Our Training Facilitators

  Cath Ashton

Cath holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Health, a Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor and is also a Principal Master Instructor for the Standard, Youth and Workplace Mental Health First Aid courses. Cath has over 20 years professional experience and has worked as a consultant and in facilitation role in the UK and Australia in the Mental Health Sector. 

She has extensive experience in Suicide Prevention, Conducting Coronial Psychological Autopsy Audits, Health Promotion, Education, Child and Adolescent Health, Eating Disorders, FIFO and the Resource Industry in Mental Health. Cath has also completed work for the Victoria Police Forensic Mental Health SME, WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention Network Co-ordinator and delivered Mental Health training for major Corporates and the Government. Cath has also lecturered at North Metro TAFE Community Pathways. 

Please enter an image description. Barbara Fretz

Barb is a duo citizen, an Australian-Canadian, who has lived in the beautiful South West of WA since 1996. She holds Master’s degrees in Counselling Psychology and Adult Education Administration and a certificate in Mental Health and Ageing.  She has had the privilege of working with many client groups from inmates, cancer patients, seniors, tertiary students, and people with disabilities. As a registered clinical counsellor for 14 years, her private practice specialises in women’s wellbeing at all stages of life, in particular midlife and menopause.

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 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (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.

Please enter an image description.  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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) clients, as well as significant experience working in regional Australia. Sally also has extensive experience providing Training and Employee Assistance for a wide range of organisations.  

  Kathleen Chinn

Kathleen has extensive experience in mental health and community services,   and has provided accredited and non  accredited  training at various industries,  such as  Lecturer at North Metro TAFE,   Womens Health Family Services (WHFS) and WAAMH.  She  has also  delivered workshops and events to a number of different diverse groups, including peer support workers, consumers, parents and families, students,  clinical psychologists.  Kathleen has over 11 years training  and facilitation experience.    In addition, Kathleen is extremely passionate about supporting  consumers,  and recognises the importance's of  reaching  the heart of the community,  raising  diversity awareness; breaking down misconceptions,  and that recovery is possible no matter your background.  

 Please enter an image description.  Hayley Grant

Hayley is an experienced registered Psycholgist 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.

   Angie Roche

Angie enjoys working in the education and community sectors and has done so for over 15 years. She holds a Masters in Health Promotion, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Angie has worked in the Sexual Health, Blood-borne Virus and Alcohol and Other Drugs sectors. She has worked in Suicide Prevention as a Case Manager supporting the construction and mining industries and continues to work as a LivingWorks Suicide Prevention trainer. As a Life Coach, Angie works with mums living with anxiety, to parent playfully in alignment with their values. When not working, Angie can be found at the beach with her family, playing in the salty waters of the Indian Ocean.

Mark Davies

Mark has extensive experience in both the Mental health and disability sectors and has provided accredited and non accredited training in both  community and corporate settings.  

Prior to focussing on training and facilitation he oversaw the development of face to face and online peer led mental health community based support groups both in the metropolitan and regional areas of WA. Mark also has significant experience in the disability employment services sector here in Australia and as a coordinator in the UK for local government supporting individuals with disabilities to live independently within the community.           

He is an accredited instructor of Standard Mental Health First Aid, Blended Online MHFA Community and also MHFA Conversations about Suicide. Mark regularly delivers these training sessions to regional communities as well as government departments and corporate businesses.  Mark is passionate about education and raising awareness around mental health issues by providing accurate evidence based information with practical solutions.  Mark has been very commited to reducing the stigma around mental health in our communities, enabling individuals to access the appropriate support they require whilst having the skills and confidence to support others in need.   

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.

Wendy Shannon  Wendy Shannon

Wendy has nearly 20 years of experience developing and managing treatment programs in the non- government sector for people affected with mental health and alcohol and other drug problems. She is passionate about developing peer to peer support and the contribution consumers can make to the development of mental health services. Most recently Wendy has established a trauma informed rehabilitation program for men in prison based upon the therapeutic, peer support to peer group,  community as method model.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has had previous clinical experience in hospital social work both in Perth and in the UK.

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.