Our Training Facilitators

  Cath Ashton

Cath holds a Bachelor Honours in Health and Psychology and is 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.

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.  Danielle Cameron

Danielle is a proud Yuibera woman, who has significant experience in the Human Services, Community and Education sectors. She has specialised as a counsellor and educator in childhood trauma and mental health. Danni has extensive experience providing training and education delivering packages throughout Australia to different organisations. Danni has a passion for protecting the rights of all people with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, individuals and families. 

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.  

 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.

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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. Naomi Michel

Naomi Michel holds a Masters in Clinical psychology and has an extensive background in working with children, young people and families in both the clinical and educational setting. Naomi draws upon these skills and experience in her role as trainer for the WA 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.