Our Team

 

APMHA brings together passionate experts with a diversity of experience across all areas of mental health, AOD and primary care.

 

Charles Mahagodage

Charles Mahagodage

Senior Financial Accountant

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Charles is a certified practicing accountant with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management for both profit and non-for-profit sectors. He brings significant depth of financial knowledge and skills to APMHA HealthCare, ensuring robust financial oversight.

As the Company Accountant for APMHA HealthCare, Charles’ eye for detail ensures all program budgets and company funds are managed appropriately, while also providing advice/support to staff around wages.

Zac Williams

Zac Williams

IT/Finance Officer

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Zac has a background in small business management and finance, running a successful coffee business alongside his work with APMHA HealthCare. He also has experience in IT Support and assists all APMHA HealthCare staff with navigating required systems and platforms, including security requirements.

Zac has continued to expand his knowledge and skills in financial administration and currently administers all contract payments, staff payroll and financial bookkeeping for APMHA HealthCare.

Monique Ataryniw

Monique Ataryniw

Executive Assistant & Education Coordinator

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Monique has a background in education, welfare and IT and became a Mental Health First Aid instructor in 2018. In her past roles, Monique has been involved in the development of child and adolescent respite programs, adult english classes, community programs and the implementation of differentiated learning programs for adolescents in Brisbane and Melbourne. Monique has a passion for helping people access and navigate health pathways, resources and education.

As the Education & Marketing Coordinator for APMHA HealthCare, Monique coordinates education, resources and support for APMHA HealthCare’s external clinicians, service clients and carers, health professionals and the general community, aiming to improve understanding of mental health well being.

 

Sharyn Amos

Sharyn Amos

Accredited Mental Health Clinician

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Sharyn is an experienced senior mental health nurse working in key strategic disaster response projects delivered by APMHA.

Sharyn has extensive experience working in various AOD and mental health services both in metro, rural and remote areas. Sharyn was crucial in providing mental health services to the Towong Shire bushfire affected region and is now focusing on supporting staff of NWMPHN’s RACFs who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Phoebe Logan-Jacobson

Phoebe Logan-Jacobson

Mental Health Intake Coordinator

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Phoebe completed her Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at RMIT in 2019. Phoebe is highly adaptable, practice driven and proficient in IT management platforms. She is passionate about her work with clients and grounded in her client centred, strength based, anti-oppressive social work perspective.

Phoebe started working with APMHA HealthCare’s Intake and Allocations Team in 2019 as our new Mental Health Intake Coordinator. In this role, her passion and approach will continue to inform the transition and support of clients under our service.

Trish Van den Enden

Trish Van den Enden

Senior Intake Clinician

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Trish has practiced as a registered nurse and mental health clinician for the past 30 years. Trish has worked in a variety of roles including operations management, intake coordination, outreach management, day programs, and management of inpatient and community units in private hospitals, not for profit organisations and for the Victorian government.

She has extensive experience in triage, crisis management, staff/student training, management and running of day programs, behavioural management, clinical governance, and communication with clients, professionals, families and service providers for people with mental health challenges, disabilities, comorbidities and homelessness, from diverse backgrounds.

Trish is compassionate and dedicated in supporting people with mental health and other challenges and their carers and support professionals, utilising a strength-based and trauma informed approach which promotes recovery and optimal outcomes for everyone. Trish has returned to the Not for Profit sector as she is passionate about the provision of quality mental health support for all service users, and facilitating them to reconnect and develop their own innate strengths and abilities. 

Carl Bretman

Carl Bretman

Mental Health Intake Worker

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Carl is a Social Worker with a Masters degree from the University of Melbourne. Carl is hard working, being employed amongst a number of sectors concurrently with his most recent role being a Personal Care Assistant in the aged and disability sector.

Carl comes from a diverse educational background, completing a number of courses in Psychology, Social Work, Adolescent Counselling and Dual Diagnosis. In this role, he will provide a well rounded response to our client intake, allocation and support services.

Kerry Coyle

Kerry Coyle

Mental Health Clinician

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Kerry has practiced as a registered nurse for the past 35 years, and has specialised experience working within the mental health sector for the past 20 years. Kerry has worked in a variety of diverse roles including; case management and co-ordination of complex clients, working within crisis assessment teams, management roles in recovery rehabilitation services, counselling roles at Headspace and providing clinical service provision and working closely with GP’s within the primary mental health area.

Her work within primary care began with working with Division of GP’s in Shepparton and Wodonga, Medicare Locals and for a brief period with PHNs. Much of this work was providing clinical outreach services to clients and GP’s in rural and remote areas.

Kerry started working with APMHA HealthCare in 2019 across a number of programs including PTS, Older Minds Program and PMH-CCC program providing psychological therapy and support to these client groups within North East Regions. Kerry is passionate about recovery orientated practice, empowering and ensuring positive client outcomes.

Jane Phillips

Jane Phillips

Mental Health Clinician

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Jane worked for many years as a General Trained Nurse and Midwife, before completing a Degree in Psychology and further studies in Family Therapy, Grief and Trauma Counselling.  Since then she has gained extensive experience in the Mental Health field. Jane was employed as a Mental Health Clinician based in GP Practices in the North East of Victoria for 12 years, before making a ‘tree change’ to the Yarra Valley and honing her skills in complex trauma counselling with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

Jane started with APMHA HealthCare in 2019, and is based in GP Practices in Alexandra and Yea, where she provides psychological therapies to clients with both high prevalence and more complex Mental health disorders through our PTS,  Bushfire and PMH-CCC programs.

Our Alaya House Shepparton Team

 

Dr Michael Moon

Dr Michael Moon

General Practitioner - MBChB, MRCGP, DFSRH, PGCert

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Dr Michael Moon is a British GP with a specialist interest in Sexual Health, Mental Health, AOD and Emergency Care. He has been working as a doctor for 12 years, with seven years of experience in general practice. Mike has been living in Australia for two and a half years and enjoys working with a varied patient groups in our Sheppartion clinic.

Margaret Lingard

Margaret Lingard

Accredited Mental Health Clinician

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Marg has practiced as a registered general and mental health nurse for over 25 years. Marg has worked in a variety of roles including: acute inpatient units in Victoria and Queensland, Community Mental Health in Case Management, Acute Response Teams and Triage. Marg has also worked in Forensic in a 2IC position working across two prison sites in Victoria for over four years. Marg worked in Primary Mental Health for several years before transitioning to APMHA HealthCare in 2017.  Marg is working across a number of programs; PTS, PMH-CCC and  Older Minds Mental Health Program providing support to clients.
Marg has a keen interest in Meditation and Mindfulness and how these practices benefit mental health and recovery by empowering clients with a sense of internal strength, resilience and peace.

Sacha Finlayson

Sacha Finlayson

Practice Manager

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Sacha obtained an undergraduate degree in Modern and Medieval Languages and then enjoyed a varied career as a journalist, farm stock manager and giraffe keeper (amongst other things!). Since arriving in Australia from the UK, she has gained 12 years experience as a practice manager of multidisciplinary clinics in the Goulburn Valley.

Sacha is passionate about access to affordable and high quality healthcare for all, so she is excited to be joining an organisation that actively promotes healthcare for the most vulnerable members of our community. She is looking forward to working with like-minded professionals to grow the Alaya House team. Away from the office, Sacha enjoys spending time with her rescued greyhound, Kitti.

Kennedy Mayowe

Kennedy Mayowe

Mental Health Clinician - HeadtoHelp

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Kennedy is a registered and mental health nurse with around 29 years of experience across Africa, Europe, and Australia. He has worked in private and public hospitals, nursing homes, community HIV/AIDS counselling and asylum seeker/refugee centres here in Australia and Nauru. Kennedy chose to become a mental health nurse because he has passion, is a field that interested him and enjoys the challenge of mental health.

He is always delighted to work with his clients and help them find the best possible solutions to their mental health issues. He also enjoys working with APMHA Healthcare because of its homelike environment, neatness and cooperative colleagues who are all focussed on delivering the best care possible to clients.

Liane Margis

Liane Margis

Accredited Mental Health Clinician

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Liane is a psychiatric nurse with around 30 years of experience. She has worked in public and private hospital settings and community settings as a counsellor/psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and music therapist.
Having worked in the education rather than the management field, Liane has traveled around Victoria training staff in psychiatric facilities and has also been involved in training police. In her later role of psychiatric nurse consultant for a large public health facility, Liane was involved in running and teaching the graduate nurse program, coordinating student nurses and writing and training programs in aggression management, communication and working with people who have mental health problems, across all areas and campuses of the facility. She has also trained people in other areas, such as ASIST, BLS, counselling and stress management.
Liane moved into private practice in 2008, where she worked with a number of Medical Clinics under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program seeing clientele for case management, counselling and psychotherapy. She moved to Shepparton to take a position as Dual Diagnosis coordinator several years ago and is now working in private practice, which she loves.
Bronwyn Beadle

Bronwyn Beadle

Mental Health Clinician - Alaya House

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Bronwyn is a registered nurse and mental health nurse with over 35 years of experience in a diverse range of clinical, educational and executive management settings. Bronwyn’s clinical experience includes more than 10 years in the Victorian forensic health system as well as roles that covered crisis management and intervention, AOD, women’s health, emergency nursing, rural health and residential aged care.

Bronwyn has recently returned to clinical practice and is passionate about supporting optimal mental health outcomes, with particular focus on enhancing self-awareness, client understanding of environmental contexts, empowerment and developing strategies for self-direction. Bronwyn is excited to have joined APMHA Healthcare and notes that she was drawn to the organisation’s vision and tangible commitment to its stated values.

Shanel Few

Shanel Few

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Shanel Few is a Clinical Psychologist, a Fellow of the APS Clinical College and a Board Approved Supervisor. Dr Few is currently working in private practice in Shepparton.

Her expertise is in mental health treatment with a particular specialty in the treatment of Eating Disorders and associated issues, as well as trauma. More information can be found about Dr Few at her website drfew.com.au (waitlist 6months+).