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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

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.

Helen Casey

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.

Karlee Wiles

Karlee Wiles

Service Manager – Children’s Allied Health (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.”

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.

Beth Cassin

Beth Cassin

Service Manager – Children’s Allied Health (Professional Lead – Speech-Language Pathologists) 

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.

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

Telehealth – 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.

Megan MacDonald

Megan MacDonald

Telehealth – Occupational Theraprist

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 10years now and I feel very fortunate to love what I do!

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.

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.

Kay Cleeland

Kay Cleeland

Accountant

With both family and friends in regional Queensland I realise how limited the resources and facilities in these areas can be. I have had numerous years of experience as an Accountant in a variety of organisations including Local Government, Chartered Accounting and private companies. I am pleased to be able to use this experience to assist the finance team at BUSHkids.

Jenny Marsh

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.

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.

Rebecca McRae

Rebecca McRae

Administration Officer

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.

Kathy Macdonald

Kathy Macdonald

Administration Officer

It is inspiring to be part of BUSHkids team, especially knowing it has amazing history of supporting children and families in rural and remote Queensland. BUSHkids offers a supportive and collaborative work environment, where I feel valued and able to make a difference.

Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips

Administration Support Officer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

Leigh Pleace

Leigh Pleace

Occupational Therapist 

I have always had a passion for working with children and their families. I am excited to work in a multi-disciplinary team and work closely with children and families in rural areas to achieve their goals.

Sorrell McGee

Sorrell McGee

Speech-Language Pathologist

I’m passionate about working with paediatric populations, and am committed to supporting children to achieve their full potential. I’m excited for the opportunity to work within the BUSHkids Allied Health team, and provide multidisciplinary and family-centered support to children and families within regional and rural communities.

Carly Genrich

Carly Genrich

Family Health Support Worker

Nicole Horchner

Nicole Horchner

Administration Officer

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.

Sarah Siran

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.

Katherine West

Katherine West

Occupational Therapist 

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

Marianne Taylor

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.

Kerryn Kent

Kerryn Kent

Administration Officer

Kerry has a Bachelor of Business from QUT, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology on a part-time basis. She has a passion for animal welfare and has worked for Wildcare Australia, Bats Qld, and RSPCA.

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!

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.

Yolanda Maudsley

Yolanda Maudsley

Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Eloise Beard

Eloise Beard

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Eloise is a new graduate having recently completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Southern Cross University.  Eloise has completed both rural and remote clinical placements and this ignited a passion for community health and accessible service provision and she feels that a SLP role with BUSHkids would be excellent in extending her knowledge base in this area.

Averal Woodham

Averal Woodham

Family Health Support Worker

I am excited to be apart of the BUSHkids team. I really enjoy helping children and their families achieve their goals and develop new skills to build resilience and empower themselves as individuals.

Katrina Beard

Katrina Beard

Occupational Therapist

I come from a multicultural background and love that I can work in a work community that is inclusive of people from all different cultural experiences. I am passionate about working with children and families. I feel privileged to support children to meaningfully engage and participate in everyday activities and within varying environments. I am committed to providing holistic and client-centred care and am excited to be apart of the BUSHkids team.

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.

Danica Kelly

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

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

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

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.

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.

Adela Caruso

Adela Caruso

Early Intervention Facilitator

Emma Cullum

Emma Cullum

Team Leader

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ashton Fuller

Ashton Fuller

Resource Assistant

Hi I am Ashton and I like going by the name of Ash. I like working at BUSHkids because they have given me a chance when no one else would. The office is like one big family they support you when you need it. I like that working for BUSHkids means I can help make a difference.

Freeda Thong

Freeda Thong

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am passionate about working with paediatric populations and families to help build capacity and provide them with needed supports utilizing a family-centred care approach. I am excited to be contributing to an organisation that values and thrives off collaboration and an understanding of its communities and its people. I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work in a team that helps to provide families with access to health, developmental and educational services to empower families to foster growth in their children.

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 Hollowood

Danae Hollowood

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.

Andrea Platt

Andrea Platt

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

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.

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.

Kristy Jowett

Kristy Jowett

Early Intervention Facilitator

In my previous job a colleague suggested applying to BUSHkids as she had worked in the BUSHkids IT Department & loved the company. I really want to work with children & families & am excited to be doing so at BUSHkids.

Madeleine Fog

Madeleine Fog

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Occupational Therapist

I am excited to be a part of the Bundaberg NDIS BUSHkids team. I am passionate about helping little ones and their families achieve goals through family – centred service. As an Occupational Therapist, I support children to reach their full potential through participation in meaningful activities.

Nadia Harley

Nadia Harley

Senior Coordinator

I am very excited to be working with BUSHkids, an organisation steeped in tradition, however I am most excited to be working with families and providing intervention support. I am devoted to providing high quality early intervention support so children can reach their full potential.

Rachel Robertson

Rachel Robertson

Office Manager

My Administrative experience spans 30 years, most of which was spent in Rural and Remote areas throughout Queensland.  My empathy and passion to provide the same standard of Allied Health services as provided by our Major Cities is paramount, ensuring our little people and their families obtain the best quality of life they can in a Professional and streamlined manner.  I feel blessed working within the BUSHkids fraternity amongst staff with the same value and goals.

Gabrielle McCosker

Gabrielle McCosker

Speech-Language Pathologist

As a team member of the Emerald NDIS ECEI team, I am devoted to providing ongoing support and clinical knowledge for younger children and their families/carers in rural and remote regions. I look forward to facilitating goals for communication and social development to prepare children for schooling and beyond. By working collaboratively with a team of experienced professionals, I aim to work holistically to upkeep BUSHkid’s mission to provide high quality allied health services.

Helen Smales

Helen Smales

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am passionate about working with young children and their families, empowering and helping them achieve their goals. I am excited to be working at BUSHkids, an agency that has a strong profile of providing high quality therapy support services to the local community.

Kym Donald

Kym Donald

Administration Officer

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.

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.

Yolande Gout

Yolande Gout

Physiotherapist

What drew me to working with BUSHkids is that I am passionate about delivering family centred care. I enjoy working with children with developmental delay and am excited to have the opportunity to provide therapy early to the children who need it. I look forward to working together with children and their families to assist them to achieve functional goals, increase their independence in daily activities and improve their engagement with life and the community.

Stephanie Harding

Stephanie Harding

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am passionate about working with children and their families and being able to provide BUSHkids and NDIS ECEI services to help decrease geographical and financial barriers for families in rural and remote communities.

Shari Guinea

Shari Guinea

Early Intervention Facilitator

Kay Woods

Kay Woods

Service Manager – Early Start Teams 

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.

Kris Jennings

Kris Jennings

Team Leader

I grew up in Hervey Bay and feel privileged to be part of an organisation that has such a long history and good standing within this community. My heart lies in working with children with a disability and their families and am excited to be able to offer support, hope and direction through BUSHkids’ partnership with the NDIS.

Rosa Czinege

Rosa Czinege

Administration Officer

Rosa brings 20 years’ experience in administration. Rosa has owned a successful event catering business with her husband since 2010.  She has a Diploma of Applied Psychology and has been an active volunteer in the community.  Rosa has a passion for improving quality of life for the disadvantaged and seeks to empower them to achieve their goals and to be treated as a valuable member of the community, through education, prevention and early intervention.

Jean Houlahan

Jean Houlahan

Psychologist

I am a registered Psychologist, and Psychotherapist who has many years’ experience working with children, individuals and families. I have worked as a private practitioner, for Qld Health, and Northern Territory Education. I have a strong belief in equality, fairness, and opportunity for everyone. My reasons for joining BUSHkids is my work allows me to strive to meet the unmet needs of children aged 0-6 with developmental delays or disability. That is providing children and their family’s support that will enable every child the opportunity to meet their full potential.  This includes working in my community as part of trans-disciplinary team providing services to families by increasing community capacity through education; prevention and early intervention programs.

Lisa McCudden

Lisa McCudden

Early Intervention Facilitator

With my background in Early Childhood Education, I understand and appreciate the concept of every moment being captured a s a learning experience for all children. I am very happy to be a part of the Early Childhood Early Intervention team in Hervey Bay and look forward to working with families and the community within the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett regions.

Veronika Grant

Veronika Grant

Social Worker

I believe that families are their own experts and know their children best. I love working with children and assist families in supporting their children’s growth and development. I am passionate about early childhood early intervention and while we know that it is never to late to learn and develop new skills,  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 am excited to be working for an organization who is committed to provide child-focused and family-centred services.

I come from a multicultural background and have worked in different roles as a social worker for the last 15 years.

Sara McCarron

Sara McCarron

Occupational Therapist

I love working with families to identify their Child’s strengths and working out together how we can use those strengths to increase the independence of your child, reduce your stress and increase your families ability to engage with your community.

I am excited to be a part of the BUSHkids team because they have a wonderful focus on Early intervention for everyone regardless of diagnosis, culture or background.

Jessica Foster

Jessica Foster

Early Intervention Facilitator

Jessica made a career change from working as a Veterinary Nurse to working with children with disabilities. She has previously worked a Teacher’s Aide while completing a Master’s degree in Autism Studies. Jessica has also undertaken studies in Education Support and Psychology. She brings a lot of passion to the BUSHkids team and is excited to make a positive difference in the life of children and their families.

Christine Batt

Christine Batt

Early Intervention Facilitator

Joining the BUSHkids team is an exciting extension of my career working alongside children and their families in the Early Childhood Education and Care space. BUSHkids values align strongly with my own; offering collaborative support to Families using child focused and family centred practices to ensure children receive equitable access to health service, early education and developmental opportunities. I am proud to be a part of a wonderful multi-disciplinary team to empower Families to access support and reach their goals.

Rebecca Murrell

Rebecca Murrell

Team Leader

Helen Dimond

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!

Dustie Moulden

Dustie Moulden

Administration 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.

Emily Odillo Maher

Emily Odillo Maher

Social Worker

I joined the BUSHkids team in Maroochydore as I am passionate about making a difference.  I strongly believe that we can all change the direction of our lives with the right access to supports and services.

I am a social worker as well as a Yoga therapist and mindfulness teacher and I have a family-centred and strengths-based approach to my practice.  I love working with children and families and empowering them both to reach their full potential.

Jo-Ann Springall

Jo-Ann Springall

Early Intervention Facilitator

I view joining BUSHkids as an opportunity to support families on their NDIS journey.  From my background as an educator, it’s my goal to empower Gympie Region families to create positive futures for their children.  This is especially so for the transition to school.

Stacey Bowater

Stacey Bowater

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am excited about joining the BUSHkids team as I have a passion for Early Intervention, holistic family work and foundation skills to provide our children with the strongest possible start to school.

Telysha Audibert

Telysha Audibert

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am excited to work for BUSHkids, an organisation and team that values the child-focused and family-centred approaches to help make a difference to individuals and their families.

I have a strong interest in creating community connections, knowledge and opportunities through capacity building and working together to help provide access to health, developmental and educational services.

Kristy Howell

Kristy Howell

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Sequoyah Ryder

Sequoyah Ryder

Occupational Therapist

I have grown up on the Sunshine Coast and have always wanted to work for an organisation that understands the importance and benefits of providing multidisciplinary, early intervention support to children and families. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that are offered when working within the community to assist children to meaningfully engage in daily life as well as supporting families and community organisations. I am excited to provide family-centred and holistic support to families within the BUSHkids team.

Ashleigh Dodt

Ashleigh Dodt

Occupational Therapist

I am excited to be a member of the new Maroochydore ECEI team and look forward to supporting the local Sunshine Coast and Gympie communities. As an Occupational Therapist, I will be privileged to assist young children in their development and achieving their goals.

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.

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.

Michelle Beadnell

Michelle Beadnell

Administration Support Officer

A newcomer to working at BUSHkids and within the NDIS, enjoying being the first point of contact for the Rockhampton Centre and feeling proud to work with such invaluable staff helping our rural and regional communities.

Raelene Ensby

Raelene Ensby

Senior Community Engagement Officer

Raelene Ensby is almost a local living in Rockhampton for 15 years.  Raelene is a strong advocate for families and encourages them to Empower themselves to support not only the family, the special needs child but themselves in their journey.

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.

Linda Agyei-Yeboah

Linda Agyei-Yeboah

Speech-Language Pathologist

Linda is a recent graduate having recently completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Class 1 Honours) with the University of Queensland.  Linda completed her clinical placements in paediatrics at UQ Health and Rehabilitation Centre, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.  Linda spent most of her childhood in regional Queensland and understands the difficulties families face in accessing health care services.  Linda is passionate about delivering quality and evidence-based services for children and families as well as to make long term improvements to children’s lives.

Tabina Russell

Tabina Russell

Social Worker

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the Central Queensland BUSHkids team and to be located in Rockhampton. I am excited to work with and learn about the unique strengths and resiliencies of children and families in Central Queensland. I passionately believe that diversity enriches society and I am committed to continuous learning about inclusive service provision.

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.

Ella Hurley

Ella Hurley

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am very excited to be working for BUSHkids as an Early Childhood Facilitator as I have a passion for working with children and families with disabilities in helping them live their life to their full potential. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to work in a field that I am passionate about and cant wait to support and connect families and the community with BUSHkids services.

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.

Tania Frew

Tania Frew

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am delighted to have joined the wonderful team at BUSHkids. I’ve worked in the disability sector for over 25 years, working in education, providing community supports and most recently as a member of therapy service team at Disability Services.

This experience has enabled me to develop knowledge and experience in therapy specific services, advocacy facilitation, service delivery and community engagement. I am looking forward to working alongside families to assist in their NDIA journey and to help their child to achieve their goals and provide support to meet their potential.

Melinda Backlund

Melinda Backlund

Early Intervention Facilitator

I am excited to be working as an Early Intervention Facilitator with BUSHkids Rockhampton. I am originally from Brisbane but have been living and working in Rockhampton for almost 9 years. I have been involved in the Early Education sector for approximately 17 years, and have been fortunate enough to work with children in families from the Northern Territory to North Queensland.  I am looking forward to working with children with disabilities and their families in their NDIS journey to enrich their lives.

Susan Everett

Susan Everett

Social Worker

I have completed a Bachelor of Social Work and have been working within the disability sector for the past 17 years in varying roles. I enjoy working with children, individuals and families to empower and support them to meet their goals, in turn creating change for their future. I am excited to be part of an agency that genuinely care for children and their families and work to support their development.

Belinda Malone

Belinda Malone

Early Intervention Facilitator

I was born and raised in Rockhampton. My work history is in Administration and more recently Early Childhood. I have lived overseas for 8 years, completing a Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce in the UK where I utilised this qualification in working with an Early Childhood service and public schooling for over 5 years. I am looking forward to working with the team at BUSHkids Rockhampton and the opportunity to provide support to children and families throughout their NDIS journey.