Our Training Team

Please enter an image description. Jo Fletcher

Jo has an extensive background in mental health as a mental health nurse, educator, consultant and Avivo board member.  Her career history spans working as both a mental health and surgical nurse at Bentley Hospital, lecturing at Edith Cowan University, lecturing in the Diploma of Mental Health at ETEA along with her consulting work which has included providing analysis and rationale for a new service design for RUAH’s recreational services in WA.  One of Jo’s specialities is working in the co-occurring arena. Jo continues to work as a mental health nurse as well as carrying out her consultancy and education work and Avivo board responsibilities.

Please enter an image description. Wilma Edwards

Wilma has significant experience as a counsellor and educator in the torture/trauma arena specifically working with the CaLD population.  She has worked at the processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and spent two years undertaking trauma and education work in Cambodia.

Sally Nevill

Sally’s depth of experience comes from a career in social work, counselling and education.  She has a strong history working with people from trauma backgrounds in the community services sector and working with ATSI and CaLD clients, as well as significant experience working in regional Australia.   She is a strong networker and having recently moved to Halls Creek has been meeting with various local organisations, gaining intelligence and letting us know of training opportunities in the area.

Please enter an image description. Leanne Mirabella

Leanne has extensive experience in social work, education, and project management with expertise in several areas including AOD & Mental Health and outcome measurement.  Many of you will know Leanne who has previously worked at WAAMH on several projects.  She also works on the AOD helpline at the Mental Health Commission.

Please enter an image description. Amberley Laverick 

Amberley has recently moved to Perth from Melbourne where she worked with the Butterfly Foundation, undertaking a three year project in regional Victoria to provide youth focused eating disorder awareness training to communities.  She is an educator by trade and having spent five years with the Butterfly Foundation has become well versed in the eating disorder arena.  She also runs a creative writing business.  Amberley will be one of our facilitators for our eating disorder awareness training.

Please enter an image description. Kathleen Chinn

Kath is a Lived Experience eating disorder facilitator having worked at the Women’s Health and Family Services in Joondalup co-ordinating and facilitating the Body Esteem Program.  She is also a lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE and some of you will know Kath from having facilitated WAAMH training in the past. Kath will be one of facilitators for our eating disorder awareness training.

Hayley Grant

Hayley is an experienced registered Psychologist and holds a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Development, a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety and is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Hayley draws on many years delivering psychological services, counseling and training in the public and private mental health sectors. Working directly in the community mental health sector, she has extensive skills and knowledge related to the assessment, treatment, support and advocacy of people with a mental illness.

Please enter an image description. Emma Boyne

Emma Boyne holds a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and has extensive experience working in health promotion and community development programs. Emma is a skilled facilitator and trainer accredited as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor who delivers MHFA training to tertiary students and community groups. Emma also holds Certificate IV in Training and Development and Mental Health.

Please enter an image description. Andris Markovs

Andrew is well known throughout the Great Southern Region of WA for his passionate and knowledgeable work in the preventative mental health field. Since his diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2001, Andrew has found his own way through the darkness of depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and suicide ideation. He is a Principal Master Mental Health First Aid instructor and a One Life Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention instructor. Andrew has been a member of the WA Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group, Lived Experience Advisory Group, Regional Advisory Group, and a member of the University of WA School of Population Health’s Consumer and Community Advisory Group. He was a winner in the Consumer Engagement and Involvement category of the WA Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards and is passionate about issues of mental health and suicide prevention. 

Over the past 12 years Andrew has delivered many Mental Health First Aid and Gatekeeper training workshops across WA to consumers, carers, community members, departments, organisations and workplaces. Andrew has a proven ability to present effectively to a wide range of audiences.

Please enter an image description. Tracy Wilson

Tracy is a lived experience mental health professional and educator who brings a peer perspective to training delivery. She has a youth work and community development background and worked for Vincentcare, St. Vincent de Paul Society. While working in the community mental health space, Tracy has worked as Peer Coordinator and as a Project Manager.

Tracy is a mental health advocate for socially just practices and has facilitated both co-creation and co-design processes in the development of a Peer and Mentor Model, a Consumer Committee, as well as Vincentcare’s Values in Practice Student Internship Program in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

Shannon Calvert Shannon Calvert

Shannon is a consumer leader in recovery after having a severe and enduring eating disorder for more than 30 years. Her personal experience has inspired her advocacy in eating disorders, mental health and palliative care to support the respect, rights and appropriate choice of treatment for those affected. She has collaborated with clinicians and researchers, providing lived experience insight and perspective. In addition to her role as a lived experience speaker and trainer at WAAMH, Shannon is also a consumer consultant for North Metropolitan Mental Health Service, and has presented at many state and national conferences. She is a member of the Consumer Carer Committee and Membership Committee of ANZAED, a member of the Patient Carer Committee and Membership Committee of AED and Vice President of Palliative Care WA.

Guest speakers

Some of our training packages also feature inspiring consumers and carers who are able to offer their own personal and unique perspective of recovery, service provision and engagement with the mental health sector.
Guest speakers are rotated according to their availability and student needs, but each course features a range of valuable perspectives to complement the core content of the course.