Meet our Teams

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

Director Clinical Services and Strategy

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.

Janine Kemp

Janine Kemp

Lead Family Health Support Worker/EIF/Child & Family Facilitator Coordinator

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.

Megan MacDonald

Megan MacDonald

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!

Lindy Thornthwaite

Lindy Thornthwaite

Children and Parenting Team Leader

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

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

Psychologist – teleHealth and Centre based

As a registered Psychologist with a Masters 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

Psychologist – Telehealth

Having completed 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.

Reegan Phillott

Reegan Phillott

Speech Pathologist – teleHealth

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

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

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.

Nikki Harte

Nikki Harte

Community Capacity Building and Engagement Therapist

 

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 since 1935, and continuing to help them today.  I find it inspiring to work with 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.

Kay Cleeland-McKay

Kay Cleeland-McKay

Finance Manager

When you work in finance it’s nice to find the opportunity to do a role which is not just about making money. The services that BUSHkids provides are so important so it is good to be part of the team paying the staff and suppliers to help these services to run smoothly. I like the challenge of making financial information more accessible, useful and interesting to non-finance people.

Leanne Sankey

Leanne Sankey

Financial Accountant

 

Joy Bain

Joy Bain

Finance Officer

 

 

Ken Lewis

Ken Lewis

IT Team Leader

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.

Tori Wilkinson

Tori Wilkinson

IT Support Officer

Working within the not-for-profit sector supporting vulnerable children and families appeals to me as I feel passionate about social justice and support. BUSHkids utilises a lot of technology to deliver services so I’m excited to be a part of the team that supports the service design and implementation. I hope to gain new understanding in my field and make a positive impact on the IT capabilities and security of BUSHkids’ staff, clients, and the organisation as a whole.

Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips

Service Innovation Coordinator

As BUSHkids’ Service Innovation Coordinator, I coordinate projects to support rural, front-line allied health- and family support- staff achieve the best outcomes for children and families. I am interested in innovative service models (such as teleHealth) and the social determinants of health to support creative and flexible solutions to improve access to health services. My background as a Nutritionist and Masters degree in Public Health allows integrated health promotion strategies in the work BUSHkids does to support vulnerable communities, such as those living in rural locations or those with a disability.

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 – Parental Leave

Rebecca McRae – Parental Leave

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.

Melissa Barber

Melissa Barber

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Carlton Meyn’s passion and commitment for BUSHkids is clearly evident when you meet him – I am excited and feel privileged to join his team. I look forward to working together in providing an ongoing positive impact on the lives of children and their families in rural and remote Queensland communities.

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.

Amy Tsai

Amy Tsai

Administration Support Officer to the CEO Office

I’m happy to be a part of BUSHkids as I believe in creating equitable opportunities for children and families to reach their full potential.

Fabien Francomme

Fabien Francomme

HR Coordinator 

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.

Irene Drozdovskii

Irene Drozdovskii

HR Administration Officer

I have always had a passion to help people to thrive and reach their full potential, which I share with BUSHkids. The safety, health, happiness and wellbeing of children is truly important to me, as well as contributing to making a positive impact on their lives and changing their futures.

Maddi Ridley

Maddi Ridley

Administration Assistant 

I would love to positively contribute to health care for children as I am passionate about health and also love kids.

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.

Sasha Tagg

Sasha Tagg

Child and Family Facilitator

My passion is to work alongside young people in rural and remote communities, focusing on strong minds and wellbeing with programs to build confidence and learn new skills. Working at BUSHkids will allow me to continue this passion and to grow and develop community capacity to benefit children and families.

Madeleine Fog

Madeleine Fog

Team Leader – Bundaberg

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.

Toni Garrett

Toni Garrett

Operations Manager ECA

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

Emma Cullum

Emma Cullum

Senior Project Officer 

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.

Melissa James

Melissa James

Senior Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ingrid Fourie

Ingrid Fourie

Senior Clinician 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.

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.

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.

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.

Linnae Beckey

Linnae Beckey

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I like the idea of being able to help more children and their parents to access the necessary supports required to improve their outcomes. Having worked in rural and remote kindergartens, I have seen how much early intervention has helped kids reach their potential.

Yvonne Gort

Yvonne Gort

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I am passionate about ensuring vulnerable children get all of their care and development needs met. BUSHkids has given me more opportunities to further my work with children in assisting their parents to cater for their children’s developmental needs. I enjoy working in partnership with families to ensure children develop to their full potential so they can live their best life possible as they establish a foundation for lifelong success and individual achievement.

Jayde Canino

Jayde Canino

Allied Health Assistant

I enjoy working with children and see them reaching their goals. BUSHkids offer great services for vulnerable children, which is why I started my degree in occupational therapy, to help children build up their capacity so they can participate and contribute to society and the community in a positive way.

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.

Jo Bryans

Jo Bryans

Administration Officer

After working for an Indigenous Wellbeing Centre for 3 years in Bundaberg I can recognise the need for community supports such as BUSHkids in Queensland. I am privileged to be part of an organisation that is dedicated to helping young Australians by giving families the opportunity and resources they need for each individual to reach their full potential.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler

Professional Supervisor and EIF Trainer

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.

Shanley Diamond

Shanley Diamond

Occupational Therapist

During my three years working as a paediatric OT in Mackay, I saw a gap between NDIS and those who didn’t fit the criteria. When I searched for services to fill this gap, I found the answer – BUSHkids.

Rebecca Duignan

Rebecca Duignan

Senior Coordinator

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.

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.

Shavaun Hattingh

Shavaun Hattingh

Early Intervention Facilitator 

With over 20 years experience in a wide range of early childhood settings, I am always passionate about providing great learning outcomes for children and their families. It is important for me to work for an organisation that has a similar set of core values that align with my core values, which I feel BUSHkids does.

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.

Geoff Wallace

Geoff Wallace

Early Intervention Facilitator

Personally, working with BUSHkids feels like both a natural progression and a new challenge. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work in a new supporting role alongside children and their families.

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.

Alicia Green

Alicia Green

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I am passionate about early years learning and enjoy incorporating this passion in to my home environment with my energetic children. When the position with BUSHkids popped up I felt like this was a unique and exciting opportunity to assist children and families from a different perspective. It is important that our families and our children know that they are cared about and their ideas, thoughts and feelings are highly valued.

Tara Hinchliffe

Tara Hinchliffe

Allied Health Assistant

I have been working with children in the community for ten years as an athlete, coach, school facilitator and care-giver. Advocating for vulnerable families with the community in a way that fosters their resilience, confidence, autonomy and a feeling of control is something that would drive me to serve my local community as a hard-working member of the BUSHkids organisation.

Annabel Cameron

Annabel Cameron

Early Intervention Facilitator

BUSHkids attracted me because of the organisational philosophy. I feel so passionately about helping children and families to reach their greatest potential and securing positive wellbeing. I am so excited to be a part of a multi-disciplined team and to learn from so many experienced professionals on the best practice for supporting children with developmental delay or disability.

Kahlia Mattiuzzo

Kahlia Mattiuzzo

Early Intervention Facilitator

After being in the childcare industry, I can see the need for a family-centred approach to early intervention. I love being able to support and guide families and their children in achieving their goals. Working at BUSHkids has meant that I can achieve this in an organisation that shares the same values.

Katina Leedie

Katina Leedie

Allied Health Assistant

BUSHkids gives me the opportunity to engage and support services that will assist families to move forward. Additionally, I am interested in learning about allied health services and ways we can improve the quality of life through health services.

Currently recruiting

Currently recruiting

Allied Health Assistant

 

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.

Naomi Burgess

Naomi Burgess

Occupational Therapist

BUSHkids provides opportunities to create real change in the community and is dedicated to a mission that aligns with my own professional values. I feel privileged and excited to begin my journey as an occupational therapist alongside a supportive team who shares my passion for helping children from all backgrounds to thrive and reach their potential.

Marina Johnston

Marina Johnston

Administration Officer

I was first interested in joining the BUSHkids team as I wanted to continue my passion with supporting children and families. I am honoured to get the opportunity to help provide the best support to those in rural communities.

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.

Claudia Anderson

Claudia Anderson

Social Worker

I am excited to work with the children and families of BUSHkids to support them to feel empowered and able to achieve their goals. I look forward to embodying BUSHkids values in my every day life and work.

Kate Killeen

Kate Killeen

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

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.

Julianne Williamson

Julianne Williamson

Child and Family 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 – Gladstone

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.

Annalise Kelly

Annalise Kelly

Senior Coordinator

I have assisted in the delivery of person-centred supports, previously engaged with BUSHkids assisting a young client, meeting individual needs, breaking past barriers and creating professional rapport with clients and families. I am overjoyed at the opportunity BUSHkids presents and feel privileged to work for a child and family-focused, non-profit organisation, giving back to our local community through early childhood intervention supports.

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.

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.

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.

Adrienne Kiley

Adrienne Kiley

Early Intervention Facilitator

I became interested in working at BUSHkids because I liked the idea of being a part of the solution. As a former educator and coach I had many experiences with children that required services that went unattended to. I am excited to be a part of the team that helps children and their families receive the help and resources they need to live their most productive, happy lives.

Crystal Austin

Crystal Austin

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am excited to be a part of the BUSHkids team and able to work with a group of passionate people who help children and their families grow together and achieve positive outcomes.

Jessica Redmond

Jessica Redmond

Early Intervention Facilitator

I was keen to join the BUSHkids team because of the work that they do. The staff are all so professional and I can’t wait to learn and grow within this sector.

Danielle Cassidy

Danielle Cassidy

Team Leader – Gympie

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.

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

Administration Officer

It is important to me to be a part of the change in the world. BUSHkids is an organisation that holds so much purpose and to be a part of that is the change, no matter what position a person holds.

Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

Senior Coordinator

After working predominantly in the Early Childhood sector for over 10 years, I had a willingness to grow. BUSHkids has a great reputation and I was delighted to receive the opportunity to be part of the team. My family is my favourite thing, so to be able to support children and families in the community to reach their potential is where my passion is.

Rebecca Downy

Rebecca Downy

ECEI Coordinator

My child was involved with BUSHkids and in this time I have seen how empowering the NDIA system has been for my child’s development. Since this journey began, I knew I wanted to be a part of the bigger picture – helping others has always been important to me. Children are our most vulnerable and nothing empowers me more than to see a child grow and learn with the resources they need to develop.

Sarah Stevens

Sarah Stevens

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I understand that there is a real need for change in society, especially in building community capacity for families. Growing up in a small rural Queensland town and currently studying Psychology has ignited my passion to enhance community inclusion. I am so excited and privileged to be able to fulfill my passion as a BUSHkids team member.

 

Sarah Durrand

Sarah Durrand

Early Intervention Facilitator

I know how important early intervention is and how valuable the support is to both the children and their families. Joining BUSHkids will further increase my ability to make a significant difference in the community I live in, I am very excited to be a part of that positive change.

 

Tash Laycock

Tash Laycock

Early Intervention Facilitator 

Often referred to as a people person, I thrive on helping children grow into their best selves. Having witnessed first-hand the opportunities children have for early intervention, once funding is allocated, it is an absolute privilege to now work alongside these families and share their child’s growth with them as part of the BUSHkids team.

 

Jessica Cole

Jessica Cole

Team Leader – Hervey Bay

I am excited to join an organisation that aligns with my personal values, that works within a collaborative model to support vulnerable families. I view families/caregivers as ‘experts’ on their child’s development and growth and BUSHkids works within an innovative model of supports to ensure that families are provided with capacity building supports for the child and the family as well.

Donna Sheppard

Donna Sheppard

Head of Allied Health – ECA

Children and their families in the remote and regional communities are so important. I love how BUSHkids focus on ensuring that those children can access the services they need and BUSHkids are trying to be innovative and think outside the square to make it happen – that is exciting.

Monica Dyball

Monica Dyball

Senior Coordinator

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.

Denise Hargrave

Denise Hargrave

Administration Officer 

After working for the past 18 years as the finance manager of Aged Care & Disability Services for both residential and community clients, I am truly excited for the opportunity to now be able to work with an organisation that is dedicated to helping young Australians make positive changes to their lives, and that of their families.  It is a privilege to be part of the BUSHkids Team and to reconnect with my rural origins.

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.

Lily Hanily

Lily Hanily

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Psychology)/Criminology and Justice. Having had experience as a residential youth worker, I know the importance of early intervention supports. I believe that being a part of the BUSHkids team will be beneficial to enriching the lives of children and their families by using a family-centred approach to provide the best individualised support.

Tracey Lloyd

Tracey Lloyd

Early Intervention Facilitator

BUSHkids is a fantastic organisation with a rich history of helping children and families in Queensland. Being able to work for an organisation that is focused on providing help for children who have a developmental delay is a great privilege and brings a sense of pride and integrity to my life.

Lisa Loiterton

Lisa Loiterton

Early Intervention Facilitator

BUSHkids supported my family through accessing NDIS and receiving a formal diagnosis – I love what BUSHkids are all about and the work they do and I want to be a part of it. I would like to make a difference within our community and help local families to access the NDIS and access important services.

Robyn Blackwell

Robyn Blackwell

Child and Family 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.

Shelly Woodall

Shelly Woodall

Child and Family Facilitator

With over 6 years’ experience of working with young children, I have a strong passion for helping children to enhance their social emotion, self-regulation, resilience and over-all interaction skills as well as creating an empowering environment for all families within the community.

Liz Whale

Liz Whale

Team Leader – Maroochydore

As an early childhood professional with 20 years’ experience working in the education, health and community sectors, I am a passionate advocate for the health and wellbeing of children and their families. I am delighted to be working with BUSHkids to support their vision of ensuring all Queensland children reach their potential regardless of where they live.

Dustie Moulden

Dustie Moulden

Project Officer

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.

Sarah Gregorovic

Sarah Gregorovic

Administration Officer

Throughout my career, I have understood the importance of building and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders within all communities. When I saw this opportunity with BUSHkids and how they help regional children, I knew it would be a perfect fit for me.

Claudia Murray

Claudia Murray

Administration Officer

The idea of being part of a team that supports and facilitates the wellbeing of children is a true privilege. I believe that children are most important in all communities.

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.

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.

Nishani Algama

Nishani Algama

Speech Pathologist

I was drawn to BUSHkids as they uphold key values that I strongly align with. They provide accessible services to families and communities throughout Queensland, with a strong emphasis on family-centred practice, which fosters an environment that empowers families.

Libby Brown

Libby Brown

Physiotherapist

I am passionate about helping infants, toddlers and young children gain the very best possible start in life. I was drawn to BUSHkids as I believe their philosophy, culture and work practices are closely aligned with my own and I am excited to work in a supportive and knowledge-rich environment with like minded professionals.

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.

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.

Leanne Fuller

Leanne Fuller

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have worked with children and families my whole career of over 30 years. My qualification is in Early Childhood Education and Care and I am passionate about walking alongside families to ensure that children get the best possible start and can reach their full amazing potential. I am so grateful to be working at BUSHkids with such a family-centred and practical support model. I hope to be able to have a positive impact on lots more little lives.

Zara O’Dwyer

Zara O’Dwyer

Early Intervention Facilitator

My passion is to help support families to achieve their goals through early intervention and taking a strengths-based and family-centred approach. I am excited to work with BUSHkids and to be able to support local families access services that will allow their children to reach their full potential.

Gemma Coggins

Gemma Coggins

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have been aware of BUSHkids for over a decade and I always felt that they were one the top organisations who provided care and services for children. BUSHkids are so well established in QLD and the NDIS partnership I feel, demonstrates the confidence that NDIS has in BUSHkids’ ability to deliver. I feel very honoured to be working for BUSHkids.

Lauren Bell – Parental Leave

Lauren Bell – Parental Leave

Early Intervention Facilitator

As a facilitator for BUSHkids I am excited to transfer my knowledge and experience to assist families in giving their child the best start to life. I am highly motivated by children and have a passion for play, development and wellbeing. As a teacher I have experienced firsthand the profound impact of quality early intervention.

Georgia Laird

Georgia Laird

Allied Health Assistant

I am currently in my 4th year studying Occupational Therapy and was very lucky to complete my final placement at BUSHkids. Being able to provide high quality services to children and families in regional and remote communities, who would otherwise be unable to access them, struck a chord with me.

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.

Tamara Chirgwin-Kimmorley

Tamara Chirgwin-Kimmorley

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I am extremely excited to work for BUSHkids and be out in the field doing what I love, working with children. Helping disadvantaged children and their families is my career goal – I want to do whatever I can to help. The BUSHkids mission aligned with my own and that’s how I knew BUSHkids was the place for me.

Leah Derby

Leah Derby

Early Intervention Facilitator

What drew me to BUSHkids was my passion to help children to reach their full potential, as every child deserves equal opportunities. I’m currently studying primary education and the opportunity to work with BUSHkids to reach children at many different developmental stages and needs, aligns with my values and I am excited to join the team.

Danielle Cotterill

Danielle Cotterill

Occupational Therapist

I feel passionate about helping local families to get the best possible outcomes for their children. With BUSHkids’ family focus, I hope to contribute as part of the team to support children and their families to achieve their goals.

 

Amy Clapham – Parental Leave

Amy Clapham – Parental Leave

Service Manager – ECEI Teams

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.

Linzi Genninges

Linzi Genninges

Team Leader

I am so proud to work for BUSHkids, first  as a speech pathologist, and now as a Team Leader. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my clinical skills with my background and qualifications in business and human resource management, to grow and develop as a professional leader for this exiting team.

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

A/ Lead 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.

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

Allied Health Assistant

With over 20 years experience working with children, I am now pursuing my passion – studying speech pathology (Honours). Working with BUSHkids will provide many opportunities for me to gain new skills and knowledge from team members, clients and other professionals.

Alexis Raj – Parental Leave

Alexis Raj – Parental Leave

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.

Breanna Filer

Breanna Filer

Early Intervention Facilitator 

I have a bachelor degree in psychological science (Psychology) and am particularly interested in early childhood development and early intervention. I have previous experience working with vulnerable children and families in the child protection field and found my passion is working with and helping children. Working with BUSHkids, I am hoping to be able to support children and families to reach their full potential and be able to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families in the Rockhampton region.

Leanne Pearson

Leanne Pearson

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have many years’ experience within the early childhood sector, and working at BUSHkids, will only enhance and develop my skills. I thrive on helping to support children and their families in  health, development, education and social skills, providing an overall support system within the community.

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.

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.

Alice Pumfrey

Alice Pumfrey

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have always been passionate about supporting the development of children, and particularly children who face delays in meeting their full potential. I grew up in Clermont and understand the barriers that families face when seeking allied health services and how this affects their progress. I am excited for the invaluable opportunities that BUSHkids provide through child-centred and family-focused support to further my understanding and experience in my career.

Adela Caruso

Adela Caruso

Child and Family 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

Administration Officer 

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 Dittman (Telford)

Hannah Dittman (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.