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 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 with Lauren 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.
Triage & Client Support
Qualifications etc – Diploma of Counselling and Communication.
Other certs but probably not relevant to my role, it’s more PD stuff.
Lauren has been involved in mental health for 10 years in a variety of ways including Kids Helpline and mentor programs with newly arrived refugees (UK), crisis counselling at Lifeline and community engagement with Indigenous youth in remote Western Australia. Maternal mental health and wellbeing play a big part in Lauren’s yoga teaching.
Having two young children, chickens and studying nursing doesn’t leave a lot of spare time but when there is some it’s spent gardening or with other mum-mates drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Community Engagement Officer
Kate has been at Women’s Health since 2016 and is passionate about supporting new parents in the early stages of finding your feet as a parent.
She also loves getting involved in the community and getting out and meeting with new people and organisations who can assist our clients.
Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time with her family, reading and spending too much time Netflixing. So much so that she is also the voice behind our WHWS Netflix group on Facebook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.