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 Jo and Karla, 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 and Triage
Karla initially joined WHWS in 2016 and, after a short hiatus, rejoins the team in 2021. When she is not at the front desk welcoming our clients, Karla conducts triages to ensure our clients are supported and their needs appropriately met.
Outside of work, Karla is studying to obtain a Bachelor of Psychology degree. When she has spare time, Karla enjoys watercolour painting, cooking and gaming with her family.
Jo joined the WHWS Admin team in 2021. She is currently studying a bachelor of psychology and hopes to one day work with children.
She is passionate about building a supportive WHWS community and making sure clients feel welcome, informed, and empowered. From the South West originally, she has family spread out from Perth to the Great Southern region and likes to travel and visit friends and family’s farms in her spare time. She also likes to go for walks in nature and read or listen to a podcast with a good coffee.
Community Engagement & Online Learning Coordinator
Kate has been working with WHWS since 2016 and loves getting involved with the community.
Kate is a parent of 2 primary school aged kids, so has a real passion for supporting parents in the early stages of the parenthood ride and remembers clearly what sleep deprivation is like!
Through our online learning programs and events, Kate aims to introduce the community to the great information available through WHWS, that can support people in many aspects of their life.
Community Engagement Officer
LLB, Grad Dip in Legal Practice, Grad Dip in Family Dispute Resolution, Dip of Holistic Counselling, Cert in Artistic Therapies, Cert in Children Adolescent and Family Studies.
Tara is passionate about empowering women through knowledge, career development and relationship skills. She has a background working as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Lawyer advocating for women in family law, child support and tenancy matters. Outside of work Tara dedicates a large portion of time to taking pictures of her cat and is a travel-oholic. She has been to 44 countries and hopes to eat her way through Vietnam post COVID.
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
Sakina is a registered psychologist who enjoys working with people to promote self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Sakina values a collaborative therapeutic approach, providing clients with the space to explore possibilities and ideas through non-judgmental dialogue.
In her spare time, she enjoys picking up new hobbies. Along with macrame and rock climbing, Sakina is also learning to play the ukulele and can perform one song on request.
BSocSc, BSocSc (Hons), BA (Hons) in Psychology
Mike is a registered psychologist with experience in running therapeutic groups, and one on one therapy. He is trained in Schema therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Strengths based approaches, and has some experience in EMDR. Mike considers his style integrative; melding multiple traditional approaches with metaphor and analogies, and a touch of irreverence.
Mike believes in breaking stereotypes as much as possible. He is a father, husband, son, and grandson; is a member of a social motorcycle group dedicated to putting a smile on children’s faces; and is a self-described “geek”. This geekery has been applied to psychological principles, his environment, and makes up a large proportion of his downtime.
BPsych, Grad Cert Forensic Psych
Claire is a registered psychologist who has been working in the trauma field for the last seven years. Her area of expertise is teaching others to regulate and develop a language regarding their internal experiences using bottom-up processes that increases capacity to cope. Claire likes to work within a strengths-based model using a client’s innate strengths to increase their resilience and engagement.
Claire loves reading, podcasts, crochet, and has a large array of animals including geese, alpacas, emus, horses and chooks to name a few.
Business Development & Grants Officer
Jane is a new recruit to the WHWS team in 2021 in the Business Development and Grants role with a wealth of diverse experiences, from co-ordinating tenders and building spreadsheet for engineering firms to creative life drawing champion to community broadcasting volunteer and wardrobe raconteur. She uses all that experiences along with her super-power of being able to talk to anyone, to help widen and focus the ways in which WHWS does business. She is easy to spot in a crowd and is always happy to talk about anything.
BSocSc, BSocSc (Hons), BA (Hons) in Psychology
Margaret is a recent Psychology graduate with a wealth of diverse experience working with children and families to build strong relationships. Margaret enthusiastically shares scientific knowledge about development across the lifespan in an easy to understand and interesting way. She is passionate about using evidence-based practice to approach challenges from a strength-based perspective to teach others practical solutions to empower them, in a non-judgemental manner.
Margaret embraces being fierce and compassionate and has been described as radically different in the best possible way. Margaret is a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend who cherishes the relationships with the important people in her life. She enjoys travelling and the adventures that new experiences bring. Margaret values creativity, being inventive and learning new techniques to indulge her creative outlets.
Parenting Group Facilitator
I am a new member of the team here. I am an Occupational Therapist and Midwife with a Masters in Women’s Health. I am developing a 4th trimester, preparation for parenthood course for the service. My passion is women’s mental health especially around the perinatal period. In my spare time I enjoy music, reading and hanging out with my kids.
BOARD MEMBERS 2020-2021
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.
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.
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.
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 Women and Newborn Health Service within Corporate and Executive Services as a Senior Project Officer.
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”.
Marta has completed a bachelor in psychology and criminology and is currently completing her Diploma in Counselling while working as a Mental health support worker.
Marta's has valuable experience in assisting youth overcome adversities as well as the unemployed. She has experience managing a team, providing training, support and crisis intervention.
Marta also has valuable personal experience with many issues confronting women today including returning to work, managing a disability and being a single parent.
Marta's aim is to continue the great work at the organisation and create further opportunities for women to grow, be heard and overcome their challenges.