Richard Oades has 40 years’ experience in human services, including 37 years’ management in government and not-for-profit organisations. He has been on the WAAMH board since 2016, is a director of South West Refuge (Domestic Violence) and Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation plus an advisory member of Walkabunning Kiaka, Healing Centre Task Force.
Richard has a PhD of Philosophy in Social Sustainability, Master of Arts in Community and Social Work Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science (Joint Hons) in Sociology and Economic & Social History.
His passion is community development. He worked in community corrections in Sydney and Perth before managing the Kimberley Office. Across 13 years in the Kimberley he worked with many remote Aboriginal communities and their social issues before becoming Kimberley Manager, Department for Community Development.
In Perth he was principal policy officer (Responsible Parenting) and managed district offices, and the Community Skills Training Centre whilst being the state’s national representative on ‘Youth Protocols’, Emergency Relief and work competencies for the Human Services and Health Sectors.
Richard was director of statewide Crisis Care services operating 24 hours a day, 7 days each week, where he worked closely with the Psychiatric Emergency Team whilst managing many services, including the Men’s and Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline, Bali Helpline, Disability Services, Child Protection and the Family Court (as its after hours service). He moved to the South West of the state, project managing development of Supertowns for South West Development Commission before moving to Pathways in 2012.