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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.

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Susan Harrison

Clinical Services Manager

Supporting children in the Queensland BUSH requires us to build the capacity of families, professionals and communities in these areas. I strongly believe that when we work together with families and communities we can make big changes and affect the future of our rural children and communities. As BUSHkids Clinical Services Manager, this drives me to ensure we reach more children and families through prevention, early intervention and building community capacity.

Tiffany Bannier-King

Administration Manager

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.

Louise Grimes

Louise Grimes

Accountant

BUSHkids is a fantastic organisation with a rich history of helping children and families in rural Queensland. Being able to work for an organisation that is truly focused on providing services to those in communities that may not otherwise be able to access services, brings a great sense of pride. I feel by doing the best I possibly can within the finance department I can ensure that all funds are used in the most efficient way and that the families can receive the support they need.

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.

Ingrid Lazarus

Administration Officer

I enjoy working for BUSHkids because it is a well established organisation that has helped so many children and their families for over 80 years and will help many more in the future.

Ken Lewis

Ken Lewis

Database/IT Coordinator

I joined BUSHkids to put the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired throughout university to the test, and to apply my knowledge to help BUSHkids improve and develop their IT resources.

Joy Quantrell

Joy Quantrell

Clinical Administration Officer

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.

Jenny Marsh

Accounts Assistant

When I was hearing about BUSHkids for the first time, I heard more than just what the Organisation and its people were all about.  I heard true commitment to the children and families that BUSHkids serves; a real passion for the work that they do; a genuine desire to carry on the remarkable legacy of its founder; and an equal appreciation for staff and volunteers alike.  I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of all that, to do whatever I could to assist.

Karlee Wiles

Karlee Wiles

Allied Health Team Leader (Professional Lead – Occupational Therapists)

Since graduating from the University of Queensland Karlee has enjoyed a long association with BUSHkids, working as a new graduate Occupational Therapist at the BUSHkids Emerald Centre and then as Occupational Therapist/Team Leader at the Redcliffe Residential Centre. “I have always had a passion for working with children and providing a high quality family-centred service. As occupational therapy mentor I am able to continue my association with BUSHkids and contribute to the provision of a high quality service to rural and remote children and their families.”

Samantha Brown

Dr Samantha Brown

Professional Lead – Psychologists 

Dr Samantha Brown is a clinical psychologist with over seventeen years of experience working with families in university, private practice, and health settings. She has provided supervision to early career psychologists and more experienced clinicians since 2001. She enjoys supporting staff to provide evidence-based best practice interventions to children and their parents, as well helping psychologists to achieve their professional goals. Samantha has a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and is able to provide supervision for the clinical registrar program. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Helen Dimond

Professional Lead – Speech-Language Pathologists

I love working with families to improve communication skills in their children. Everyone has something to say, I also find supervising younger Speech Pathologists is rewarding for both of us as we can all learn form each other and be the best Speech Pathologists we can be!

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.

Helen Casey

Service Manager – Early Start Teams 

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.

Beth Cassin

Beth Cassin

Senior Speech Pathologist 

As a Senior Speech Pathologist I appreciate the value and impact of quality mentoring and supervision for an early career professional. I enjoy and am fortunate to be able to support my BUSHkids colleagues in this way.

The abundant body of research shows us that the early experiences of babies and children shape the way the brain develops.  These early learning experiences lay the foundations for all future development. By providing Early Intervention health professionals can support and encourage families to lay sturdy and helpful foundations for their child, giving them the best possible start. BUSHkids is a valued provider of Early Intervention for children in rural and remote Queensland and an inspiring organisation to be part of.

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.

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’.

Bonnie Barr

Occupational Therapist 

I am excited to work with children and families living in rural and remote communities to assist children to be able to engage in meaningful activities and achieve goals with school, play and self-care.

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.

Sarah Siran

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am passionate about empowering children and their families in their communication journey. Working with BUSHkids allows me to grow in this area as it upholds child-focused and family-centred care.

John Nash

Provisional Psychologist

I am excited to be a part of BUSHkids. We are able to offer multidisciplinary assessments and interventions for young people and families who otherwise cannot access these important services. I feel lucky to be providing the psychological service component of our team here in Dalby, and I enjoy the teamwork that is integral to the way our centres work every day. I feel privileged to be part of an organisation with a thoroughly benevolent ethos and proud history of over 80 years

Katherine West

Occupational Therapist 

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

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!

 

Shelley Green

Shelley Green

Occupational Therapist

I enjoy working as part of a close-knit team that provides services to children and their families in rural and remote areas, to help children reach their full potential. It’s exciting to be part of an organisation that emphasises the importance of early intervention, achieving greater health outcomes for the children we see.

 

Helen O'Connell

Senior Occupational Therapist

Currently on maternity leave.

 

Stacey Freebody

Psychologist

Having experienced a country childhood myself, it means a lot to me to return to a rural community in a professional capacity. Assisting to eliminate both geographical and financial barriers of allied health service access for children and their families is a personally rewarding aspect of my role with BUSHkids.

 

Marianne Taylor

Social Worker Team Leader

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.

Georgina Devine

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am passionate about working with children and families to help them achieve goals that will make a meaningful difference in their lives. Working for BUSHkids provides me with the opportunity to follow that passion. I enjoy liaising with other services in the community and considering the broader picture for the children that we work with.

Madeleine Colquhoun

Madeleine Colquhoun

Speech-Language Pathologist 

I am passionate about working with young children and their families, in order to empower them and help them to achieve their communication goals. I love the experience of working within a team of fellow health professionals, as we all work towards the same goal of providing the highest quality of family-centred care for our clients. It is such a privilege to work for an organisation that has such a rich and incredible history of helping children and families across regional and remote Queensland.

Danica Kelly

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am passionate about working with children, and love to see children’s eyes light up when they unlock their communication potential. The BUSHkids team allows me to provide valued speech pathology services to children and families in rural communities, otherwise they would have to travel to larger communities to receive needed services.

Philippa Brown

Philippa Brown

Speech-Language Pathologist

Having been passionate about rural health since a young age, it means a lot to me to be able to start my professional career with BUSHkids in Mount Isa. It is a privilege to begin my speech pathology journey with an organisation that is dedicated to eliminating geographical barriers in healthcare. I also look forward to helping families and children reach their communication potential.

Sarah Bartsch

Occupational Therapist

I am passionate about providing healthcare in rural and remote settings, and enjoy the opportunity BUSHkids provides to work as part of a close team to assist children and their families to achieve their goals.

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.

Susan Clarke

Early Intervention Facilitator

I enjoy the challenges and creativity that the position offers, and the colleagues and families that I work with.

Trudy McDonald

Early Intervention Facilitator

My role as an Early Intervention Facilitator at our Kingaroy site has allowed me to be very diverse, I enjoy being able to utilise my skills to work with children to help them progress in their developmental milestones, as well as provide parent support and education programs that reassure parents in their important role in young children’s lives. Working in my community has also given me the opportunity to support the many great early childhood educators in our region with an aim of making our community stronger in the early childhood sector.

 

Lou Keevers

Lou Keevers

Early Intervention Facilitator

My long career in Early Childhood Education began with my position as a coordinator of an Intervention team.  Over the years in teaching, I have often drawn on those skills developed in that role and considered how beneficial that experience was to my work with families and young children.  I am excited to return to this important role with the BUSHkids organisation and look forward to using my skill set to facilitate positive outcomes for families.

Joanne McKinnon

Joanne McKinnon

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have been working in the family support sector for 7 years and in 2017 joined BUSHkids as an EIF working in the Stanthorpe region. I am passionate about working with parents and their children to support them to learn and grow and for families to see their true potential. I have been working in my local community for many years and have collaborated with BUSHkids during this time, personally seeing the great things that BUSHkids team have done. I am proud to be part of this great team.

Kay Woods

Kay Woods

Team Leader 

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.

 

Toni Garrett

Toni Garrett

Office Manager

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

Nicola Garrett

Nicola Garrett

Administration Officer

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.

Emily Tobin

Emily Tobin

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am enthusiastic about working with young children and their families, in order to support and help them access the NDIS or initial supports they require to meet their goals. I enjoy working with a team of diversely experienced professionals, as we all work towards providing family-centred care for our clients. I feel privileged to work for an organisation that has a rich and empowering history of helping children and their families in rural areas access services.

 

Simone Driver

Simone Driver

Social Worker 

I am excited to work for an organisation that has the same passion in supporting and changing children’s and families lives as I do.  I look forward to working with local families and children in my community and consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to utilise my Social Work background and knowledge to help children transform in a positive and helpful way.

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.

Raelene Whalley

Raelene Whalley

Early Intervention Facilitator

I joined BUSHkids to work with children and their families to help them access the NDIS and early intervention to meet their goals.

Andrea Trudeau

Andrea Trudeau

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am really excited to be working in the ECEI team with BUSHkids delivering the NDIS in the Bundaberg region.

Emma Cullum

Emma Cullum

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Amy Collins

Amy Collins

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Nadia Harley

Nadia Harley

Early Intervention Facilitator

 

Rachel Robertson

Rachel Robertson

Administration Officer 

 

Jessica Akers

Jessica Akers

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.

Kym Donald

Kym Donald

Early Intervention Facilitator 

Kym and her family are from the Gladstone region and have had great experiences being supported by the BUSHkids team while growing up. With 20 years of Office Administration experience Kym has worked at the Gladstone Power Station for 16 years and for three years she worked for Football CQ as the Competition Manager. Kym has a broad range of skills and experience in Administration and Event Management and she is looking forward to being part of the BUSHkids team. Kym is passionate about providing better opportunities for children and their families, as well as making a difference in our community.

Tania Quinn

Tania Quinn

Team Leader

I am passionate about supporting families who have a family member with developmental delays and disabilities and am thrilled to be leading the Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald and Biloela teams as partner in the community to NDIS.  BUSHkids values and philosophies resonate strongly with me and I am very excited to be on this journey with such as established and dedicated service.  I am proud to live in Central Queensland and to bring a new and innovative service to the many unique and vibrant communities that our team will support along their journey with NDIS.

Karla Edwards

Karla Edwards

Administration Officer

I am passionate in working with children and families and am excited to be part of the BUSHkids NDIS team in my local community. I look forward to the journey ahead with the rest of the NDIS teams.

 

Belinda Johnson

Belinda Johnson

Occupational Therapist

I am passionate about providing early intervention services to children and their families to empower them to achieve their goals. As an Occupational Therapist at BUSHkids I look forward to supporting children to engage in activities that are meaningful to them and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Haylee Stevens

Haylee Stevens

Speech Pathologist  

As a Speech Pathologist I am passionate about assisting children to develop their communication skills so that they can participate in meaningful activities, and do this as independently as possible. I believe that everyone’s communication rights should be respected and that everyone deserves a voice. Supporting parents to help their children to find their voice, and supporting families as they walk their NDIS pathway, are my favourite parts of the job.

Allys Johnson

Allys Johnson

Psychologist 

As a psychologist for BUSHkids I look forward to working with children and their families in navigating their journey toward a rich and fulfilling life. I am also passionate about building inclusive communities for people living with disabilities and mental health challenges.

Angela Barrett-Lennard

Angela Barrett-Lennard

Psychologist 

I am a born and bred Rocky local with 15 years’ experience working with people with disabilities and their families. I have specialised in working with children with disabilities in the Child Safety service system who have a complex trauma history and have a passion for promoting positive parenting and healthy attachment relationships in achieving positive mental health outcomes. I am excited to be a part of a fantastic organisation like BUSHkids and look forward to helping children and families reach their full potential.

Melissa Wilkes

Melissa Wilkes

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Kelli Ibbotson

Kelli Ibbotson

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am very excited to join BUSHkids on the Early Start Team based in Rockhampton. I am committed to enhancing the quality of life of Central Queensland children and their families. I bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to the ECEI role that I have gained within the disability sector over the past 10 years. I really enjoy helping children and their families achieve their goals and develop new skills to reach their full potential.

Marri-Ann Sadler

Marri-Ann Sadler

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a passion for working with children and families with disabilities and consider myself fortunate to have a position within an organisation that is passionate and child and family focused.

 

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