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Crystal is a counsellor with over 30 years’ experience in private practice. She works with adults and families covering a range of issues. These include depression, anxiety, addictions, grief and loss, chronic and terminal diagnoses and family and relationships. Crystal provides clinical supervision to practitioners in the counselling and psychotherapy field. Crystal presents training courses on mental health and well-being, suicide intervention skills, bullying and harassment in the workplace and accidental counselling for staff in front line positions. Crystal has been a lecturer and trainer with a number of educational institutions. She has taught in the areas of counselling, psychotherapy, case management and disabilities. One of Crystal’s specialities is the area of psycho-oncology. She has been granted lifetime membership of the Cancer Counselling Professionals Association Inc. which she has been a member of since the initial year of its establishment. This Association was set up to provide specialised cancer counselling to those individuals who have received this diagnosis and to family and friends who are also affected by this diagnosis. All members of the Association are specifically trained to understand the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the individual and those around them.
Leanne has completed a Bachelor of Counselling and a Master of Social Work. Leanne is currently the managing director of Hability and Keystone Counselling and Coordination. Both organisations specialise in delivering disability services to clients with complex needs. Leanne’s professional background is providing Specialist Support Coordination to complex clients with disabilities, family therapy to families with a child with a disability, and counselling to a range of individuals including those with a disability and mental health needs. Leanne believes in working collaboratively and from a person-centred perspective with participants, their supports, families, and stakeholders with the aim of bringing about positive change by building an individual’s capacity, connectedness, independence, and resilience.
Sharon is currently the Senior Clinical RT Educator at the Calvary Mater Newcastle. In order to undertake this role, it’s advantageous to challenge yourself and immerse yourself in learning. Sharon has completed a Masters in Health Science Education and a Master of Philosophy in Research. However, but like all clinical educators, this is not Sharon’s only role.
Sharon is a member of the Gynae-Brachy Service at the Mater, in addition to trying to keep up with general RT duties. This in itself is a challenge considering when she started RT, the CT scanner had only been developed 10 years earlier, conventional simulators were still trending, and on linacs you had to set monitor units and field sizes manually, not to mention place shielding blocks. And then, there was manual planning and using a slide-rule to calculate doses for brachytherapy.
Sharon’s advice to people wanting to become a radiation therapist or those still early in their careers…learn to embrace learning, because it will never end in this profession.
Kim qualified as an RT in December 1993 and has worked in radiation therapy departments in Sydney and London, UK. She was also the Radiation Oncology coordinator for eviQ from 2007 – 2013.
Kim is currently the RT Educator at the Central Coast Cancer Centre in Gosford and has been in this role since the centre opened in 2013. She is passionate about patient care and education and firmly believes that in the rapidly evolving profession of radiation therapy there is always something to learn. She loves travel – although hasn’t had much of a chance over the past 2 years but hopes to one day soon jump on a plane to explore a few more countries of the world.
Mel qualified as an RT in December 2001 in New Zealand, she spent the first 5 years of her career as an RT at Auckland public hospital and then crossed the ditch in 2005 and commenced working at Liverpool Macarthur CTC. Mel has always had a passion for education and was successful in obtaining the RT educator role in 2006. Mel has significant interest in patient education and support and especially in working with the CALD community in South West Sydney. Outside of RT life Mel is a passionate soccer player, fan and now soccer mum to her two teenage boys.
Megan is a Specialist Intellectual Disability Clinician and an occupational therapist who has over 14 years’ experience working within the disability sector. Megan is passionate about quality evidence based clinical work, and is always seeking ways to contribute to the further development and improvement of practice to achieve better outcomes for people with a disability.
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