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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

Susan has more than 25 years’ experience working in and leading allied health teams. Susan has worked in government, non-government and private sector settings in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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

Susan joined BUSHkids, a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in providing free preventative and early intervention allied healthcare to children living in regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland as Clinical Services Manager in 2013. Since then Susan has worked as a key member of BUSHkids leadership team as the organisation that has served rural Queenslanders for more than 80 years  has grown and expanded to meet the needs of children and families across Queensland.

Susan firmly believes 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.

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.”

Helen Casey

Helen Casey

Service Manager – Children’s Allied Health (DET)

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.

Janine Kemp

Janine Kemp

Professional Lead – Family Health Support Worker

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

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

Lindy Thornthwaite

Lindy Thornthwaite

Professional Supervisor – Early Intervention Facilitators

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

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

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

Kaitlin Hinchliffe

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.

Wendi Hoobin

Wendi Hoobin

Accounts Assistant – Accounts Payable

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

Tracey McGarrigal

Tracey McGarrigal

HR Administration Officer

Having worked extensively with Education Queensland in both Teacher Aide and Administration positions, I have empowered children to grow and become inspired adults. I feel very privileged to be working with BUSHkids.  I am excited to be joining a team of passionate and caring people who work tirelessly to support families and children to reach their full potential.

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

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.

Hannah Phillips

Hannah Phillips

Service Innovation Coordinator

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

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.

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.

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.

Hayley Watson

Hayley Watson

Speech Pathologist

Carly Genrich

Carly Genrich

Family Health Support Worker

Nicole Horchner

Nicole Horchner

Administration Officer

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

Julie Rathmell

Julie Rathmell

Family Health Support Worker 

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

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

Katherine West

Katherine West

Occupational Therapist 

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

Reegan Phillott

Reegan Phillott

Speech Pathologist

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

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

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor

Service Manager – DSS

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.

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!

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.

Kim Buttsworth

Kim Buttsworth

Administration Officer

I have completed a Diploma in Early Child Care, working across several areas such as Family Day Care and the local primary school.  While working in Family Day Care, I was able to attend networking meeting with BUSHkids and utilise some of their programs supporting our families.  It is really satisfying to join a team who bring joy and solutions to families just by the giving of their time and happy faces!

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.

Christy Brownlie

Christy Brownlie

Occupational Therapist

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 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 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.

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.

Melissa Draper

Melissa Draper

Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth Rolph

Elizabeth Rolph

Early Intervention Facilitator

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.

Amy Collins

Amy Collins

Early Intervention Facilitator / Regional Trainer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Camellia Griffin

Camellia Griffin

Speech Pathologist

 

Emily Zunker

Emily Zunker

Speech 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.

Alexandra Allbon

Alexandra Allbon

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Danae 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.

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.

Casey McCool

Casey McCool

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Melissa James

Melissa James

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

I have settled into life in Bundaberg, loving the weather and lifestyle. 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.

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.

Stephanie Harding

Stephanie Harding

Speech 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.

Jessica Hosker

Jessica Hosker

Early Intervention Facilitator 

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

Amanda Dollery

Amanda Dollery

Early Intervention Facilitator 

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

Roselyn Lisle

Roselyn Lisle

Early Intervention Facilitator

Jasmin Kardum-Quill

Jasmin Kardum-Quill

Early Intervention Facilitator

Kay Woods

Kay Woods

Service Manager – ECEI 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.

Sandra Bourke

Sandra Bourke

Administration Officer

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.

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.

Rachael Gillen

Rachael Gillen

Early Intervention Facilitator

I grew up in Hervey Bay, have worked extensively with people who have disabilities, and young people who are disengaged or disadvantaged. I have a passion for working with people and assisting them in working towards their potential.  I believe BUSHkids values align with my own and look forward to assisting the people I meet at BUSHkids in working towards their goals.

Cassandra Scott

Cassandra Scott

Speech Pathologist

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

Monica Dyball

Monica Dyball

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Neswaya Little

Neswaya Little

Early Intervention Facilitator

Danielle Cassidy

Danielle Cassidy

Team Leader

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

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

Helen Dimond

Helen Dimond

Professional Lead – Speech 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!

Leah Fesuk

Leah Fesuk

Professional Lead – Physiotherapist

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

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.

Dustie Moulden

Dustie Moulden

Office Manager

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

Senior Coordinator

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.

Kristy Howell

Kristy Howell

Senior Coordinator

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.

Sarah Toigo

Sarah Toigo

Administration Officer

I have completed a Diploma of Management (Health Based) and have just finished working as a Practice Manager for Queensland Health, traveling to rural communities to work with adults and children, helping them to access dental care.  I am an extremely active, healthy focused person and am proud of what I have achieved throughout my career so far.

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.

Erin Hawkins

Erin Hawkins

Speech Pathologist

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.

Tracy Ewart

Tracy Ewart

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Sally Overs

Sally Overs

Early Intervention Facilitator

Paula Garces-Cuesta

Paula Garces-Cuesta

Early Intervention Facilitator

Lisa Halloran

Lisa Halloran

Early Intervention Facilitator

Renee Day

Renee Day

Early Intervention Facilitator

Amy Donnelly

Amy Donnelly

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have been employed in a variety of positions within the Early Education sector including management roles and have both strong knowledge and experience in child development, families and early intervention services. I love to work with children and families helping them to thrive.  Personally, I am a married mother of three children, a compassionate, positive person who believes that the glass is half full, and that great things can be achieved when people are empowered and supported.

Rachel Patchett

Rachel Patchett

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

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

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

Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Early Intervention Facilitator

My family and I moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast two years ago to be closer to family.

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

Julianne Miller

Julianne Miller

Early Intervention Facilitator

I have a long standing history of working within the Community Services Sector and enjoy helping families. Working with BUSHkids has given me an opportunity to work beside families to provide them the best supports for their children. I am very passionate about working with families.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler

Early Intervention Facilitator

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

Allycia Staples

Allycia Staples

Resource Assistant

Shari Guinea

Shari Guinea

Team Leader

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.

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.

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.

Sallie Clare

Sallie Clare

Early Intervention Facilitator

Jessamy Routley

Jessamy Routley

Speech Pathologist

I grew up in regional and rural towns all around Queensland, having completed my Bachelor of Speech Pathology, I am excited to be able to provide these communities with the services I know they need.  The family-centred, team-based approach that BUSHkids strives for appealed to me, as did the early-intervention approach as a whole. Evidence and personal experience has shown that this is the best approach to take in order to make a lasting difference in a child’s life.

Jaynet Jenkins

Jaynet Jenkins

Early Intervention Facilitator

Vanessa Paviour

Vanessa Paviour

Early Intervention Facilitator