Amitha has worked in the community services sector since 2002. She has held direct support roles as well as community development and management positions. Amitha finds supporting people to meet their goals very rewarding. She holds qualifications in community services, management, community development & training and assessment. Recent professional training includes Trauma Informed Practice, Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health First Aid and Incidental Counselling
Clare is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse. She has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of settings including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Primary Health and AOD recovery. Clare practices in an evidence-based, person-centred and trauma informed manner, and is also a facilitator of our Life Worth Living Program. She has a respectful curiosity for people and their personal journey towards their goals.
Jevan has worked in aged care / hospitality supports for three years and is currently undertaking University qualifications in Clinical Exercise Physiology. In both these roles Jevan has learnt the importance of valuing the varied needs of his participants and working within the person’s capacity to support them to achieve desired tasks and overcome any barriers. Jevan is an advocate for the great outdoors and has seen and experienced firsthand the benefits of spending time in nature and with animals. Jevan combines his university studies with his Support Worker role and enjoys encouraging others to be as active as they can manage to develop sustainable life pattens for optimal health.
After completing Certificate 4 in Community Services, Paula worked in the child protection sector and has been supporting young people ever since. With ongoing training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, response-ability pathways, and Trauma-Informed Care, Paula has learned how to use communication to build relationships and support people. She believes that connection and a sense of belonging is at the heart of wellbeing for everyone.
She grew up in Ireland and Cornwall and having travelled the world extensively she knows the healing power of spending time in nature. Working at Pathways enables Paula to follow her two passions of making a positive difference to the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Originally a Plasterer by trade Kane has enjoyed the transition into commercial cleaning and is now looking forward to his role with Pathways. Kane has over a decade experience working as a martial arts instructor with a certificate 4 in Sports and coaching. Kane is always smiling and brings his honest nature to this service. Kane recognises the importance of respect and is willing to help our participants in any area of domestic duties. Both Respectful and with a good attention to detail he looks forward to meeting you.
Maryann’s commitment to supporting the wellbeing of people and their families can be seen in her decision to work in a participant support role whilst she studies to become a Psychologist. She believes that the skills she has gained from working with people experiencing homelessness and the experience she is gaining at Pathways is an important balance to her academic studies.
Maryann is experienced in working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal people and their communities within a culturally supportive and competent framework. Through all her roles she has developed strong people skills to build trusting, professional relationships.
Paula loves to provide supports in the outdoors - she believes that being active is great therapy for the body and soul. She enjoys supporting participants with cooking and exploring their creative interests. Paula moved to Australia from New Zealand many years ago and has a background in Nursing and Health Care. Paula has enjoyed supporting people meet their life goals for many years and is passionate about offering high standards of care and is quickly able to adjust her approach to the person’s wellbeing needs. Paula feels inspired by her participants and constantly amazed by people’s ability to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Sam has been a professional Support Worker since 2018, following many years of informal experience supporting people close to her. She has her Certificate IV in Community Services, as well as the unique perspective of being a Lived Experience Support Worker. This strengthens her empathy and understanding when supporting Pathways’ participants.
Sam’s passion is supporting people to enhance their lives. She prides herself on being flexible and adaptable when helping participants to work towards their goals. She is equally passionate about supporting people who are living with Mental Health concerns.
For many years Tasha worked with refugees in Europe. She taught languages to newly arrived refugees in Slovenia and Greece and taught basic literacy to those who hadn‘t previously attended school. She worked with the local community to include new members of the community in local events and build support networks, as well as supporting them to access housing, medical services, employment and education programs. Tasha worked with a group of women in creating a safe space for themselves and their children and supporting them to organise workshops and sales of their artisanal products at the local markets. When she arrived to Australia she wanted to continue supporting people to live their best lives and began working as a Support Worker in 2019. She believes every person has a right to receive individualised support that allows them to connect with their community and reach their goals and is passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Two of Tobiah’s main interests in life people, and learning, led him to support work. He is passionate about helping people to overcome isolation and loneliness through human and community connection. His approach to support work places the individual at the heart of decision making so there is always a lot of variety in what he does. However, Tobiah’s ability to connect with and learn from people are at the heart of his approach to a career he feels grateful to have discovered early in life.
Tracey’s caring, friendly manner, and her commitment to helping others to live the life they choose, shines through in her work. Her calm, consistent approach is valued by participants as she supports them to take a leading role in building a meaningful, independent life. She is qualified in many aspects of physical and emotional support including Cert 2 Auslan and Cert 3 Disability Services. Her study of permaculture and keen interest in environmental care fit well with Pathway’s values. Tracey’s support work, since she started in 2009, has been based on her professional approach to delivering quality supports.
Zoey’s passion for helping people to reach their potential in life is a common factor across her varied professional experience. She has created and administered policies and procedures with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation NSW, Housing NSW and her own coaching business. She has developed funding proposals and tenders for both commercial and non-government services. Zoey’s expertise with setting up and managing organisational systems and processes along with her compassion and understanding for people experiencing challenges in life make her an ideal fit for her administrative role at Pathways.
Michelle comes to us with tertiary qualifications in Counselling and Community and Welfare Services and has been working across the Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug and Disability Support sectors for over 20 years - with a focus on recovery and trauma informed practice. Michelle has attained Cert II Auslan qualifications.
Michelle is a Level 2 member of the Australian Counselling Association, where she has been a Member for 18 years.
Michelle has a special interest in delivering groups and workshops and is a qualified Parents Under Pressure Therapist; as well as a keen interest in
music therapy delivering DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts) of which Michelle holds Senior Facilitator accreditation.
Jem believes that opportunities for good mental health and wellbeing should be available to everyone. He has been practising ways of achieving this and sharing it with others for many years. Jem has been a registered Mental Health Nurse for 28 years.
Originally UK trained he completed postgraduate studies in CBT at the University of Brighton and University of Oxford. Alongside his clinical work he has held academic and teaching positions at the Institute of Psychiatry London, University of Brighton and University of Sydney. He has co-authored several mental health textbooks and peer reviewed journal articles.
Jem joins Pathways as a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Team.
Matt is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, undertaking his original qualification in the UK.
He has extensive experience in a variety of areas in the mental health field, from Psychiatric Intensive Care, to inpatient Drug and Alcohol withdrawal and stabilisation, to community-based treatment services in both government and non-government sectors.
Matt has practiced in clinical leadership and management positions for a number of years and has post-graduate qualifications and experience in non-medical prescribing, psychopharmacology and medication management, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and ITEP, amongst others.
Matt is passionate about the provision of inclusive and Trauma-Informed services for individuals, positive risk assessment and suicide prevention. His specialist interest treatment groups have always been people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, complex trauma and addictions.
Sally originally qualified in the UK as a Mental Health Nurse in 1993. Since then she has trained in many psychotherapeutic models including CBT, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Nature Based Therapy, Equine Assisted therapy and Skills Based Animal Assisted Therapy facilitation. She is accredited with the ACA, AACBT, EAGALA and Credentialled as a specialist Mental Health Nurse. Sally is the founder of Pathways to Mental Health. She is passionate about providing accessible, high quality services and believes that our natural environment is the best place for working on recovery.