The Rural in Reach team are:
- Professional counselling and health promotion staff with extensive training and experience.
- From a variety of backgrounds, including social work, psychology, family therapy, nursing, community development and health promotion.
- Specialists in women’s health, alcohol and other drug use, mental health, trauma, family and domestic violence.
Nicole (Program Coordinator and Social Worker)
Before moving to the metro area five years ago, I lived in the South West & I worked in various jobs: vineyards, hospitality and retail. Until I started studying as a mature age student. First Community Service: Youth Work & then went on to study Social Work specialising in regional, rural and remote areas at Edith Cowan University, South West campus. Over the last decade, I have found that this knowledge of living in rural areas has helped immensely in supporting people who live in rural WA. My main experience has been in the area of trauma from life challenges like separation, moving house, jobs as well as grief & loss through to childhood abuse & family & domestic violence. I have supported people from children as young as 5 years old through to older working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing life challenges through to trauma. Previous to becoming the Co-ordinator of Rural in Reach, I was a social worker at South West Aboriginal Medical Service. I am currently studying Somatic Experiencing which will specialising in working with people in healing the whole person (mental, emotional & physical) from trauma.
Meaghan (Rural Services, Health Consultant)
Over the past 7 years I have worked with children and families and hold a Diploma of Children’s services. I have mostly worked with children under the age of 3, in a number of children’s services where I was able to plan and implement daily programs to promote the development and learning needs of each individual. Before beginning at Womens Health and Family Services, I began studying a Bachelor of Social work at ECU, South West Campus, where I have recently completed my degree. I was able to complete one of my required Social Work placements with Nicole in the Rural in Reach program. This placement helped to build my knowledge of rural health provision and I was fortunate enough to transition into a Rural Services Health Consultant role. Within this role, I hope to continue to provide support to those experiencing life challenges in rural and remote settings.
Ollie (Rural Services, Administrator)
When I returned to work earlier this year, daunting as it was, I felt welcomed into a team of extremely passionate people. It has been my privilege to provide administrative backup for this team in their quest to improve the provision of health & well-being support to the regional areas of WA.
My employment background has been in the field of Training and Health organizations. Before that I worked with children, families and school environments around managing the effects of Autism, which I found to be a very rewarding experience. Recently I had the opportunity to complete the Rural in Reach Community Mental Health 1st Response Training Package and I feel that I will continue to develop personally and professionally during my time with WHFS.
Jo (Rural Services, Health Consultant)
I have just starting working in Rural in Reach and this is a different way of doing what I have been for a long time. I have post graduate qualifications in health and have been working in the area of alcohol and drugs and mental health for thirty years. I have worked in many roles delivering health services as a counsellor, a prevention educator, and as a manager in an array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and community health agencies. My experience has been working with a diverse range of clients and their complex challenges including supporting people with the co- occurring issues such as substance misuse and mental health illness. Other specific areas of interest include Hoarding Disorder, trauma, and gender issues. I am committed to contributing to Best Practice in the delivery of health services to women and their families and use a range of approaches including motivational interviewing, narrative therapy and gender transformative and family informed practices.