to have been part of the first ‘Oarsome Foursome’ that won gold at the World Rowing Championships in Tasmania in 1990.

Mr Patten now practices as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Melbourne, operating in Epworth Hospital Richmond.