The team at the Central West Women’s Health Centre welcome all women and children to the Service.
Karen commenced at the Central West Women’s Health Centre in June 2019. Karen joins the team bringing with her a multi-faceted career history with transferable skills in leadership, management and community development.
Karen is passionate about building community capacity, developing local partnerships and has a strong sense of social justice.
As Manager, Karen is committed to addressing gaps in women’s health in the Central West and promoting physical, emotional health and wellbeing for all women.
Karen has completed the following qualifications:
Bachelor Social Science (Community Development)
Post Graduate Certificate Education K – 6
Post Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management
Senior Generalist Counsellor
Lorraine re-joined the Central West Women’s Health Centre in August 2019, after being previously employed as the Child, Adolescent Trauma Counsellor at the Centre in 2017.
Lorraine has had varied and extensive experience working in the human services area, particularly in areas relating to disadvantage and trauma. She has been employed in various roles in NSW Family & Community Services, where she worked for over 20years, thus having an excellent understanding of how disadvantage disempowers women and children in Australian society.
Lorraine has worked with NSW Public prosecutions, assisting victims and witnesses affected by traumatic crime and has taught students studying welfare and youth work at NSW TAFE.
Most recently Lorraine conducted programs with violent offenders in custody in NSW Corrective Services.
Lorraine has 5 children and 6 grandchildren and loves to camp and travel with her family.
Lorraine has always worked to support children, women and families who have faced disadvantage and is passionate about ensuring equal access and opportunity for all.
Lorraine has a Bachelor if Arts in Psychology, and a Masters in Social Administration; however considers that most of her learning comes from her interaction with others.
Lorraine works Monday to Thursday at the Centre and is offering counselling to women in a safe, open and non-judgemental environment. Lorraine’s strengths are her genuine concern for, and acceptance others; her sense of humour and her empathy.
Lorraine is interested in spiritualism, alternative therapies and in making the most of every day!
Marie commenced work at the Centre in July 2019. She has worked clinically in Africa, Ireland and Australia; most recently with Dublin Suicide Network and Drug & Alcohol Services Ireland; now working in Central West NSW.
She holds the following qualifications and registrations:
BA, Dip Counselling, Dip. CBT
PACFA Reg. Clinical
Child Adolescent Trauma Counsellor
Antonia Ravesi joined the Women’s Health Centre in September 2019 as part of the Children, Adolescent and Generalist Trauma Counselling team. She has worked in the community services sector for over twenty-five years primarily providing therapeutic services, such as groupwork and counselling. It is her dream come true to work in a position that focuses on providing support to children and young people as she believes that if we are provided with support early on in life this reduces the long-term challenging impacts that traumatic and significant events can have on neural, cognitive, social and emotional development. She has predominately worked in the non-government sector in drug and alcohol treatment services and through this experience has specialized in understanding the impacts of trauma and sustainable forms of treatment and therapy. Her practice is informed by sensor-motor psychotherapy, narrative and family systems theory and her own life experience.
She is a passionate social justice, anti-violence and mental health advocate and is often asked to speak at public events and forums. Antonia has attended years of professional development in the areas of trauma and mental health treatment and was recently accepted to Macquarie Uni in the double degree in medical science and psychology. She is an active member of the RFC in the Clarence Dargan Brigade and as a member of the Blue Mountains Group Support/Communications brigade. Antonia loves animals, yoga, the ocean, writing the odd short story and never has enough time for the amazing children and young people in her life. She enjoys listening to a good crime podcast on the drive to and from work.
Makiko joined the team in July 2019. She has Bachelor Social Science Major in Counselling. She is a trained Sandplay Therapist, working with children and adults, and a facilitator of Mindfulness exercise group. (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
Makiko has over 25 years of experience working with children as an Early childhood Teacher (trained in Japan). She has successfully combined her knowledge of child development and behaviour with counselling and Sandplay Therapy.
She previously worked at the detention centres on Christmas Island and in Darwin to help young children and parents who experienced extensive trauma.
Makiko believes that children express themselves more fully and more directly through self-initiated, spontaneous play than they do verbally. She believes that the role of the therapist is to provide a safe space where children can express honest feelings.
Her aim as a counsellor is to support clients when they face painful past and help them to see the future, to respect the client’s beliefs and thoughts, and empower clients so that they can make their own decisions
She is a member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Professional Counselling Association of the ACT & NSW Inc (PCA), and registered counsellor with The Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).
Health Promotion Worker
Ann-marie joined the team at Central West Women’s Health Centre in July 2015. She has a Certificate III in Business, and has completed a Diploma and Cert IV in Community Services work. As part of her training Ann-marie did her TAFE placement at our Centre.
Outside of her work at the Centre Ann-marie is a Crystal Shamanism Practitioner (Level 2), and has Reiki Levels 1, 2 & Master/Teacher Certification.
Ann-marie is passionate about social justice and promoting wellness for women in all aspects of their lives. She is particularly interested in empowering women through the provision and sharing of knowledge and skills.
Domestic Violence Case Worker
Maureen joined the team at the Central West Women’s Health Centre in July 2019. She comes with extensive experience, qualifications and enthusiasm. Maureen’s qualifications are:
• Bachelor Social Science
• Cert IV Mental Health
• Cert IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs
• Cert IV in Corrective Services/Custodial
• Cert IV in Career Development
• Cert IV in Employment Services
Maureen is available on Thursdays however, has been working in collaboration with the Women’s Health Centre for 8yrs since she came to work at Community Corrections in Bathurst. In that role, she is a specialist working with people with Coexisting Disorders. In addition, she worked with women in custody where she helped women transition to living in the community (she saw many women enter the system as broken human beings as a result of trauma and leave as fantastic, confident women ready to take on the world).
Maureen is offering support for women who have lived with or, are living with violence. She will be facilitating workshops on domestic violence with a view to building awareness, confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.
Maureen has had a varied career path and has many interests. She is also qualified:
• Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist
• Meditation Teacher
• Chair Yoga and Laughing Yoga Instructor
She very much believes in the quote
“you educate a man, you educate a man… you educate a woman, you educate a generation”
Throughout her life, she has lived with feminist principles and is committed to seeing women become empowered and building each other up.
Interests are: Health & Well-Being, Nutrition, Meditation, Alternative Therapies, Human rights, Social Justice, Gendered Politics and Community Spirit.
Megan began working at the Centre in June 2019, and is enjoying being back in the workforce after taking some years off as a stay-at-home mum. Her work background is in IT and telecommunications, and the very personal connections at the Women’s Health Centre are a welcome change from that.
In her spare time Megan is active in the community in a variety of ways, including as an on-air presenter on radio 2MCE, as part of the Run Director team at Bathurst parkrun, and she also sings in a Bathurst-based choir called Allegri Singers. She runs, plays netball and participates in the odd triathlon.
Faye started at the Centre in May, 2019 as Finance Officer. She has worked for education, hospitality, small and large businesses. She seized the opportunity to work in an environment which supports women and children ‘to be the best they can be’. Faye has an interest in Aromatherapy, Pilates, movies, writing and an open mind as to where her path will lead her.
She has completed the following qualifications:
- Certificate IV Accounting
- Certificate IV Pilates Instructor Training
- Certificate IV Aromatherapy
CENTRAL WEST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE
20 William Street
Bathurst, NSW, 2795
Phone: 02 6331 4133
Fax: 02 6332 4310
Accredited at Certificate & Award Levels of the Australian Service Excellence Standards
9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
(Closed between 12.30 - 1.30)
Bathurst City Life, Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular (hosted by Bathurst Gardner's Club Inc.), Bowman Dental, ClubGrants (Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst RSL, & Bathurst Panthers), Country Women's Association of NSW (Bathurst branch), Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak, 2bs Gold & B-Rock FM, Western Advocate & Times, Maddocks Foundation.