Catherine’s commitment to client focused services spans more than 25 years. Her work is driven by a strong desire to provide evidenced-based quality services to all individuals throughout the community, including those who are most vulnerable. Catherine has worked for a diverse range of organisations including: government, not for profit, for profit and a large public listed international company. Her work spans both the acute and community sector in areas of health, mental health, education, aged care, homelessness and clinical practice. Catherine’s earlier roles were predominately clinical and practice-driven, with her transition into quality assurance, education (university lecturing), and eventually management positions. Her commitment and passion for research and evidenced-based quality practice has, in the past, provided opportunities to work as an independent quality consultant, and more recently to initiate and develop a Centrecare whole of agency, therapeutic practice framework. In a management capacity Catherine has successfully led teams, managed clinical programs, initiated innovative community projects and has served on reference groups, review committees and boards. Her qualifications include; Diploma in Nursing (General Registration); Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours); Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance; and Level 1 Certificate in Partnership Brokering.
Catherine joined Centrecare as the Program Manager of the Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013 in January 2012. Catherine’s role within the One Life Strategy was to lead the Centrecare team in its efforts to improve community resilience and individual capacity to prevent suicide across Western Australia. She then progressed to General Manager of Community Services for Centrecare in May 2012. In her capacity as General Manager, Catherine is responsible for the Community Services portfolio which consists of over 80 programs across two regional centres (Bunbury and Goldfields) and six metro centres. Centrecare’s work is diverse with services ranging from migration, counselling, relationship, out of home care, domestic violence, and gambling services to working with disadvantaged families and corrective services clients. Catherine brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the Centrecare Community Services portfolio.