Advisory boards

The School of Health and Social Development benefits from the support of several advisory boards that all contribute to the relevance and currency of our courses and the success of our graduates.

Bringing together representatives from organisations and professions that employ our graduates, our external members provide up to date and experienced guidance on our programs.

Occupational Therapy Advisory Board

Industry members

Ms Sue Rowan

Chief Occupational Therapist, Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health

Sue Rowan commenced her Occupational Therapy career in 1982. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters in Health Administration. She has clinical experience in mental health, acute, subacute and community health, and worked in roles in education and project management. However, her primary role has been as a manager, working in public health facilities in regional Victoria and in the USA.

Sue commenced as Manager of Occupational Therapy at Barwon Health in 1999 and has been a member of the Deakin University Occupational Therapy Advisory Board since its inception. Sue’s interest is in health management and education and she has published and presented research on these topics at a number of conferences.

Ms Susan Giles

Western Health

Susan has had over 40 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist, including 25 years in Health Services management. With post-graduate qualifications in business, and a strong commitment to public health, she is currently the Manager of Occupational Therapy at Western Health, a large multi-site metropolitan health service located in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

She has significant experience with Boards, having been a lead member of various community agency bodies, and actively involved in Occupational Therapy Australia, including a long period as Chair of the Victorian Divisional Council, and ongoing membership of the Victorian Workforce and Professional Issues Committee.

In her current role, she has a major focus on the development of roles, competencies, governance, including undergraduate and post graduate education, and culture necessary for the sustained delivery of unique, robust Occupational Therapy practice.

Ms Victoria Leckey

Occupational Therapist, TAC

Victoria graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1984 and has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the area of Neurological and Multi-trauma rehabilitation over the ensuing 35 years, with particular interest in traumatic brain injury. Victoria's experience has been gained within leading rehabilitation facilities in Australia and overseas, including Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre in Oxford, England, where she was involved in published clinical research on the reliability of The Barthel ADL Index. Victoria completed a Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences through Latrobe University in 1994, has held Senior Clinician roles within specialist rehabilitation facilities and has been involved in developing and delivering continuing education programs for clinicians working in the area of community rehabilitation.

In addition to providing clinical services to community-based clients, Victoria is a Clinical Consultant Occupational Therapist with TAC and Worksafe and has a particular interest in achieving robust and sustainable independence and quality of life outcomes for severely injured clients and their families.

Michael Henry

Occupational Therapist, La Trobe Community Health Services

Michael Henry has been a member of the Deakin OT advisory board since his transition from student years into professional life in 2014/15. He has worked in a number of different OT roles including acute and sub-acute, physical and occupational rehabilitation, hand therapy, paediatrics, the NDIS He has also worked as an Occupational Therapist in the United Kingdom.

In addition to his participation on the Advisory Board, Michael supervises Honours students at Deakin, assisting students with their growth, learning and development by helping them identify what is meaningful and important to them.

Jessica Cauchi

Occupational Therapist, DPV Health

Helen Larkin

Occupational Therapist

Helen has forty years experience as an occupational therapist in the health and disability sector in service delivery, management and research. She came to Deakin in 2005 as a Lecturer and then as Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development. Her specific research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning; specifically curriculum development and review, reflective practice, work integrated learning and inter-professional education. In her time at Deakin she was recognised as a teaching and learning mentor by colleagues and contributed to the building of teaching and learning capacity within the occupational therapy program, the School and the university more broadly. Her work has been recognised through numerous teaching awards including two national teaching awards. She currently holds a position as Honorary Fellow at Deakin University.

Deakin members

Name
Chair in Epidemiology
Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett
Associate head of School
Teaching and Learning
Assoc. Prof Lynne Adamson
Course Director
Occupational Therapy
Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin
Personal Chair
Professor Karen Stagnitti
Deputy Head of School
Teaching and Learning
Assoc Prof Lisa Hanna

Student representative

Name
Student, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Mr Dean Clifford

Social Work Advisory Board

Industry members

Ms Karen Todd (Chair)

Manager, Social Work, Barwon Health

Karen has worked at Barwon Health since 2003 in a number of roles, initially as a clinical Social Worker and now as the Manager of the Social Work Dept. She worked with the Regional Integrated Cancer Service with local/regional cancer support groups and on another occasion as Barwon Health's Manager of Volunteers and Community Participation; establishing a platform within Barwon Health for consumer participation.

Her professional life prior to joining Barwon Health was as Manager of Social Work at the Austin Health, Coordinator of the Living With Cancer Education Program with the Cancer Council of Victoria and prior as a clinical Social Worker at the then Repatriation Hospital.

Her clinical areas of interest have been in working with people with cancer and their families. Karen has professional management qualifications with a Masters in Human Service Management (Social Work) and has gained practical leadership experience through her various roles.  She worked as the Senior Social Work clinician in cancer & acute medical/surgical services, at Barwon health for 10+ years leading the acute Social Work team.

A founding member of Oncology Social Work Australia, 2007 to present and a long term member of Cancer Social Work Victoria AASW (1996 to today), chair of Barwon Health’s Vulnerable Children Advisory Group,  member of the Family Violence task force, member of Barwon Health Aboriginal Advisory Gathering, a current member of the Health Directors of Social Work Group (AASW) and long term member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, 1990 to present. Karen has been working as a Social Worker for 27 years.

Ms Genevieve Walker

Recruitment, Strategy and Engagement, Department of Health and Human Services

Ms Quynh Trieu

Recruitment, Strategy & Engagement, Department of Human Services

Ms Jess Boccia

Jess graduated as a social worker from Deakin University in 2006. Since then she has worked in a range of roles to respond to and prevent violence against women. This has included case management within a high security refuge, health promotion around gender equity, sexual assault and family violence counselling, prevention work with schools and working at Women with Disabilities Victoria on their Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program. Jess also has significant experience around training and capacity building to address violence against women which she utilises in her current role as a trainer in both response to and prevention of family violence at Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. Jess is passionate about social justice and human rights, remaining actively involved in community advocacy and volunteering around a variety of issues including gender equity and climate change.

Deakin members

Name
Chair in Epidemiology
Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett
Discipline Leader, Social Work
Associate Professor Beth Crisp
Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Social Work
Dr Norah Hosken 
Co-ordinator, Master of Social Work
Dr Kim Robinson
Lecturer, Politics and Policy Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Amy Nethery
Politics and Policy Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Peter Ferguson
Institute of Koorie Education
Jamie Anderson
Institute of Koorie Education
Jodie Satour

Student representatives

Name
Master of Social Work
Margo MacGregor 
Master of Social Work
Andrea McKenna
Bachelor of Social Work (Cloud student)
Lauren Hustwaite

Health Sciences Advisory Board

Industry members

Ms Jo Hopkins (CHAIR)

Manager Strategic Partnerships, Visitor Engagement and Conservation, Parks Victoria

Jo Hopkins is the Manager of National and International Engagement at Parks Victoria, being responsible for the management of high level partnerships that deliver on Government policy and facilitates initiatives with mutually beneficial outcomes between partners.

Jo has a combination of substantial professional experience and a strong commitment to the vital role that ‘nature’ plays in ensuring the health and wellbeing of people and communities.

In addition to her role as Chair of Health Sciences Advisory Board for Deakin University, Jo is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. With experience in establishing two start-up not-for-profit organisations, Jo has a proven track record with ensuring good governance, developing policy and proactive communications with membership.

Mr Paul Murfitt

Director, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Dr Sue Rosenhain

Health Promotion Coordinator, Women's Health East, Together for Equality and Respect

Dr. Sue Rosenhain is the Health Promotion Manager at Women’s Health East. She has a background in physiotherapy and health promotion, holding a PhD, Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Health Education. Sue has worked in a range of health and community service settings which have enabled her to pursue roles that reflect a social model of health, contribute to reducing inequities, promote continuous quality improvement and involve community and other stakeholders in decision making.

The majority of Sue’s work has been in the community sector in Victoria but she has also worked in NT, ACT, QLD and Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Dr Mark Sullivan

Managing Director, Founder, Medicines Development for Global Health

Mark is the Founder and Managing Director of Medicines Development for Global Health, a biopharmaceutical social enterprise focussing on developing and delivering medicines for diseases of low and middle income countries.

Mark’s key career highlights include 12 years executive management, Advisory Board and Board of Directors experience in biotechnology and 28 years experience in clinical development within biotechnology, large pharmaceutical, contract services and academic sectors.

His drug development experience encompasses project leadership of 5 products, including moxidectin New Drug Application to US FDA for the treatment of onchocerciasis, and extensive practical experience of implementation of clinical first exposure, proof of concept, phase 2, global phase 3, phase 3b design and implementation, and phase 4 clinical studies.

Mark was Chief Operating Officer of Australia’s HIV vaccine design and development consortium responsible for designing, constructing, manufacturing and clinically evaluating a novel HIV vaccine.

He has extensive international experience having worked in operating company (UK 4 years), international head office (UK 6 years, US 2 years), contract research (Southern Hemisphere and Asia, 1 year), and academic settings (Australia 3 years) with direct experience of drug development in 26 countries.

Dr Virginia Dods

Senior Policy Advisor, Victorian Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP)

An experienced senior strategic policy adviser, Virginia has provided comprehensive advice on issues that impact the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people in her role with the Commission for Children and Young People. This knowledge was gained through extensive experience working in child protection, providing program and policy advice on sexual assault support and treatment services and family violence prevention projects for state government departments.

As Chair of a Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) and a School Council, Virginia has ensured currency with education policy developments and implementation.

Virginia’s forensic psychology training, including the conduct of clinical research with childhood sexual abuse survivors, developed her skills in evaluating policy options from mental and sexual health to justice issues for children and young people.

Virginia is passionate about advocating for the provision of culturally responsive services to multicultural communities and applies a cultural lens when evaluating policy and program initiatives.

Deakin members

Name
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Faculty of Health
Professor Brendan Crotty
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
Faculty of Health
Assoc Prof Lynn Riddell
Chair in Epidemiology
Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett
Course Director
Bachelor of Health Sciences,
Stream Leader
Disability & Inclusion
Associate Professor Erin Wilson
Course Leader
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Ms Rebecca Stockdale
Deputy Course Leader
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Stream Leader
Health and Sustainability
Dr Justin Lawson
Deputy Course Leader
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson 
Stream Leader
Nutrition and Food Studies
Prof Julie Woods
Stream Leader
Psychology
Prof Alexander Mussap
Stream Leader
Exercise Sciences
Dr Stuart Warmington
Stream Leader
Physical Activity and Health
Dr Megan Teychenne
Stream Leader
Family, Society and Health
Dr Elyse Warner 
Stream Leader
Environmental Health
Dr Trevor Thornton
Stream Leader
Medical Biotechnology
Dr Sarah Shigdar

Student representatives

Name
Graduate
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Ms Rachel Telgenkamp
Current Student
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Ms Sarah Dickie
Current Student
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Mr Ben Morrison

Therapeutic Play and Child Play Advisory Board

Industry members

Barbara Hayes (Chair)

Services Director, Barwon Youth, Child and Family

Katherine Olejniczak

Play Therapist, Australian Childhood Foundation

Katherine Olejniczak currently works in private practice and is the Director of Psychology and Play Therapy Australia. She is a Psychologist, a Certified Play Therapist with Play Therapy International, a Registered Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association, and an approved supervisor with all of these bodies.

Katherine has completed a Masters in Practice Based Play Therapy. In addition to her role as advisory board member, Katherine is also as a Fieldwork Supervisor for these students.  She is an experienced clinical supervisor, consultant, and trainer in the areas of childhood trauma and play therapy. Katherine has worked extensively with children, young people and their families involved with the child protection and out of home care systems and is passionate about delivering child-sensitive counselling interventions to these children.

Marisa Chilcott

Chief Executive Officer, BE Centre

Marisa Chilcott has been Executive Director of Be Centre Foundation since 2013. Be Centre is a registered charity employing nine part time therapists  focussed on providing Play Therapy to children aged 3-13 years.

Prior to this, Marisa obtained extensive experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors, holding senior management roles at Sunnyfield and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She has also held positions at New South Wales Health including departmental speech writer for the NSW Health Minister. She also held the position of Media Manager and in Public Affairs positions she specialised in crisis management. Her other roles include Community Relations Manager for the NSW Government’s Property Services Group and Olympic Coordination Authority. Marisa is the mother of two children and is passionate about ensuring each child has the support required to ensure they reach their full potential.

Ms Jessica Bellchambers

Hillcrest Primary School

Mr Jeffery Taylor

General Manager, Child Abuse Prevention Services, Ashfield New South Wales

Jeff has Bachelor of Arts Degree double major in Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Certificate IV in Training and Evaluation (TAE) and is a Registered Family Dispute Practitioner.

Jeff has extensive experience in working in both private practice providing Child and Family Therapy and for not-for-profit organisation. Jeff has worked with Family Court of Australia, youth, Drug and Alcohol intervention work with drop-in centres, case management with young offenders and landmark mental health projects. Jeff has been the State Director of Practice for R.A. Qld with oversight of 20 different community service programs, he has set up the practice methods for the Family Relationship Centre Ashmore QLD, and set up the Pilbara Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility WA for Aboriginal Community.

After a long history of working in the tertiary end of treatment with marginalised clients, Jeff has flourished in his role as General Manager focusing on the preventative and early intervention end of the spectrum, developing new innovative programs.

Ms Michelle Perin

Head, Child Life Therapy, John Hunter Children's Hospital

Deakin members

Name
Chair in Epidemiology
Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett
Personal Chair
Professor Karen Stagnitti
Lecturer in Play Therapy
Ms Kate Renshaw
Deputy Head of School
Teaching and Learning
Assoc Prof Lisa Hanna
Senior Lecturer
Child Play Therapy and Course Director

Master of Child Play Therapy
Dr Judi Parson

Student representative

Name
Master of Child Play Therapy
Ms Belinda Dean

Disability and Inclusion Advisory Board

Industry members

Ms Alexandra Gunning (Chair)

Director, Provider Support, NDIA

Alexandra has worked extensively across the disability services sector, having achieved 36 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with the Victorian Government, Transport Accident Commission, not-for-profit community services sector and now with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Alexandra commenced her role with the NDIA in the Barwon Trial Site in January 2013.  As one of the first employees in the Agency, Alexandra was instrumental in establishing one of the Agency’s first operational sites, located here in Geelong.

Alexandra is currently the Branch Manager, Participant Pathway Design within the National Office of the Agency supporting more than 65 operational sites across Australia and over 100,000 people who receive supports funded by the Scheme.

In addition to these roles, Alexandra is a Board member of the Samaritan House Geelong and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Geelong Central.

Ms Keran Howe

Executive Director, Women with Disabilities, Victoria

As the Executive Director for Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), Keran has represented issues related to women’s health, violence prevention and the rights of women with disabilities (and where these intersect) on a range of government advisory and community boards. Women with Disabilities Victoria’s mission is to lead the way for women with disabilities, by being a voice, building partnerships, providing information and engaging the community.

Keran has been recognized for her contribution to the rights of women with disabilities by being inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. Keran has been a Churchill Fellow exploring screening for violence in antenatal settings.

Mr Kevin Stone

Chief Executive Officer, VALID

With over 40 years experience in the disability field Kevin has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disability - as an advocate, a parent and a writer.

He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of VALID, Victoria's peak advocacy organisation for people with intellectual disability and their families, since 1989.  He is also the chair of Inclusion Australia, (National Council on Intellectual Disability), Australia's peak representative body.

Over the past thirty years, Kevin has been at the forefront of the campaign to close institutions and build inclusive communities, and has been a major contributor to the establishment the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Deakin members

Name
Chair in Epidemiology
Alfred Deakin Professor Catherine Bennett
Associate Head of School
Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor Lisa Hanna
Course Director
Graduate Certificate in Disability and Inclusion
Dr Patsie Frawley
Chair in Disability and Inclusion
Professor Susan Balandin
Lecturer
Disability and Inclusion
Dr Joanne Watson