APACS National Committee

The APACS National Committee (Executive & State Representatives) is made up of individuals from the various State and Territory organisations.​

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BRIAN DAY

 President

2020 – Current

​​b.day@apacs.org.au

Brian Day lives in Brisbane and is employed as a Senior Guidance Officer by the Queensland Department of Education.  Brian is an educational and developmental psychologist with over 25 years of experience working in various positions in the education and psychology sectors.  He has worked in regional and remote regions of Queensland and New South Wales and has interests in mental health and well-being, learning disabilities, engagement and making a positive difference in the  lives of students and their families. Brian is also the current President of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association.

 

Brian is pleased to extend his work beyond Queensland to the national level through APACS -  supporting colleagues across Australia in the exchange of up-to-date professional knowledge in current research and practice for the benefit of students and their families.

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COOSJE GRIFFITHS

Secretary 

1998 - Current

​​c.griffiths@apacs.org.au

Coosje is a trained teacher and registered psychologist. She currently works part-time as a senior psychologist for the Department of WA and as an educational consultant on various school projects. Coosje is on the Editorial Panel of the APACS Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors, for which she provides regular peer reviews. Coosje previously served as AGCA/APACS President 1998-2000. She provided leadership in the Commonwealth funded AGCA MindMatters Plus initiative and has also served as APACS membership secretary and WA representative

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JENEANE WRIGHT

Newsletter Editor

& Queensland State Representative

2017 – Current

​​j.wright@apacs.org.au

Jeneane has been on the QGCA executive for nearly 20 years and was recently awarded QGCA Life Membership. She has served as President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor and her current role of Secretary.   She is now retired after a career as a primary teacher, guidance officer, senior guidance officer and Regional Coordinator of the National More Support for Students with Disability Project. She continues to enjoy contracts in schools working as a guidance officer, and has professional interest in psychoeducational assessment, supervision and learning disabilities.

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MELISSA OSBORN

Newsletter Editor Assistant

& South Australian State Representative  

2015 – Current

​​m.osborn@apacs.org.au

Melissa joined the APACS SA Executive Committee in 2014, before joining the National Executive Committee as state representative in 2015. Melissa also supports the Newsletter Editor in an assistant role. Melissa has worked with children and adolescents since 2013 in both the private and public sector. Presently, Melissa works as a Senior Psychologist within the Department for Education Student Support Services.

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DENISE HARDINGHAM

Promotions Assistant/ Technology Assistance

& New South Wales

State Representative 

2020 – Current

​​d.hardingham@apacs.org.au

Denise is a registered psychologist and qualified teacher currently working in the role of School Counsellor for the NSW Department of Education. Denise has spent a significant proportion of her career in the disability sector as a service manager, project coordinator and caseworker across government, NGO and private organisations.

She has been a member of APACS NSW for seven years, serving on the committee since 2019. 

In 2018 Denise co-presented at the International School Psychologists Association conference in Japan on evidence-based practices in psychotherapy delivered in schools.

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POSITION VACANT

Western Australia State Representative

State representatives are elected to the committee by the relevant affiliated organisation.

Interested members in WA (members of SPA WA) should discuss this role with their committee.

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EILEEN KURUCKCHI

Ex-Officio Past President

2018 – Current

​​e.kuruckchi@apacs.org.au

​Eileen is a registered psychologist with over 30 years’ experience working in both Western Australian and Victorian government schools.  She is currently employed as a Lead School Psychologist with the Western Australian Department of Education.  Eileen served as President of the School Psychologists' Association of WA from 2014 - 2016 and was elected President of APACS in 2018.  She has particular interest in the promotion of safe and supportive schools, leadership development, and positive organisational cultures.  Eileen is also an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University where she provides Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor training.

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BRIAN BAZZO

Membership Secretary​

2018 – Current

​​b.bazzo@apacs.org.au

Brian has worked in schools as a teacher, school counsellor/psychologist, District Guidance Officer and in State Office as an in-service teacher trainer and then manager of the international students’ program in NSW government schools. He has worked across NSW in metropolitan and rural areas. In semi-retirement he worked as a casual school counsellor/psychologist in Northern Sydney and on the Central Coast until last year. Brian has been a member of APACS (and formally AGCA) since 1990 and been NSW Membership Secretary for 5 years. His significant areas of interest in working with students have been managing critical and traumatic incidents in schools, child protection, self-harm and grief. Brian has been author and co-author of a number of publications including the social skills books LifeScience and Junior LifeScience. 

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JOHN NOBLE

​Treasurer

2016 – Current

​​j.noble@apacs.org.au

After happily assisting school communities in various regions of NSW for 40+ years in numerous roles (K-6 Teacher, Special Education, Principal, School psychologist, Regional Services Coordinator), John chose in retirement to assist promote APACS as a wonderful professionally supportive organisation for School Psychologists and Counsellors.

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MARILYN CAMPBELL

Journal Editor 

2007 – Current

​​m.campbell@apacs.org.au

Twitter @profmacampbell

Professor Marilyn Campbell served as QGCA president for seven years and in 2007 took up the editorship of the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. Marilyn has taught in infants, primary and secondary schools, been a teacher-librarian and a school counsellor. Presently she is at the Queensland University of Technology teaching in educational psychology. Her research interests are in anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence, school counsellor services and bullying including cyberbullying.

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SUSAN COLMAR

Applied Practices Editor

2005 – Current

​​s.colmar@apacs.org.au

Associate Professor Susan Colmar is the Editor of the Applied Practices section of the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. Initially, Susan was the NSW representative on the National Committee. In 2011, she successfully proposed establishing Applied Practices and was elected as editor. She attends APACS committee meetings regularly in this role, contributing at meetings and as part of relevant working parties. Susan has trained school counsellors, who are psychologists in NSW, at Western Sydney University for eight years and The University of Sydney for seventeen years. She is retiring in July 2020 but will remain committed to continuing working with APACS.

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TRINA CUMMINS

​Trina is the inaugural Director of Counselling at Immanuel College, Adelaide, South Australia with more than 21 years' experience in leading wellbeing, counselling and mental health programs across different school sectors (government/independent) in America and Australia. Trina served as a founding member on the Community Advisory Committee for the South Australian Mental Health Commission and is a member of the Education Committee for Concordia College. Trina was elected founding Chair of the South Australian Positive Education Schools Association Chapter and was chosen to participate in the inaugural National Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship. Trina is a doctoral candidate at the University of Adelaide with her PhD research investigating mental health services in education to enhance student wellbeing and academic outcomes.

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SANDRA WIGGINS

Tasmania State 

Representative

2009 – Current

​​s.wiggins@apacs.org.au

Sandra first joined the APACS (then AGCA) National Committee in 2009 when she became Tasmanian State President and TSPA State Representative. She has also served as the APACS Membership Secretary. Sandra has been a School Psychologist since 1996, working in both Victoria and Tasmania, and across the government and independent sectors. She also graduated with a Master of Teaching in 2019 and is a registered teacher and psychologist.

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