Mentor Register

IAHA Mentoring Program

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Daniellekolpin
About the Mentor: I am 23 years and love working in allied health. I began in 2015 as trainee AHA, working 1 day and studying 1 day SWtafe Warrnambool. I know work 4 days a week at the hospital and 1 day at Ozchild running a indigenous playgroup. At the hospital I work in pediatric and work with speech, OT, phsyio, psychologist and dietitians to assist with any jobs, work one on one with clients in daycares, kinders or schools and help make any resources. I find my job really rewarding and I enjoy the range of workload I have and helping people.
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Gayfoster
About the Mentor: I am a NSW Aboriginal woman of the Stolen Generation was born on Gadigal Country and raised on Wallumedegal Country. Currently working with the Aboriginal Workforce Unit in the NSW Ministry of Health, I has over 30 years’ experience in education and health, in government and non-government, community and institutional settings. I have worked with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in clinical, project and managerial roles in NSW and Western Australia. During this time I also worked within the judicial system managing court diversion programs. I also mentor 2 young leaders in Aboriginal health in NSW Health.
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Katelynpascoe
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Emmawilliams
About the Mentor: A current member of the Queensland Ambulance Service Indigenous Paramedic Program I have a passion for ensuring other students embarking on a university pathway in allied health succeed in their journey. I understand how difficult university can be as I left high school at 15 with no formal education. Enrolled as a mature aged student I have managed to successfully complete a full-time university degree alongside a vocational education pathway with the QAS including a Cert III and Cert IV. I work with QAS IPP students and the USC Indigenous Service team to mentor and provide peer support.
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Melissa Aguey-Zinsou
About the Mentor: I have experience working as a mental health occupational therapist in a range of settings and roles in Queensland, NSW and the UK. I have worked with people from a range of backgrounds and a local Aboriginal community in my most recent mental health role and learnt a lot from this experience. I am still learning about cultural capability and cultural processes. I am a very enthusiastic OT and enjoy lots of aspects of the profession, such as working as part of a team and most of all supporting clients, carers, families and communities with their wellbeing and to achieve their goals. I have a particular interest in supporting the development of new and future occupational therapists.
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Diane Bakon
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Thomas Brideson
New South Wales
Social Welfare
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Corrine Butler
Queensland
Occupational Therapy
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Michale Chandler
About the Mentor: I am an Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander woman originally from Bowen, QLD. I am married to a man and together we share our love for music, food and life. I enjoy travelling and love playing piano.
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Michelle Combo
Queensland
Psychology
About the Mentor: I am a Gamilaroi woman, living and working in Brisbane for approx 15 years. My passion is Indigenous mental health. I have enjoyed mentoring and supervising students in the past and would like to support any Indigenous people considering working in either mental health and/or psychology.
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Patricia Councillor
Western Australia
Mental Health
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Tabatha Dellar-Walmsley
South Australia
Mental Health
About the Mentor: I am a highly experienced, qualified Aboriginal Mental Health Social Worker. I have extensive experience in both Government and private organisations. I am currently the sole owner of Nunyara Social Work, where we specialise in Mental Health and the nurturing Mental Health while considering the cultural aspects of the client.
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Danni Dries
Australian Capital Territory
Physiotherapy
About the Mentor: I am a Kaurna woman from SA. I have a background in both physiotherapy and medicine. I have overcome a lot of barriers and challenges to get to where I am now and it hasn't always been easy. The support of mentors has helped me through. I have also been a mentor for highschool and uni students, and love being there for others. Please see my whole story and journey through physio on the IAHA website. I'm looking forward to working with more mob!
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Kristen Ella
New South Wales
Mental Health
About the Mentor: Graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) as part of the Djirruwang program at Charles Sturt University. I have expereince in Adult MH, Perinatal and Infant MH, Child & Youth MH and policy/project managment
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