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
Lorraine Murphy joined the CWWHC team as the Generalist Counsellor in November 2020 and comes to us with over 25 years’ experience. Lorraine has worked with couples, families and individuals.
Specialising in working with victims of Domestic and Family Violence, Lorraine has written models of practice. Her expertise includes extensive group work, supporting clients suffering grief and loss; offering Victims Support; supporting those in Out of Home Care; delivering Managing Strong Emotions and more.
Lorraine co-developed and facilitated the first Aboriginal Diploma of Counselling and Group Work at Bathurst and Canberra.
On a personal level, to maintain well-being and balance, Lorraine loves to grow veggies and read good books.
Lorraine has an ongoing commitment to professional development, her qualifications include:
- BA Counselling
- Post Grad in Supervision
- Post Grad in Family Dispute Resolution
- Diploma Management
Breanna first joined the team in 2021, completing her postgraduate student placement with the Centre. Following her graduation from the Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy with the Australian College of Applied Psychology, she became a regular fixture on the counselling roster. Breanna is particularly passionate about clinical work relating to grief & bereavement, the experience of trauma, change and transitions, anxiety, and self-esteem.
Breanna is an enthusiastic fur-mum to two miniature dachshunds. Her love of animals is reflected in her Master’s research project which explored the grief experiences of Australian adults bereaved by companion animal loss. She also enjoys dancing and vintage fashion
You may also see Breanna’s face pop up in both our children and adult group programs.
Breanna’s qualifications include:
- Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Science; Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts; Biological Anthropology
- Cert IV – Bereavement Support
Client Intake and Parent Clinician
Alison first joined the CWWHC team in October 2021 while completing her Certificate IV in Community Services placement. Since then, Alison has successfully completed her Certificate IV in Community Services, a Diploma in Community Services as well as a Diploma in Counselling.
Alison has also taken up the position of Client Intake and Parent Clinician, working in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Trauma Services team.
Alison has volunteered as a phone counsellor with Lifeline for over two years and has a background in School Administration and Disability.
She is passionate about social justice and women’s issues.
Alison’s qualifications now include:
- Certificate IV in Community Services
- Diploma in Community Services
- Diploma in Counselling
Health Promotion and Community Engagement
Julia Maher joined the CWWHC team as the Community Engagement and Health Promotion officer in March 2023. Julia comes to us with a Primary & High School education background, as well as experience within recruitment.
In her spare time, Julia loves to play with her fur-baby, draw, read, as well as participate in and instruct dance and aerial sports. She has lived in the Bathurst community since 2019 and has a passion for helping others and involving the community to promote women’s health services. Julia created the work uniform design for The Brew Drive Thru’s collaboration with the Australian charity Support the Girls, and has assisted with Boys to the Bush fundraising events.
Julia’s qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Education (K-12)
- Recruitment, Consulting & Staffing Association (RCSA) training
Administration and Client Support
Lynece Pett joined the team as Administration and Client Support in June 2023. She joins us with many years of experience in customer service, office management, and medical reception.
Nece has a keen interest in women’s health, support and wellbeing. Nece is a natural people person and loves to listen and share stories with others.
In her spare time, Nece enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf, laughing and going on adventures with her husband.
Child and Adolescent Trauma Clinician
Jess Hopwood joined the team in June 2023 as our Child and Adolescent Trauma Counsellor. Jess has completed her Bachelor of Psychology and is a registered Psychologist through AHPRA. Jess comes to us with over five years of experience working with young people and their families in the mental health realm. Jess is particularly passionate about clinical work relating to empowering young people who have experienced trauma, AOD concerns, eating disorders, ADHD, and Autism; using a variety of evidence-based play and talk therapies. Jess is all about creating a safe space for those in need.
Jess is a Bathurst local since the age of three and is involved within her local community. In her spare time, Jess loves to get outside, captaining her local third grade women’s soccer team; creating artwork and reading novels; you may also find Jess’ baking treats in the centre kitchen. When Jess sees a puppy anywhere, she may in fact burst of excitement. Jess has previously led another mental health service in a clinical lead capacity ensuring appropriate and ethical clinical care to young people.
Jess’ qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Psychology
- AHPRA Approved Registered Psychologist
Paula joins CWWHC with a diverse range of knowledge and skills. A life-long learner, Paula has qualifications in Social Work, Psychology and Training and Assessment. As a person who loves rural NSW, Paula has worked with individuals and communities regionally in Health Promotion, Training and Education (Disability) and service planning and development.
Most recently, Paula has been working as a Counsellor and Social Worker, with women experiencing or recovering from domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss and adjustment to change. Paula has worked in the Drug and Alcohol, Sexual Assault, Health and Vocational Education settings. Group programs delivered include New Parents Group, Dementia carer support, Mental Health and Adolescent Mental Health programs.
Paula’s interests are in understanding how physical health, mental health and social health intersect. As a counsellor, her interest is in walking with people on their path from surviving to thriving.
Favourite past times include cooking (and eating!), bushwalking and enjoying live music.
Paula’s qualifications include:
- Masters of Social Work (Professional Qualifying – with Distinction)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Level 1 – EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
- Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment
CENTRAL WEST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE
7 Lee Street
Kelso, NSW, 2795
Phone: 02 6331 4133
Fax: 02 6332 4310
Accredited at Certificate Level of the Australian Service Excellence Standards
9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
(Closed between 12.30 - 1.30)
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging
Bathurst Spring Garden Spectacular (hosted by Bathurst Gardner's Club Inc.), Bowman Dental, Central West Village Voice, Cleary Fairbrother Property, 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, 2MCE, Western Advocate & Times, The Honda Foundation