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Carlton Meyn

Carlton Meyn

Chief Executive Officer

I am passionate about ensuring children, families and communities across rural, regional and remote areas of Queensland have access to services so that all Queensland children thrive and achieve their potential regardless of their postcode. As BUSHkids CEO I am committed to developing and implementing innovative approaches in partnership with our communities to overcome the challenge of geographic isolation and social disadvantage.

Susan Harrison

Susan Harrison

Head of Clinical Services

With more than 25 years’ experience working in and leading allied health teams within Australia and the United Kingdom, I firmly believe that effectively supporting children living in Queensland’s rural and remote areas requires not just clinical support but building the capacity of families, professionals and communities in those areas.

With a degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Disability Studies, I am very committed to supporting families of  children with social and emotional concerns, as well as disability and developmental delay, particularly those living in regional, rural and remote areas of the state.

Helen Casey

Helen Casey

Service Manager – Children’s Allied Health

I joined BUSHkids as I believe that families want the best start in life for their children and I am committed to supporting them to achieve the best outcomes possible.  I have a strong family centred and strength based approach to my practice and enjoy working with teams to empower families and to maintain the focus on family directed supports.

Megan MacDonald

Megan MacDonald

Professional Lead – Occupational Therapist

I feel proud to be a part of the BUSHkids organisation. I strongly align my own valves to that of BUSHkids and I feel extremely passionate about helping children and families who live in rural and remote locations access good quality healthcare. Studying Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in Townsville was a huge influence in equipping and inspiring me to work with children in rural and remote communities. My goal is to educate communities, strengthen families capacity and support children with disabilities to live a happy and fulfilled life. I’ve worked as a children’s OT for over 10 years now and I feel very fortunate to love what I do!

Janine Kemp

Janine Kemp

Professional Lead – Family Health Support Worker

I love my role at BUSHkids as it provides me with the exciting opportunity to make a rich contribution to the children and families accessing BUSHkids through supporting and building the professional capacity of the Family Health Support Workers.  I am passionate about safe quality care for children and families that will enable children to reach their full potential in life.

I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993 as a Social Worker, and have since worked in a variety of adult and children’s hospitals throughout Queensland and New South Wales. My extensive clinical experience has cultivated my strong interest in health care and psychosocial issues facing rural and remote children, particularly in closing the gap in healthcare for Indigenous children throughout Queensland.  I have a strong family-centred approach to my clinical practice, which is driven by principles built on humanity, compassion, congruence, authenticity, integrity, empathy, respect, and trust.

Lindy Thornthwaite

Lindy Thornthwaite

Professional Supervisor – Early Intervention Facilitators

I am grateful to be working for BUSHkids, an organisation whose values of family centered and strength based approach reflect my own.  I love the welcoming and friendly environment of the work place and the support that the BUSHkids staff provide.

Previously I worked for Department of Disability Services and have extensive experience and commitment to supporting people with a disability and their families to have the best opportunity to develop to their full potential.   I am excited to be working closely with the Early Intervention Facilitators and supporting them in their role to provide a quality service to children and families in remote and regional areas.

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

Professional Lead – Psychologist

As an Educational & Developmental Psychologist, I am passionate about working collaboratively and empowering children, families and communities to make a positive difference as early as possible in their learning and development. I feel excited and privileged to contribute to establishing BUSHkids’ Telehealth Service, working as part of a multidisciplinary team and embracing technology to improve access to high quality services for rural and remote families.

Aisling McCann

Aisling McCann

teleHealth Psychologist

As a registered psychologist with a master qualification in Educational and Developmental Psychology, I am passionate about working with young people and families and have training in the areas of psychological and educational assessment, psychological interventions, and developmental disabilities. Having grown up in Toowoomba, I feel privileged to now be providing services to those in nearby rural and remote communities as a Telepsychologist and through outreach.

Kate Guymer

Kate Guymer

Provisional Psychologist

Currently completing my final year of a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology qualification, I am passionate about working with children and families to help make a positive change in their learning and development. Growing up in a small town in Western Queensland has helped me appreciate the need of families living in rural and remote areas, and I feel very fortunate to be part of a team that is improving access to services for these communities.

Cara Swann

Cara Swann

Speech Pathologist – teleHealth (ECEI Teams)

I had the opportunity to work with BUSHkids as part of my Masters degree and immediately felt like I’d found my home. I love the diversity of clients and families we have the opportunity to work with, and the passion of the BUSHkids team for the work we do.

Reegan Phillott

Reegan Phillott

Speech Pathologist

I was excited to join the BUSHkids team in Dalby, now Brisbane, as I have always had a strong desire to offer Speech Pathology services to children in rural & remote areas.

I’m passionate about providing support & accessible health services to rural areas which enable & empower communities, families and their children to engage in family centered care.

Tiffany Bannier-King

Tiffany Bannier-King

Quality Assurance & Risk Coordinator 

It is great to work for an organisation with such amazing history, which has been helping children in regional Queensland since 1935, and continuing to help them today.  And it is inspiring to work with our teams across Queensland who are making positive developmental changes in the lives of children and supporting their families.

Brett Wall

Brett Wall

Maintenance & Safety Coordinator

It’s a privilege to work for BUSHkids and to be part of a team that helps children and their families across Queensland.

Kerri Ryan

Kerri Ryan

Finance Manager

 

Irene Hussain

Irene Hussain

Accountant

I am proud to be part of an organisation that genuinely makes the difference in the lives of rural and remote communities children and families. With over 10 years’ experience in accounting and finance with various industries including state government, I would like to contribute my skill and expertise to add value to the team.

Wendi Hoobin

Wendi Hoobin

Finance Assistant 

With over 20 years extensive experience in all aspects of payroll and accounting, as well as administrative procedures, I’m a fast learner with a great eye for detail, a can-do approach, love a challenge and enjoy being a valued part of the BUSHkids team.

Tess Murphy

Tess Murphy

Finance Assistant

I feel so lucky to be a part of a community that is solely dedicated to supporting Queensland children and their families. This is an area very important to me, so I feel honoured to contribute to this support.

Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips

Service Innovation Coordinator

As a qualified nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health (nutrition), I’m enjoying the opportunity to support the ‘front-line’ BUSHkids teams to better enable them to help families, working towards improving health and outcomes for all children.

Joy Quantrell

Joy Quantrell

Clinical Administration Coordinator

I feel privileged to work for BUSHkids and being able to contribute indirectly to supporting children and their families.  My young nephew has autism and I know firsthand the struggles that brings, it’s certainly a learning curve. BUSHkids is a great organisation – the staff are wonderful people, skilled professionals providing invaluable free services to those who most need them – it’s very rewarding being part of that.

Rebecca McRae

Rebecca McRae

Executive Assistant to the CEO

I joined the BUSHkids organisation as I believe in the positive outcomes we are achieving for children and families in rural and regional communities throughout QLD. I love that I was given the opportunity to work with BUSHkids. This enables me to contribute and work alongside a team of individuals who are continuously passionate about the work they do. My true passion is nutrition and helping people to understand the importance of good nutrition for overall physical and mental health. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition with Latrobe University with the hope of going onto further studies within dietetics.

Trish O’Connor

Trish O’Connor

Administration Officer

BUSHkids is an amazing organisation helping regional Queensland families and, being a bush kid myself, I understand how essential these services are for rural communities. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of this respected team, helping to make a difference – creating positive outcomes for everyone involved.

Fabien Francomme

Fabien Francomme

HR Administration Officer

It is an honour and a great satisfaction to join a growing team of amazing people, all dedicated to provide their best to support children and families in rural communities. I will myself strive for being a strong support within the BUSHkids family so that our people can focus on their honourable and rewarding mission.

Michelle Corbett

Michelle Corbett

Administration Officer

With its rich history, I felt inspired to join BUSHkids as I also wanted to be involved in helping children access the support they require, regardless of where they live. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing and passionate team here in the BUSHkids Brisbane office.

Ken Lewis

Ken Lewis

Database/IT Coordinator

I joined BUSHkids with the goal of assisting and growing their internal IT systems and processes.  Doing so gives me great pride, as through various IT projects I’m able to support frontline staff deliver the best services to the large number of families BUSHkids helps every year.

Brodie Keim

Brodie Keim

IT Project Support Officer

I am honoured to be a member of the BUSHkids family. I have felt welcomed ever since I began as a volunteer and am looking forward to seeing just how much we can achieve with kids and their families in Queensland.

James Chapman

James Chapman

IT Support Officer

 

Allycia Staples

Allycia Staples

Resource Assistant

Allycia is a passionate self-advocate within her community and is dedicated to furthering inclusion in the arts, particularly the Performing Arts. Allycia is the Queensland representative for the Our Voice – a committee which works with Inclusion Australia – The National Peak Body for People with Intellectual Disability. Allycia is also a member of Loud and Clear – a Sunshine Coast based self-advocacy group. She has been dancing and performing since she was eight years old and also performed in Explain Normal – a theatrical work which played at Metro Arts in Brisbane. She also performed with The Sunshine Troupe Inc in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane as part of the Arts and Cultural Program with the INAS 2019 Global Games.

Allycia enjoys her work with BUSHkids and values the importance of children being able to access early supports to ensure they can have a good life.

Matt Tesch

Matt Tesch

Brand Guardian

BUSHkids has been a ‘quiet achiever’ for three generations of Queenslanders, helping kids and families realise their full potential. Having supported the organisation for the past six years, it was a privilege for me in 2015 to be asked to step up and help further spread the word in the 80th anniversary year about the work of BUSHkids teams past and present.

Matt is an award winning graphic designer, editor and writer with 30 years experience in the field. In 2011 he designed the bold rebranding of BUSHkids and has supported the organisation’s work since. He is also one of the authors of our history book ‘BUSHIES’.

Adrian Harrison

Adrian Harrison

Communications & Grant Writer

Adrian is a published writer of many magazine and journal articles, and is a keen social and genealogical historian, with an Honours Degree in History form the University of East Anglia in the UK. Before moving to Queensland, he won several awards, both as a writer and playwright. Adrian is one of the authors of our history book ‘BUSHIES’ writing much of the main content and fascinating sidebox stories, along with conducting a number of interviews.

Adrian has now joined the BUSHkids team as our Communications & Grant Writer, coordinating all our social media posts and raising our profile and followers considerably over the past year, and will be using his writing skills for preparing grant proposals in line with the organisation’s needs.

Megan Rodi

Megan Rodi

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have been lucky enough to join the BUSHkids team in beautiful Agnes Water.  Having worked in the health setting in many rural locations I am very honoured to be able to offer assistance to rural children and families through the BUSHkids program. I look forward to a rewarding career with a professional and dynamic team at BUSHkids.

Lisa Irving

Lisa Irving

Early Intervention Facilitator

I studied early childhood education and began teaching in childcare centres. I’ve worked in various school across Central QLD and also in NSW. I am excited for the opportunity to work with young children and their families in a different way and see what we can do for the local community.

Shasjorne Spall

Shasjorne Spall

Administration Officer

I grew up in Bundaberg returning after 8 years on Gold Coast. I have a beautiful daughter who inspires me every day. Having completed a Certificate III in Business Admin and IV in Disability, I wanted a position helping our youngest members of society, therefore I am pleased to have gained a position working for BUSHkids.

Ingrid Fourie

Ingrid Fourie

Occupational Therapist

My background is working with children and families who live in rural communities. I am very passionate about working with children and families, enabling them to access services and reach their potential. I am excited to be a part of a team that is child-focused and family centred.

Marisa Martins

Marisa Martins

Speech Pathologist

I am excited to join BUSHkids as their mission and values really resonate with me. It is a privilege to provide support to children and families in rural and regional areas within a multidisciplinary team. My main goal is to help all children develop their communication and reach their full potential.

Madeleine Fog

Madeleine Fog

Team Leader 

One of my long term goals has always been to work in a capacity where I am able to provide support and work with children. Having spent many years of my childhood in a rural community, there is a great appeal to specifically provide support for children and families in rural & remote communities to ensure all children are provided with the same opportunities to grow & shine.

Emma Cullum (Parental Leave)

Emma Cullum (Parental Leave)

DSS Coordinator

I joined BUSHkids as I wanted to work for an organisation that has a history of providing support to families and helping children in rural areas.

I’m really enjoying working with BUSHkids to provide families with support to access Early Intervention and to access the NDIS.

Toni Garrett

Toni Garrett

ECEI Operations Manager

I joined BUSHkids because I wanted to be part of, and contribute to, making a difference to children and families in regional Queensland.

Sharalyn Avenell

Sharalyn Avenell

Office Manager

I love to be able to contribute and assist in the great work BUSHkids does in the community. It’s amazing to be a part of a team that helps people, especially children to be the best they can be.

Ashleigh Harvey

Ashleigh Harvey

Administration Officer

 

Nicola Garrett

Nicola Garrett

Administration Assistant – Data and Reporting

I joined BUSHkids because I wanted to contribute to the important work BUSHkids does. I enjoy being the first point of contact for the families at the Bundaberg office.

Annjulet White

Annjulet White

Speech Pathologist

Communication is an essential tool for success. For children, it enables them to learn, grow and thrive. I am passionate about empowering children to meet their fullest communication potential, a value I share with BUSHkids. As a new graduate, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with a team that supports rural and regional families in promoting a rich learning environment.

Pia Shorten

Pia Shorten

Social Worker

I joined BUSHkids as I wanted to be a part of an organization who provides accessible services and support to regional and remote communities. I feel privileged to be able to work with children and their families through the unique challenges and barriers faced when living in a regional or remote community, and to support in maximizing participation and community capacity to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Alexandra Allbon

Alexandra Allbon

Early Intervention Facilitator

What interested me most about working for BUSHkids is being able to work within our local community to assist in making people who live with a disability and their families lives better.

Danae Vale

Danae Vale

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am very passionate about working with children and their families. Helping families with the NDIS is very rewarding and I love watching the children learn and grow. Working for BUSHkids has made this experience exciting and I look forward to the future.

Casey McCool (Parental Leave)

Casey McCool (Parental Leave)

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with the families at BUSHkids and to provide support for their child’s development. I have a certificate 3 in children’s services, along with experience and knowledge with the NDIS.

Melissa James (Parental Leave)

Melissa James (Parental Leave)

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have worked in early childhood education for 15 years, spending two years as a Nanny with a wonderful family in London. I’ve completed a Diploma in Children’s Services, Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.

Working for BUSHkids will allow me the opportunity to use my experience, qualifications and passion in working with children to reach their full potential while providing support for their families.

Kelsey Henricksen

Kelsey Henricksen

Early Intervention Facilitator

I believe BUSHkids have a great set of values and work to improve the quality of life in children that need it. I look forward to helping contribute to that by developing and building on existing skills.

Jacqui Augutis

Jacqui Augutis

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have 13 years experience working with children and their families and am currently studying for my Bachelor of Psychological Science. Joining the BUSHkids team will allow me to be an integral part in the support of our rural and regional children and their families when they need it most.

Joshua Adcock

Joshua Adcock

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am a Bundaberg local who is currently studying Physiotherapy, and working at BUSHkids will compliment my university studies, whilst giving me vital experience within the allied health sector.

Nicole Horchner

Nicole Horchner

Administration Officer

I have studied a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) as well as a Certificate III in Education Support.  Having traveled and worked overseas, getting married and bringing up four children, I like to keep busy running and meeting friends. I felt that joining BUSHkids would enable me to use all of my qualifications and previous work experience in one place. I am looking forward to being part of a dynamic team making a difference.

Julie Rathmell

Julie Rathmell

Family Health Support Worker 

I enjoy my role as Family Health Support Worker in the Dalby centre, I  enjoy the valuable work being done for the children and families.

It is a dual role also covering administration duties ensuring the Dalby team runs smoothly, as well as providing family health and support in the community with social skills programs and resilience building programs by visiting local schools and kindergartens.  Parent education is a big part of my role offering many parenting group programs in the region.

Katherine West (Parental Leave)

Katherine West (Parental Leave)

Occupational Therapist 

I value working in a close multidisciplinary team to provide family-centred therapy services to rural children and their families.

Sarah Chicalas

Sarah Chicalas

Administration Officer

I have been working in the Early Childhood Sector since 2015, coordinating and delivering a mobile Early Childhood Service known as RAFS (Remote Area Families Service) to families and communities around Outback Queensland. I hold qualifications and am experienced in Business Administration, Tourism and Early Childhood. Growing up in a rural and remote location myself, I understand the challenges that children and families face in their day-to-day living including having limited access to mainstream services. My passion is to work for an organisation that provides me with the opportunity to assist children and families to get the support they require to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Rebecca Scanlan

Rebecca Scanlan

Speech Pathologist

I am so excited to be a part of a multidisciplinary team that provides allied health services to the region! I feel extremely lucky to be a part of a company with such a rich history and a strong value system.

Marcia Hayston

Marcia Hayston

Allied Health Assistant

I have always been passionate about making sure children get early intervention when it’s needed. This is something that one of my children were lucky enough to access at an early age, which made a huge difference to his quality of life, education and overall wellbeing. So it is only natural that I would want to join an incredible organisation like BUSHkids that help make this happen for so many children and their families every day.

Jodie Anderson

Jodie Anderson

Speech Pathologist

Working in regional and rural Queensland throughout my career, I share the vision, values and purpose of BUSHkids and the importance of quality, equitable services to families in these communities. I look forward to working as part of a bigger team to achieve these outcomes.

Kate Killeen (Maternity Leave)

Kate Killeen (Maternity Leave)

Early Intervention Facilitator

Working with BUSHkids gives me the opportunity to support children and families throughout regional Queensland.

Meredith Rogerson

Meredith Rogerson

ECEI Coordinator

My professional philosophy aligns perfectly with that of BUSHkids. I am a strong believer in early intervention, so I feel fortunate to be able to join the BUSHkids team and do what I can to help children and families.

Julianne Williamson

Julianne Williamson

Early Intervention Facilitator

With a background working in mental health and community development, I am passionate about working collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable families through community capacity building. I have a degree in Behavioural Science, four children of my own, and am excited to be able to engage with families as a part of the BUSHkids team to provide support and education around child development and building the capacity of parents. Empowering children and their families in rural, remote and regional Queensland to be engaged, connected, resilient and ultimately helping communities to grow.

Shari Guinea

Shari Guinea

Team Leader

I joined BUSHkids because I am passionate about providing opportunities to families and children.  I enjoy working with regional and remote communities and assisting them to access services and overcome barriers.

Michelle Gough

Michelle Gough

Administration Officer

I joined BUSHkids to help support the team making a difference in the lives of children and families in Regional Queensland.

Jessica Hosker

Jessica Hosker

Early Intervention Facilitator 

Jess began her career in education as an Early Education Educator and then went on to study Health Promotion at CQU. From this, Jess worked with several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across South Queensland planning, implementing and evaluation community and individualised programs with Indigenous communities. These programs focused on the importance of nutrition, physical activity and sport, smoking cessation, as well as the chronic diseases and the health effects of these diseases. Jess brings with her a passion to help all children, families and communities with their needs as well as the knowledge of program delivery and community engagement. Jess is excited for the opportunity to work for BUSHkids and give back to her community.

Amanda Dollery

Amanda Dollery

Early Intervention Facilitator 

Growing up in rural and remote areas through Queensland and Western Australia, she has a good understanding of the difficulties distance can bring in seeking support and health care. Amanda comes to us with a wide range of experience including mechanical drafting, document control, interior design, customer service and early childhood education and care. During her time in early childhood education and care, Amanda discovered she had a passion for working together with children and families that required additional support. If you are out and about in the Gladstone CBD, pop in to the BUSHkids Office and say “Hello” to Amanda, she would love to meet you.

Roselyn Lisle

Roselyn Lisle

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have worked for Education Queensland for the past 7 years supporting children.  I joined BUSHkids to have the opportunity to help parents and caregivers, and provide the knowledge of the services available to help them to support their families and be active members of our community.  I love helping people and get great pleasure in doing so.

Jasmin Kardum-Quill

Jasmin Kardum-Quill

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am currently studying Physiotherapy, which I thoroughly enjoy.  Having personal experience of receiving services from Allied Health Professionals.   I am interested in now providing that support.  Working with BUSHkids gives me the opportunity to support children and families.

Jessica Kenyon

Jessica Kenyon

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am currently completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education and am eager to use my knowledge and experience to support children and families with additional needs. It is rewarding working for the BUSHkids team and being able to offer early intervention supports to families to enable their children to learn and grow, and become happy, confident, active citizens.

Amy Ginn

Amy Ginn

Early Intervention Facilitator

I joined BUSHkids as I am passionate about helping families receive the support and guidance they may need in their journey.  I have a background in health and fitness with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and through this I have become very passionate about helping children grow and develop in the best way possible. I believe each and every child is unique and love to watch them shine as they and their family receive the tools and assistance to help them reach their full potential. I have commenced a degree in Occupational Therapy and look forward to passing on my knowledge and assisting families and the wider community.

Jessica McKim-Hill

Jessica McKim-Hill

Early Intervention Facilitator

Being involved with BUSHkids, I aim to practice my learned skills, whilst also studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. I also feel I have an obligation to give back to an organisation which has helped so many families and communities over the decades, including my own.

Cameron Shoyer

Cameron Shoyer

Early Intervention Facilitator

I was most excited about joining the team at BUSHkids to utilise my early childhood education and administration skills. Being able to assist families and children in the community who need support is a passion I have and my roles previously working with young children and university students evidences this.

Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Team Leader

I joined BUSHkids because I wanted to be part of an organisation that provides a high standard of early intervention services to families in regional Queensland. BUSHkids has a strong reputation in the community, which means a lot to me – I appreciate being proud of the organisation I work for.

Rebecca Downy

Rebecca Downy

ECEI Coordinator

Kylie Simmons

Kylie Simmons

ECEI Coordinator

I am an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. With my  few years’ experience working with NDIS across LAC and ECEI, I grew a passion to support the health and wellbeing of children and families. I am honoured to work with BUSHkids who are family-centred and child-focused, helping children to increase their skills and actively take part in everyday activities.

Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

ECEI Coordinator

Greg Coleman

Greg Coleman

Administration Officer

I wanted to work in the community services sector as this would give me the opportunity to help local families and build great connections with like-minded people. BUSHkids stood out as an organisation that operates with high professional standards and also has great history and great values.

Kay Woods

Kay Woods

Service Manager – ECEI

I wanted to work for an organisation that I would be proud of and the long history of helping children and families in rural areas is definitely something to be proud of. I also wanted to continue working with children with a disability and I was excited that NDIS had a pathway under the early childhood early intervention program that helped children with developmental delay access help, this area is often overlooked and it can make such a difference to a child’s life.

Rachael Gillen

Rachael Gillen

Team Leader

I have assisted people and families under the NDIS since it’s rollout in the Fraser Coast. I have a passion for working with families and children and assisting people who have disabilities in getting the support they need. I thoroughly enjoy working with people and their families and facilitating their building capacity and linking to local services. I thoroughly enjoy working for an organisation whose ethos aligns with supporting the needs of children and families in Rural and Remote areas of Queensland.

Veronika Grant

Veronika Grant

Senior Coordinator

I believe that families are their own experts and know their children best and I love working with children and assisting families in supporting their children’s growth and development. I am passionate about early childhood early intervention and it is during early childhood where appropriate and timely therapeutic support and provision of services will make a significant difference to children’s future development and their families. I come from a multicultural background and have worked in different roles as a social worker for the last 15 years, and am excited to be working for an organisation who is committed to providing child-focused and family-centred services.

Gina World

Gina World

Administration Officer

I have always had a passion for helping people, especially people in our local community. I really wanted to work for an organisation whose values are in line with my own. I truly believe in the work BUSHkids do for remote and regional children and their families and am very proud to be a part of that.

Karen Joice

Karen Joice

Administration Officer – ECEI Service Manager Support

Having grown up in remote regions of Queensland I can acknowledge the need for additional services to children in these areas. To me BUSHkids is the quiet achiever who has succeeded and continues to grow with a vision to continually expand these services and I look forward to being involved in their progression.

Jennifer Jennings

Jennifer Jennings

Speech Pathologist

Originally from Newcastle, NSW, I have most recently worked in Toowoomba in the Early Childhood Early Intervention space before joining the BUSHkids team. As a paediatric Speech Pathologist, I have a passion for working with young children and their families to help them achieve their communication goals. I am excited to be a part of a respected, longstanding organisation that makes a valuable contribution to children, families and communities across Queensland.

Monica Dyball

Monica Dyball

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree majoring in Psychology and Disability studies.  I have previously worked in Disability Employment Services and spent the last four years working with families in North Qld through the Intensive Family Support Program.  I am excited to be joining BUSHkids in the Early Childhood Early Intervention team and look forward to continuing my work supporting children and families.

Tarah Avery-Flack

Tarah Avery-Flack

Early Intervention Facilitator

Before I started as an Early Intervention Facilitator at BUSHkids, I completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and have worked extensively in the disability and mental health sectors. I am very excited to be able to utilise my skills and knowledge in this important role and I look forward to working from a child-focused and family-centred approach. I am immensely passionate about supporting people, no matter their age or ability, in building their capacity and potential and I believe that BUSHkids is the perfect organisation to help me assist Hervey Bay’s local families achieve this.

Ilene Pinches

Ilene Pinches

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have 18 years of service working with children in a childcare setting and my passion has extended into early intervention. I am very passionate about children being identified early to reach their full development outcomes and also for children to receive intervention at an early age to feel confident and be successful in their future learning. Children are our future!

Jacki Egan

Jacki Egan

Early Intervention Facilitator

I feel that working at BUSHkids will help me to continue to support children and families and allow me to use the skills that I have gained through diverse roles and through life experiences. I am excited to work with like-minded people as part of a team with a common goal.

Jayden Denning

Jayden Denning

Early Intervention Facilitator

With my background in Psychological Science and counselling, I’m passionate about working with families and children. Joining BUSHkids will allow me to help support families and contribute to the great work that BUSHkids does.

Jo Symonds

Jo Symonds

Early Intervention Facilitator

Having worked with the NDIS and now being a parent myself, I was drawn to BUSHkids to support families to access the scheme and build a team around themselves and their children to navigate through these early years.

Kristy Smith

Kristy Smith

ECEI Coordinator

I am very passionate about enriching the lives of children, and I believe that being part of the BUSHkids team will be beneficial to achieving this, as well as enhance my working towards a degree in Social Work.

Elizabeth Rolph

Elizabeth Rolph

Early Intervention Facilitator

With over 20 years of experience in youth, counselling and family support, I find that the learning never ends. I am very passionate about working with children and families, enabling them to access services to reach their potential. I am excited to be a part of a team that is strength-based, child-focused and family-centred.

Robyn Blackwell

Robyn Blackwell

Early Intervention Facilitator

As a volunteer Scout Leader, over the past 4 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with children and families and now I feel I can also contribute to the ongoing success of BUSHkids in Kingaroy and surrounding areas.

Nicole O’Neill

Nicole O’Neill

ECEI Coordinator

During my previous role, I could see a growing need for early intervention services for children and families in the South Burnett Region. I am passionate about supporting children and families to seek early intervention and find the right support to give their child the best start they can have in their journey.

Danielle Cassidy

Danielle Cassidy

Team Leader

As a Sunshine Coast local, I am excited to have the opportunity of bringing my previous experience and knowledge of early years training and development to the BUSHkids team.  I am so pleased to be working for an organisation who understands the importance of providing a holistic multidisciplinary approach to early intervention, that is family focused and child centred.

I am an Early Years teacher with over 11 years experience in providing family-centred strength-based programs to rural, remote and urban communities.  I am thrilled to be part of the BUSHkids team.

Leah Fesuk

Leah Fesuk

Team Leader ECEI Allied Health / Professional Lead Physiotherapy

I am excited to be a part of the BUSHkids team on the Sunshine Coast, supporting local children and families to develop to their full potential. I have a strong background working in early childhood intervention across Queensland, Victoria, the Northern Territory and the United Kingdom. It’s rewarding to support children and their parents to move, play and learn together, and participate fully in their local communities. Most importantly, I love to make moving fun for everyone!

Kristy Howell

Kristy Howell

Team Leader – Caloundra Team

Coming from a background of Early childhood education, I understand the importance of a family centred and child focused approach to growth and learning.  I have a passion for supporting all children to achieve their goals.  I feel very fortunate to be working in such a rewarding role with the wonderful team at BUSHkids and look forward to the opportunity to give back to our local community.

Dustie Moulden

Dustie Moulden

Project Officer ECEI

Joining BUSHkids has allowed me to contribute to the growth and support of our community.  The ECEI team is essential in building awareness and providing great support for our local families.  It feels great to be a part of a team that make real difference in children’s long term development.

Sarah Toigo

Sarah Toigo

Office Manager

I have relocated from Mount Isa to work with BUSHkids Maroochydore as I am passionate about helping families and children and making a difference in their lives. I previously worked with Queensland Health where I was flying to rural communities to assist with providing dental care to children and adults. I am proud to be working with an organisation and a team that always strives to make a difference in children’s long term development.

Sally Adams

Sally Adams

Administration Officer

I was interested in working for BUSHkids, particularly after noting their commitment to making a difference for vulnerable families. I am very excited about being a part of this amazing team of professionals and contributing to the organisation’s success.

Joanna Bryans

Joanna Bryans

Administration Officer

Brooke Favier

Brooke Favier

Occupational Therapist

I have a passion for working with children and families to ensure they reach their full potential. Prior to becoming an OT I also worked supporting children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families as a teacher’s aide, support worker and BUSHkids early intervention facilitator. I grew up in the South Burnett and am excited to be part of a team that provides accessible services to families and communities all over Queensland. I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with families and communities of the Sunshine Coast region along with the team here at BUSHkids.

Gillian Ireland

Gillian Ireland

Occupational Therapist

I’m a new graduate OT with a passion for paediatrics. As a student OT I was fortunate to have my clinical placements at a school for children with developmental language disorder and at Autism Queensland. I’m passionate about working with children and their families to support them to reach their goals. I find it incredibly rewarding when a child shows pride in their achievements. I was drawn to BUSHkids because of the family centred and collaborative approach to intervention as I’ve seen how amazing the outcomes can be when a multidisciplinary team supports children and their families in this way.

Charlotte Joscelyne

Charlotte Joscelyne

Speech Pathologist

I have seen the great need for allied health services in rural and regional areas of Queensland. I was attracted to this organisation that prioritises equitable access to services for all, and emphasises family-centred early intervention. I see the growth and dynamic nature of this organisation as an opportunity to eventually progress, share my knowledge and continue to learn more about myself, about best practice and ways of transdisciplinary working.

Anna Pegler

Anna Pegler

Speech Pathologist

I grew up in Central South West Queensland and have recently moved to the Sunshine Coast. I feel privileged to work for an organisation that works to provide Queensland families and communities with accessible and quality health care. I love working with my team to facilitate capacity building and intervention for children and families, particularly in the early years of a child’s development.

Molly Chivhoko

Molly Chivhoko

Social Worker 

I have a passion for working with vulnerable families and get satisfaction from even the smallest progress in my clients. I believe change is a vigorous process and small achievements should be celebrated. BUSHkids’ values are similar to what I value as an individual, which will help me fit in and grow, personally and professionally.

Shay-Anne Murphy

Shay-Anne Murphy

Social Worker

Wanting the best for your children can, at times, be frustrating navigation the systems alone. I enjoy meeting people and I want to assist in providing the best possible support and outcomes for children and their families.

Tracy Ewart

Tracy Ewart

Early Intervention Facilitator

My background is many years working in Early Childhood Education with experience of supporting children with development delays and their families. I am proud and excited to be part of an organisation that provides strong early intervention supports to children and families that are family centered and child focused.

Sally Overs

Sally Overs

Early Intervention Facilitator

I hold a Diploma in Community Services and have had a number of roles in Early Childhood Education settings over the past 24 years including lead educator, assistant director and learning support. I have developed a passion for inclusion and advocacy for children and families with additional needs and creating communities where people feel valued and welcomed. At BUSHkids I look forward to developing relationships and empowering families to believe that they are experts in their children’s life, and with the right supports they can create bright futures full of possibilities.

Lisa Halloran

Lisa Halloran

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a background in early childhood education and occupational therapy and am passionate about family-centred practice and early intervention.  I’m excited to be working with the team at BUSHkids, supporting families on the Sunshine Coast to help all children meet their potential.

Rachel Patchett

Rachel Patchett

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am so pleased to join the team at Maroochydore and work within a highly respected organisation. The family centred and child focused approach was a smooth fit after many years as an Early Childhood Educator. It is rewarding to be able to offer early intervention to build strength and resilience in children with developmental delays and to collaboratively support their families to meet the child’s goals so they can become the best they can.

Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer

Early Intervention Facilitator

My family and I moved to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to extended family after 13 years living and teaching in the Northern Territory.

I have an early childhood and special education background, and have a worked across a range of settings from very remote to urban school environments.

Through my position as an Early Intervention Facilitator at BUSHkids, I am able to continue to support families of young children through a collaborative approach to meet their child’s goals.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler

Early Intervention Facilitator

Having worked with children for many years, I am acutely aware of the barriers that families face when raising children with disabilities or developmental delays. As such, it gives me great pleasure to work with BUSHkids – supporting and advocating for families and being part of a team that promotes inclusion as we work to build the capacity of the Sunshine Coast community.

Adele Fletcher

Adele Fletcher

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a strong practical understanding of Child Development and Health Promotion, and have worked with children and families in the community for many years. I have taught Early Childhood Studies at degree level and as such have a huge appreciation for the complexity of factors which influence children’s learning and development. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for an organisation which takes an evidence based and family centered approach to early intervention.

Victoria George

Victoria George

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have worked in various roles across Early Childhood Education and hold a Bachelor of General Education Studies. Having just completed a Master of Human Services (Childhood Studies) I am eager to use my knowledge to empower children and their families to reach their full potential.  I am excited to become part of the BUSHkids team and advocate for a more socially just society.

Renee Day

Renee Day

Early Intervention Facilitator

I love what I do! Drawing upon over 18 years of experience in working with children and vulnerable families, Bushkids provides the means to reach out to families in our community. Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and now raising my own family here, I feel privileged to be able to help families through the referral process and with linking in with the many great services we have here in our own backyard.

Rebecca Duignan

Rebecca Duignan

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am passionate about caring for young people and helping them to explore their world and achieve their potential. I see working for BUSHkids as an incredible opportunity to help create meaningful change within my community and offer support to those who need it the most.

Monique Joyce

Monique Joyce

Early Intervention Facilitator

I previously worked in regional North Queensland and within the education sector, and I look forward to continuing to help families access the help they need. I am currently working towards honours in Psychology and hope to work as a psychologist with children and parents in the future.

Kyra Murray

Kyra Murray

ECEI Coordinator

I am very passionate about children and their development; a major reason why I’m studying social work. BUSHkids are so passionate about early intervention within young children and I love that I will be able to help children reach their full potential.

Anne Renton

Anne Renton

Early Intervention Facilitator

In my prior role as a teacher, I observed that the youngest members of our community can sometimes be overlooked in regards to obtaining assistance with accessing services. I chose to expand my knowledge of therapeutic services by joining BUSHkids and as a way to contribute to giving children a great start by supporting and guiding families through the process of obtaining help for members of their family .

Nathan Pike

Nathan Pike

ECEI Coordinator

Joining BUSHkids is an amazing opportunity and I am very excited, as I have seen the impacts that living with different needs can have, and being a part of providing support to that really resonated with me.

Sharon Tindale

Sharon Tindale

Administration Officer

I have worked in the ECE Long Daycare sector for over 20 years.  I began as a casual assistant and progressed to Director.  I have an Advanced Diploma in Childrens services.

I have always had a passion and interest in child development, health and wellbeing.  These aspects are featured profoundly in what BUSHkids extends to all of the remote and regional families and their children.  I work best and happiest when I am supporting others to create an environment that enables us to bring the best out in each other and most of all the children who we aspire to give every chance to be healthy, confident and successful members of their community.

Meghan Maguire

Meghan Maguire

Occupational Therapist

Joining BUSHkids will allow me to build on outreach opportunities, rural and remote caseloads, and work with down to earth staff and work values.

Cassandra Scott

Cassandra Scott

Speech Pathologist

I grew up in the Wide-Bay region and have recently graduated from the University of Queensland. I feel privileged that I have been able to begin my professional career with BUSHkids, an organisation that is dedicated to providing Queensland families and communities with equitable and accessible health services. I enjoy working within the ECEI space, alongside my wonderful team, as I recognize that offering support, intervention and capacity building in the early years is an invaluable investment in every child and family’s future.

Amy Clapham

Amy Clapham

Team Leader

I am excited to be working with BUSHkids to deliver support and much needed services for young children and families in our area. Bundy is my home town, so it has been very rewarding for me to have an opportunity to give back to our local community.

Melissa Wilkes

Melissa Wilkes

Senior Coordinator

I come to BUSHkids from the Department of Education and have a strong knowledge of the early years. My background is predominantly working in and with early childhood services and I have a particular interest in early childhood development, play development and behaviour management. I am excited to work at BUSHkids and look forward to meeting all the children and families in Rockhampton.

Lisa Petersen

Lisa Petersen

Administration Officer

I grew up in Fraser Coast, spent a few years in the Sunshine Coast before relocating to the Capricorn Coast. I have 8 years experience in administration and customer service across varying organisations. I was drawn to BUSHkids as I could see the rewarding work the ECEI team do for families and children out in their local communities. To be part of a team that helps improve a child’s life by assisting their development is very rewarding, I’m excited to see where my future here leads.

Cassandra Potent

Cassandra Potent

Speech Pathologist

BUSHkids aligns strongly with with my values and belief in the best practice i.e. Early Intervention, Not-for-Profit, a collaborative practice model and rural health.

Linzi Genninges

Linzi Genninges

Speech Pathologist

Jaynet Jenkins

Jaynet Jenkins

Early Intervention Facilitator

Early childhood has always been a passion, helping children reach their best potential has been my goal. In between raising my own children I  have worked in the childcare industry for many years before joining BUSHkids where I  am excited to help both families and children in their needs

Sallie Clare

Sallie Clare

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have twenty years of experience supporting children birth to 21 years and their families. I use a strengths-based approach to my practice, so children and their families are empowered to reach their full potential.  It is rewarding to be part of the BUSHkids team that collaboratively advocates for early intervention to support best outcomes for children.

Vanessa Paviour

Vanessa Paviour

Early Intervention Facilitator

As well as being a mother of four children, I have had over 25 years of experience working in the Early Childhood field. I also have a Diploma in Social Science, Child Studies and I am currently in my third year at CQ University, completing a degree in Speech Pathology, Honours in Rockhampton.

Alexis Raj

Alexis Raj

Early Intervention Facilitator

BUSHkids has provided me with an amazing opportunity to provide family-centred and child focused supports to Queensland families. I am eager to use my role here to further empower children and their families to reach their full potential.

Emily Easey

Emily Easey

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am currently studying to become a teacher and believe that BUSHkids will give me real life experiences meeting with families and children. Working for BUSHkids will also give me the opportunity to gain more knowledge around the developmental and disability issues children may face.

Samantha Hardy

Samantha Hardy

Early Intervention Facilitator

I’ve worked in the child care industry for the last 13 years and BUSHkids seemed to call to me because children would still be involved. I am excited for my new journey and look forward to meeting new people and learning new skills.

Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke

Early Intervention Facilitator

As a parent I am aware of how difficult it can be to navigate the health system, especially when you are not aware of what services and supports are out there, and as a student studying occupational therapy, I can see how important early intervention is and the benefits it can provide. I am excited to work with BUSHkids in providing children and their families with support and empowerment.

Adela Caruso

Adela Caruso

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a background in Early Childhood, working in child care for 8 years. I’m passionate about nurturing children and supporting families. I like working at BUSHkids as I get to work with families to support their needs and provide fun activities for children.

Susan Surch

Susan Surch

Child and Family Facilitator

I have worked in a wide variety of Education and Child-Care services for nearly 40 yrs. I hold a B.Ed. Early Childhood teaching degree and in 2020 completed a level 3 Bush Kindy Leader course with Nature Play QLD.

I am looking forward  to  connecting with  families and children in our community  and supporting them through family centred, child focussed and strength-based programs and activities. I am passionate about Play, Nature and storytelling as vehicles and environments for life-long learning.

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor

Clinical Services Manager

As a social worker I am keen to see social change for those struggling in rural and remote settings. Engaging with local families to provide support and education around child development and parenting is a privilege. Building community capacity  is a key role in BUSHkids and it is great to be part of that work.

Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen

eKindy Coordinator

Born and raised in Warwick, working locally and volunteering with the local show society for over 20 years has given me a real passion for supporting children and families in rural areas.  I love the idea of working for BUSHkids and being involved in providing a service that has real meaning and genuinely helps those in need.

Tanya Strom

Tanya Strom

Administration Officer

I feel privileged to be a part of the BUSHkids team and to be working with children, families, carers and other BUSHkids staff in a collaborative approach to making a positive change in children’s lives. Keeping a family unit functioning, happy, connected and empowered is so important, and I am glad to be part of a team supporting our community in this way.

Linda Cholawinskyj

Linda Cholawinskyj

Family Health Support Worker

At BUSHkids I get to work with and support parents and children through the various programs that the centre offers. This is something that I thoroughly enjoy!

Annelie Pienaar

Annelie Pienaar

Occupational Therapist

I have a heart for working with kids and their families to achieve what is important to them. I feel privileged to work for BUSHkids who align closely to my own values as a health professional. BUSHkids provides a good opportunity to support children and families, who might not otherwise have access to these services.

Hannah Telford

Hannah Telford

Speech Pathologist

As a speechie here at BUSHkids, my role involves helping families develop their children’s communication and literacy (reading/spelling) skills. Talking is one of my favourite things to do, so I love working with children to help them say what they want to say. It’s so great to work here at BUSHkids, as we take a team approach in supporting children to achieve their goals.

Nicole Allenden

Nicole Allenden

Psychologist

As an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, I am passionate about working with children, families, and communities to build their learning and development using a holistic, strengths-based approach. I feel privileged to be a part of the BUSHkids team, a company dedicated to providing accessible services to people living in regional and rural communities.