Our Training Facilitators

  Angie Roche

Angie holds a Masters in Health Promotion, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. She enjoys working in the education and community sectors and has done so for over 20 years. Angie has also worked in the Sexual Health, Mental Health, Blood-borne Virus and Alcohol and Other Drugs sectors. 

Angie is an accredited LivingWorks trainer and facilitates suicide prevention training in the community and with organisations. As a Life Coach, she partners with women to get unstuck, reconnect with their authentic selves to learn how to live a more loving, joyful and energetic life. When not working, Angie can be found at the beach with her family, playing in the salty waters of the Indian Ocean.

  Cath Ashton

Cath has worked in the mental health sector for 22 years and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Health, which is the social model of health. Since 2015 she has been a licenced Principal Master Instructor for the Standard, Youth and Workplace suite of Mental Health First Aid courses. She is also a Life Coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner specialising in women’s health and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has lectured at North Metro TAFE in Community Pathways program. 

Cath’s commitment to community and workplace mental health has been through her extensive experience in Suicide Prevention, Health Promotion and Education, Adolescent Health, Eating Disorders and Resource Industry in Mental Health and NDIS. Cath has also been involved developing content for the Victoria Police Forensic Mental Health team and the WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention in mental health training for the communities, major corporates and government.

In her spare time Cath likes to practice mediation and spending time in nature to create the balance of wellbeing in her work life commitments.

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 highly skilled facilitator and accredited as a Master Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor who delivers training to a wide variety of workplaces, the tertiary setting and community groups. Emma also holds Certificate IV in Training and Development and Mental Health.

More recently Emma coordinated the development of a university wide framework for mental health and wellbeing. Emma enjoys working with workplaces to build strategies that create an environment and culture that is conducive to wellbeing.

Please enter an image description.  Hayley Grant

Hayley is an experienced registered Psychologist and holds a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, 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.  Jo Fletcher

Jo has an extensive background in mental health as a mental health nurse, educator, consultant and board member and holds a degree in Social Science and a Masters in Business Administration. She is qualified Trainer and Assessor with a Diploma in Mental Health and has 30 years of clinical practice in the mental health field, both locally and abroad. Jo has worked and provided supervision in both the acute hospital and community setting here in Australia and overseas.

She is passionate about the health of her community and loves the challenge of promoting health through innovative and evidence-based education. She has taught at Universities in Australia, Africa and Asia. Her experience of Ubuntu “I am what I am because of who we all are” underpins her commitment to positive change today particularly in the area of trauma.

  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, Women's Health Family Services (WHFS) and WAAMH.  She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and in Peer Support and Mental Health and 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. 

 Leonie Auld

Leonie specialises in wellbeing and mental health training and development for the workplace.  She is focussed on improving the mental and physical health of employees, raising awareness of individual performance and providing strategies to improve focus and attention and minimise burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. 

Leonie delivers evidence based training and has been involved in Peer workforce development at CoMHWA for several years.   Her formal qualifications include a University degree in Psychology, Cert IV TAE, Diploma of Fitness, Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA) and Intentional Peer Support (IPS).   She is suicide intervention trained and practiced, having volunteered at Lifeline for several years.  Leonie has also been a lived experience speaker and featured in the media.

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 focusing 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 committed 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.   

  Philip Gatt

Phil Gatt has a Masters of Science and in Counselling, completed a Post-graduate Dipoma in Relationship and Family Therapy and over 10 years professional experience in counselling, including working with young people, adults, couples, groups and significant others as well as the supervision and mentoring of beginning clinicians.  Phil also has 10 years experience teaching English and a foreign language in Australia and overseas. 

A published author and online course developer, Phil wrote Smooth guide to self-knowledge and From rebel to revelry. Phil also teaches meditation and yoga.  Phil has a Masters of Science (Envi. Sci); Masters of Counselling and Post-Graduate Diploma in Relationship and Family Therapy.

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.