MEET OUR TEAM
Certificate IV Business and Workplace Coaching
Advanced Diploma of Management
Masters Health Promotion
Grad Dip Health Promotion
Finalist Telstra Business Women's Award:
White Pages Community and Government Award
Marie Claire Young Business Women's Award
Australian Institute of Management - Fellow.
Emma has worked at WHWS in a number of roles since 2003 and has been in her current role since 2008.
Emma is a passionate advocate for women in business, women's wellness, mental health, leadership and balance. As well as being CEO of WHWS Emma is an author, speaker, business, NPO and life coach, wife and mother.
Operations & Finance
Master of Business Economics (Adv)
Diploma of Accounting
I have joined WHWS in July 2015 in a capacity of a bookkeeper. In early 2016 another role was added to my job description.
Wearing two hats now of Operations Manager and the Official “Number Cruncher”, I contribute to the success of Women’s Health & Wellbeing Services behind the scenes.
In my free time (what’s that?) I enjoy reading, gardening, boating and just hanging out with my family.
Therapeutic Manager & Senior Therapist
Therapeutic Manager and Clinical Counsellor
BA Applied Psychology & BA Counselling
Cindy has worked with Women, couples and their families, as well as managed the therapeutic team for ten years. She has specialised in supporting parents and their children in developing secure relationships. She brings compassion and warmth in her work in helping individuals and families develop an understanding of their emotional world and successfully navigate their struggles using a wide range of evidence-based interventions to enable them to enjoy connection and life.
Hannah has been working at WHWS since 2010 in full time role as administration coordinator. Together with Kate and Ashlee, Hannah is the face of our organization. Hannah is the welcoming smile at reception, and she specializes in making our clients feel relaxed and welcome. Hannah’s interests are spending time with her dogs, playing softball and travelling.
Administration & Marketing
Kate has been working at WHWS for 2 years in a part time role as administration assistant. Together with Hannah and Ashlee, Kate is the face of our organization. Kate is the welcoming smile at reception, and she specializes in making our clients feel relaxed and welcome. Kate’s interests are spending time with her family and reading books.
MPsych (Counselling Psychology), BA(Psych)Hons, BHlthSc (Health Promotion)
Melanie is a counselling psychologist by trade but has made the move to a more diverse role at WHWS. She currently runs groups including Circle of Security Parenting, and presents weekly live streams on various mental health topics. She is involved in grant writing, business development and in presenting workshops and talks in the local and professional community. Melanie will be coordinating the WHWS podcast, interviewing women from all walks of life who are willing to share their stories of hope, resilience and womanhood.
Melanie has nearly completed a Graduate Diploma in Sexology and has presented talks for parents on talking to their children and teens about sex. In her spare time she writes about sex and pleasure, and has had articles published on various sexological topics.
Health Promotion Officer
Bachelor of Social Science (Leisure Science)
Janet has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the community in the fields of sports management, recreation and community health. She has a flair for organising programs and events. She is passionate about connecting people and building collaborative relationships between community organisations. Janet is a competent public speaker and small group facilitator who enjoys adding an element of fun to her presentations.
Janet strongly values the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community. She is a self-confessed health freak who loves spending time outdoors, practising yoga and eating nutritious food. She is a wife and mother of two who has learnt the value of making time for self-care and thrives on opportunities for personal growth and development.
As part-time Health Promotion Officer at Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services, Janet:
presents health and wellbeing talks in the SE metro community
sets up information displays at festivals, expos and forums
coordinates health promotion workshops and outreach services
creates partnerships with local government, schools, community organisations and businesses
Triage & Client Support
Lauren joined the WHWS team in January 2019 as our triage officer and client support. She has a background as a registered nurse and is currently in the final stages of completing her social work degree.
Lauren is passionate about understanding each client’s individual needs and linking them with services within our organisation and services in the community to enhance wellbeing.
In her spare time she loves to bake sweet treats, spend time at the beach with her family and practice yoga.
Counselling Psychologist (registrar)
BSc (Psych) Honours, Grad Dip Ed (Primary), MPsych (Counselling Psychology)
Lana is a registered psychologist who provides evidence-based psychological care to individuals across the lifespan. Her approach as a therapist is warm, empathetic and collaborative. Lana’s therapeutic work is strengths-based and person-centered. Lana views therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client and focuses on utilizing and enhancing the client’s own strengths and resources to achieve their goals. Her previous work as a primary school teacher enables Lana to quickly develop a rapport with children and work with them and their family to achieve positive outcomes.
Lana works with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of issues including; Depression and anxiety, Grief and loss, Parenting, Relationship difficulties, Behavioural difficulties, Trauma, Stress, Personal development and life transitions
Lana is experienced in several therapeutic techniques which are utilized according to the client and their needs. These include; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Existential therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and attachment theory.
BSc Hons (Psych), M Psych (Counselling).
Denise is a Counselling Psychologist who has worked with individuals, couples and groups. She has a special interest in working with anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and workplace difficulties. Denise uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques depending on the needs of the individual client. She feels strongly that the counselling experience should be a safe and supporting environment.
B.Psych., PostGradDip. Forensic Sexology, M. Psych
Bree is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with adults and children.
She has a special interest in working with couples and individuals regarding relationship issues and sexuality.
Other interests include helping people incorporate mindfulness creativity and self-compassion in their everyday life.
In her spare time Bree enjoys recharging in nature, making music and attempting to stay balanced by practicing what she preaches
BA (Psychology); Grad Dip (Education); MCouns
Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy; Grad Cert (Developmental Trauma)
Clinical Member: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Carley is a clinically registered counsellor who works with children, young people and their families, providing child centred and developmentally responsive counselling for children aged 3 years and upwards. She also provides individual counselling for adults and professional supervision for people working in the community services sector.
Carley works from a humanistic perspective, honouring the experiences and the wisdom that each person brings to their individual therapy space. Theoretically, she is an integrative counsellor, drawing on practices and techniques from therapeutic approaches including Child Centred Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Existential therapy and understanding the neurobiology of complex trauma.
Carley works with each person to build a therapeutic relationship of safety and trust – for children and adults alike – to promote healing, growth, and to support ‘whole person’ health. She has supported people of all ages who have experienced significant life changes, chronic stress, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.
Outside of work, Carley loves family time, coffee with anything chocolatey and dabbling in the colourful art of crochet.
“Person-centred and trauma-informed perspectives encapsulate my professional work, and I value working alongside and strengthening people’s own skills as they make sustained, positive change within their lives. I work from a foundation of my Social Work Bachelor degree with added flavour of different therapeutic styles including cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and narrative work and aim to explore with clients, what approach resonates most for them.
I have flexible and creative ways of working with varied environments, roles and client groups, developed throughout my time working in the remote East Kimberley region the last few years. I have a varied repertoire of skills and experience including working with survivors of domestic violence; supporting mild and moderate mental health issues; sexual abuse survivors and compounding and complex trauma experiences and issues.
Alongside enjoying seeing change in people’s lives I enjoy being outdoors, having a good belly laugh and am a big fan of dogs, so please feel free to bring any photos of your dogs to our therapy sessions.”
BOARD MEMBERS 2019-2020
Kim is mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience and is passionate about women’s health; specialities include Perinatal Mental Health; Suicide Intervention and Early intervention and Education in Mental health.
Kim has been a member of the board since 2014 she has worked in the not for profit, government and university settings, she is currently works in the government health sector.
BSc (Nursing); Hospital Based Dip (Mental Health Nursing); Cert IV in Frontline Management; Cert IV in Project Management; Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Primary and Community Nurse of the Year Award 2011
Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards
Finalist Mental Health Good Outcomes Award 2011
Early Intervention and Prevention category
Mental Health Good Outcomes Award 2009
Mental Health Research and Education category
Rhonda joins our Board as a recently retired Senior Manager from the Department of Human Services after 40 years of public service. Rhonda has extensive service delivery experience and effective operational expertise commencing on the front desk providing great customer service to the public and worked in various positions in operations, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Call centres, Outreach Servicing in remote communities national projects in Service Delivery Reform and predominately managing a broad network of service centres throughout Western Australia.
Rhonda is passionate in providing the best possible outcomes to the people in our community, and more specifically to our vulnerable who experience barriers in accessing government services for better health and welfare outcomes and support navigating their way through the Government system. Rhonda has built great relationships with Providers, Local and State Government departments along with Not for Profit service organisations to enable a connected and Coordinated approach in resolving community needs.
Rhonda is passionate in commencing her role as a Board Member with Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services to support our team in providing the best possible outcomes for the community. Rhonda has supported sporting clubs over the years in the roles Of Teams Manager, Treasurer and has also been a Chairperson on a board for her children’s Childcare Centre some years back.
Pip has worked in the health sector for the last 19 years. Inspired by her own experiences of the opaque maternity care system, Pip started her consumer representative journey in the maternity sector, campaigning for clearer information for women to make informed choices in childbirth.
She began her paid health career as an Advocate working at the Health Consumers’ Council from 2006. She moved to the Office of Health Review (now the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office) in 2007 and took up a position as a Conciliator of Health Complaints. From 2010 to 2013 Pip took on the role of managing Community Midwifery WA (now The Bump WA). In 2012 Community Midwifery WA moved to outcomes based contracting, which ultimately sparked an interest in Pip to be part of the bigger picture of supporting the introduction of outcomes based contracting in health.
In November 2013 Pip took up a contractual position with the WA Council of Social Service to work on the Towards Better Health Outcomes Project to support contracting reform in the health sector. In 2015 Pip returned to HCC, this time as Executive Director. This role at HCC offered a wonderful homecoming for Pip in the organisation that provided her first professional opportunity in the health sector and a chance to utilise community service organisation management, outcomes based contracting, advocacy and consumer representation skills to continue the work of this unique and important organisation.
Pip joined the Board of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services in 2014
Quals - GAICD, MBA (with distinction), M.Sports Physio, BSc (Physio)
Board role - Member
Committees - Finance and Risk Management Committee
Amanda is a risk professional working as a Manager in Risk Advisory and Internal Audit (Operational Risk) at Deloitte. She has over 20 years industry experience spanning public, private and not-for-profit healthcare organisations. In addition to her clinical experience as a Physiotherapist, Amanda has held Management roles encompassing: contract and tender bid management, health, safety and wellness management, stakeholder management, quality assurance, risk management, and marketing and brand management.
Amanda joined the WHWS Board in 2016 with an interest in Mental Health Service awareness, and accessibility, in WA.
Jaimee's background involves working clinically as a registered nurse within the public sector. Although at the beginning of her career, she also has experience working clinically in community health within the W.A. Country Health Service and the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service throughout her studies.
She regularly volunteers with other not-for-profit organisations that aim to improve health service delivery and health outcomes in remote communities and rural populations. She is passionate about promoting and facilitating access to appropriate services to improve health outcomes for vulnerable women and their families.
Jaimee joined the WHWS board in 2019 with the aim to help represent the younger generation of women in the community, as well as learn from the extensive knowledge and expertise of fellow members and employees in the successful operation of WHWS.
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Curtin University in the fields of Health Sciences and Public Health, Courtney was accepted into the WA Department of Health Graduate Development Program. This provided Courtney with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the Public Health system and enhance her leadership skills through the completion of a Diploma of Management and continued participation as a peer mentor.
Courtney worked for the South Metropolitan Health Service for five years in a range of project management positions which further developed her skills in project management, stakeholder relationships and strengthened the importance of teamwork and partnerships with the community. Courtney recently joined the Child and Adolescent Health Service within the Office of Operations.
Courtney has a strong interest in Women’s health across the spectrum from primary health through to acute care services and is an active volunteer within the NFP sector focusing on the health and wellbeing of women.
Nadia has over 25 years executive level administration experience within the safety, real estate franchising and contract mining industries.
The past 15 years has seen Nadia move from the commercial space into the not for profit aged care sector. This has generated a passion for the health, wellbeing, governance and integrity of service delivery to the elderly. This interest aligns with women’s health, LGBTIQ and aboriginal health issues and how society manages their welfare and at the same time continues to value them as they age.
Melissa brings extensive community and family experience from her background as a teacher in the public education system. Within the public education sector she has taken on numerous social and community well being roles as well as training to support and understand the hardships faced by families from low socio economic backgrounds. Melissa is passionate about breaking cycles of generational poverty and applying research backed programs within a sustainable framework.Having been a Gosnells resident for almost a decade, she is excited to be supporting her community through her work with WHWS.
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Certificate II in Auslan
Leanne is a proud Nyoongar yorga from Binjarep country in the south west of Western Australia. She and her husband have a large family sharing six children and 19 grandchildren – so far. Coming from a long line of strong Aboriginal women, family and culture are important to her and one of her greatest joys is teaching her grandchildren Nyoongar ways of being and seeing her children pass down knowledge and practices which they learned from their parents and Elders. Leanne’s Mother is her greatest role-model.
Leanne has a Bachelor of Social Science and has worked in Health, Education and Aged Care for over 25 years, 13 of them as Aboriginal Program Officer at BreastScreen WA focussing on Aboriginal breast cancer and screening. Currently working as Senior Program Officer with Aboriginal Health Strategy at South Metropolitan Health Service, she is passionate about Aboriginal health, especially Aboriginal women’s health and all cancers. She is the current Chair of the WA Cancer Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Group.
Leanne has presented at many conferences and delivered cross-cultural awareness training to health services. She was won several awards but her most important one is written on her coffee cups – “World’s Best Nanna”.