APMHA brings together passionate experts with a diversity of experience across all areas of mental health, AOD and primary care.
Senior Financial Accountant
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Charles is a certified practising 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.
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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 navigate the 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.
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.
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.
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Rebecca has eighteen years experience leading mental health and alcohol and other drug projects for community organisations, the Victorian Department of Health’s Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division and Victoria Police. She has a strong understanding of government policy, processes and funding mechanisms through developing departmental service specifications and service plans for the mother-baby mental health units, the new rural mother-baby mental health units and the mother-baby alcohol and drug withdrawal unit while with the Department of Health.
As consultant and executive manager in the primary care sector, Rebecca has delivered projects for primary health networks, community health services, general practices, Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, rural and metropolitan health and hospital services, alcohol and other drug treatment services, mental health services, rural health workforce agencies and primary care partnerships. These projects have included program and service re-design, establishment and evaluations, regional service system reviews, plans and recommissioning processes, needs assessments, community consultations, benchmarking and feasibility studies.
Admin Support Officer
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Alec is a media communications professional, cinematographer and performer currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2020, he completed a Bachelor of Communications majors in Media Arts & Production and Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney.
With experience working in the NSW mental health sector as a client group facilitator and communications assistant, accumulating more than 20 credits over two years on independent short films and theatre productions across Sydney, Alec is excited to bring his passion for all things media to support APMHA HealthCare’s online and social media presence.
He also spent time as a Radio Producer at 2ser107.3 Sydney and Audio News Editor for UTS Central News (Australia’s leading university publication) before relocating to Melbourne this year to pursue his love for the performing arts and begin working as an Admin Support Officer and Media Editor for APMHA.
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 beased, anti-opproessive social work perspective.
Phoebe started working with APMHA HealthCare 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 services.
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 client’s intake, allocation and support under our services.
Our Alaya House Shepparton Team
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 7 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.
Accredited Mental Health Clinician
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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 in 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.
Mental Health Clinician
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Smitha is a Social Worker with work experience in hospital and community settings in NSW and Victoria. She joined the APMHA family from the Aged Psychiatry team within Goulburn Valley Mental Health team. She has experience working with consumers across the age group in acute and sub-acute settings. She has extensive experience working in regional areas and has a good understanding of the challenges people face in regional Australia, especially in accessing quality services promptly.
As a social worker, her practice is guided by the values and ethics as per the Code of Ethics of Australian Association of Social Workers. She strongly believes in everyone’s right to safety, respect, and dignity. She promotes the idea of common humanity and suffering in human life and responds to this suffering with compassion, as discussed in Mindful Self-Compassion training. She aims to provide a trauma-sensitive therapeutic space for consumers. She primarily utilizes skills and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She supports and encourages consumers to develop a compassionate mind and have a compassionate relationship with themselves as an anecdote to voices of self-critic and shame.
Administration Officer - Alaya House
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Aminah has experience in administrative and accounts management and is the newest member of our Shepparton team.
As APMHA HealthCare’s administration and project officer, Aminah is the face that greets you at Alaya House. Aminah’s willingness to learn and attention to detail has been a fantastic addition to the team, especially while setting up this new facility.
Care Navigator - HeadtoHelp
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Hayley is the Care Navigator for HeadtoHelp at Alaya House in Shepparton and Seymour satellite site. Hayley provides a warm referral pathway to support individuals and their family to connect with the appropriate care options available and is passionate about providing high quality services to mental health care and personalised support for individuals experiencing distress. Hayley has experience navigating the NDIS, advocating for individuals and their families and working alongside a variety of populations to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Hayley has a Bachelor of Health Sciences, a Certificate IV in Disability and is currently completing a Masters of Health and Human Services. Hayley has a keen interest in the provision of high-quality services throughout regional Victoria.
Accredited Mental Health Clinician
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Mental Health Occupational Therapist
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Talia is an occupational therapist with professional experience in a number of mental health settings, vocational rehabilitation, and disability services. She is a qualified mental health clinician with experience in psychosocial rehabilitation, case management and private practice settings (including counselling young people at Headspace, and therapeutic supports for NDIS participants).
She has also gained extensive experience through travels abroad, volunteering with several NGOs and social enterprises; such as community development projects, women’s projects, children’s homes, a spinal clinic, and a care farm for children with disabilities.
Within her work Talia uses a trauma informed approach in establishing a safe therapeutic space, offering choice and encouraging agency for each individual. Some of her areas of interest include sensory and nature-based approaches to emotional regulation; and contemplative approaches to self-inquiry. She is also a trained facilitator in an evidence-based trauma informed yoga therapy (Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga).
Through an occupational therapy lens of ‘doing’, ‘being’, ‘belonging’ and ‘becoming’, Talia enjoys supporting people to enhance balance and wellbeing, strengthen connections with themselves and others, and create greater sources of meaning and richness in their lives.
Mental Health Clinician - HeadtoHelp
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Kennedy is a registered and mental health nurse with around 29 years of experience spanning from 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, it is a field that interested him and enjoys the challenging 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 our clients.
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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 the area of mental health treatment with 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+)
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 clients and ensuring positive client outcomes.
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.
Mental Health Clinician
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Greg Calder is a mental health nurse with over 45 years experience as a clinician and service manager, and has worked in public, private and community health settings. Greg has worked across all facets of mental health services as a clinician, and at senior management level in public mental health services in both Victoria and South Australia, and with Herts and Essex NHS Community Trust in the UK.
Greg has always maintained an extraordinarily strong client centered approach to his work. While managing mental health services in South Australia he was instrumental in the development of some Australia firsts in mental health service design and program developments to improve the experience of consumers, including an acute “hospital at home” program as an alternative to hospital admission for acutely unwell clients.
In addition, Greg has diverse management and service development experience in both homelessness and family violence, including a successful housing first program in South Australia for people experiencing primary homelessness; and managing family violence services in northeast Victoria, working at regional and State level on strategic initiatives to hold perpetrators of violence to account, and to improve safety for women and children. In both these areas of work Greg maintained strong connections with mental health services to ensure clients received optimal support for their wellbeing.