Consumer representatives provide a valuable contribution to the services that Grand Pacific Health provides. Peoples ‘lived experience’ and interest in the health and wellbeing of their community is important to improving the work we do.
Our current Carer and Consumer Advisory panellists include:
As Independent Chair for the Consumer and Carer Advisory Panel I have a passion for empowering the lived experience voice within mental health services. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Social Work and look forward to further strengthening a lived experience and recovery led culture within my future employment.
I’m a Psychology (Honours) graduate and am particularly passionate about helping young people access mental health services. I’m also a Youth Development Coach with ACSO where I assist young people in gaining and maintaining employment, or enrolling into studies.
Mental health has always been an area that I have had interest in. I have personally experienced mental health struggles as well as watching family and friends go through similar situations. Roughly 12 months ago I decided I would like to try and make a difference in my community and put my interest and passion to good use. I applied to become a Youth Reference Group (YRG) volunteer at Headspace in Goulburn and not long after I also became a member on the Consumer & Carer Advisory Panel with Grand Pacific Health.
It has been an amazing experience so far and I have definitely learnt a lot about mental health and also about myself. I truly feel that taking care of your mental health is so important and I am honoured to be able to have my voice and opinion heard on the services in my community.
Gabrielle is a Mother, Psychologist, Community Champion for PANDA and a member of GPH's Consumer and Carer Forum.
Gabrielle suffered postnatal psychosis following the births of both her young boys and is now fully recovered and thriving.
Her experiences have made her passionate to raise awareness about perinatal mental health and to use her story of pain and recovery to reduce the stigma around mental health and provide a message of hope.
She continues to share her story on many platforms to increase perinatal mental health awareness, raise funds for PANDA, educate the public and health professionals about the human experience behind perinatal mental health and advocate for improved specialist supports and services for parents and their families.
After a long career as a counsellor / psychotherapist working in the field of Child Sexual Assault and Family Violence in Sydney and Wollongong, I relocated to Bega Valley with PTSD and chronic physical illnesses.
In Bega, I have continued to use my skills and experience in a voluntary capacity supporting organisations engaged in Family Violence, Community Building, Housing and Homelessness, the Arts, Mental Health, Poverty, Environmental Activism. LGBTQI issues, and Community Emergency Response.
My experience, both professional and personal in these fields has made me keenly aware of the impact of mental and physical illness on the self and on family and friends, and the importance of empowering and client centred interventions. Above all my underpinning belief is “there is no us and them” regardless of the issue and everyone whether practitioner or client has vulnerabilities and strengths.
For fun I spend time with my dog, play guitar and write songs, read, and watch movies.
Donna is a mother of seven with extensive work experience in childcare. She holds a Certificate III in Childcare as well as a Certificate IV in Welfare. Donna's experience within a variety of workplaces has allowed her to continue her passion for learning whilst combining different workplace practices and knowledge. Her lived experience of chronic illness and as a carer for her mother and family allows her to bring her unique view to the Consumer and Carer Panel. Donna's motto has always been to live and learn as much as you can to share with others.