About the staff

Christine

Christine

Manager

Christine has over 18 years’ experience working with non-government agencies in the social welfare field. She has a BA Welfare Studies and is currently undertaking a Masters in Social Work at Charles Sturt University. Christine has a background in Child Protection through Family and Community Services, Mental Health and Youth Homelessness, in particular management of several NGO’s as well as Community Development and Alternate Education Programs

Christine is a strong advocate for social justice and is passionate about working together as a community to create change.

Axel

Axel

Outreach Worker

Axel commenced with Guthrie House in 2010 and holds a Diploma in Community Service and Welfare and a Diploma in NGO Leadership and Management. Axel brings significant AOD experience to the role of Outreach Worker and Case Manager having worked as a Health Education Officer and Administrator at the Resource and Education Program for Injecting Drug Users (REPIDU) at Redfern.

Axel plays a key role at Guthrie House through delivering the Smart Recovery Program and Womens Choice and Change to the clients participating in both the residential and outreach components of the Program and leading the Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES) (Certificate) accreditation process through QIP (Quality Innovation Performance).

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) at Western Sydney University.

Julie

Julie

Family Worker

Julie is a counsellor and commenced as a case manager at Guthrie House in October 2015. Julie has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Counselling) and has almost completed a Masters of Social Work at RMIT University.

Julie commenced in the position of Family Worker in February 2016 and currently works with pregnant women supporting them through antenatal and on to postnatal care. Julie assists women who have children in their care and also women who have children involved in FaCS, Children’s Court and Family Court matters.

Julie brings with her several years of experience in the AOD sector, having worked at other residential facilities both in NSW and Victoria. Julie provides group facilitation around relapse prevention, Women’s Choice and Change, Circle of Security and Magic 123.

Wendy

Wendy

Residential Support Worker

Wendy has been employed at Guthrie House for some five years in the capacity of Residential Support Worker (RSW). Wendy holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology and a Diploma of Drug and Alcohol. Wendy brings extensive experience to Guthrie House through having worked at Juvenile Justice NSW.

Robyn

Robyn

Aboriginal Support Worker

Robyn commenced employment at Guthrie House in 2014. She has worked at various government and non-government organisations including ATSIC for 3 years. Robyn is a proud Dunghutti women and a dedicated worker bringing compassion and commitment to her work with clients. Robyn delivers a weekly cultural art group for all clients, facilitates the Guthrie House Cultural Inclusion working party and organises different Guthrie House and NAIDOC events. She provides cultural consultations and casework support to the Guthrie House women and is widely known and respected in the local community. Robyn is currently studying a Certificate IV in Community Services.

Laura

Laura

Administration and Finance Officer

Laura commenced her employment at Guthrie House in February 2016. Prior to this, she was employed by various corporate organisations, and brings 9 years of administration, finance, executive support and human resources experience and knowledge with her. During her first 6 months at Guthrie House, Laura completed her Certificate IV in Community Services and has quickly developed a keen interest in the Community Services and Criminology field.

Helen

Mental Health Worker

Helen is an established mental health worker who has been working in the field of Mental Health and Addiction for the past 10 years. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and has done extensive post graduate training both locally and internationally.

Helen has worked in both the private and public sectors and brings with her a wealth of experience. She is a Clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and her experience and passion for this work is an asset to the team at Guthrie House.

Wanda

Wanda

Residential Support Worker

Wanda is the longest-serving staff member at Guthrie House, which reflects her passion and commitment in relation to working with the client group. Wanda holds a number of tertiary qualifications including an Associate Diploma in Social Science and an Advanced Certificate in Community Welfare. Wanda brings to her role extensive experience in the non-government sector, in particular community-based agencies; and her knowledge, skills and experience are an asset to the team.

Laurell

Laurell

Case Manager

Laurell has extensive and diverse experience in accountancy, administration and human resources. She has streamlined Guthrie House’s staff resources and financial systems. Laurell’s many educational qualifications include a Diploma in Financial Management, Cert IV in Small Business, Cert IV in Community Services, Cert III in Mental Health and Cert IV in Human Resources. She is in her final semester in a Bachelor of Community Services at Western Sydney University.

Laurell delivers the SMART Recovery Program with both Residential and Outreach Clients.

Leah

Leah

Health Worker

Leah has a Bachelor Science in Nutrition and Population Health and holds a Diploma in Community Welfare. Leah has worked in women’s crisis accommodation services for almost 20 years and has always held a strong interest in the overall health needs of women experiencing homelessness.

Leah is the Health Worker at Guthrie House; her role involves assisting clients with their health outcomes and she achieves this though one-on-one consultation with the clients and facilitates group education sessions on a variety of health, physical activity and nutrition topics.

Giselle

Residential Support Worker

Giselle has been employed at Guthrie House for 6 years as a casual before moving on to a permanent position as Residential Support Worker.

She holds a Certificate IV in Community Welfare (AOD & Mental Health), a Diploma in Community Welfare, is currently completing a Social Work degree and is a member of AASW.

Giselle has worked in various NGOs and has extensive experience within the community services sector. Her previous experience includes: AOD Case Work, support work in specialist homelessness services and has also supported women and children involved in domestic and family violence. Giselle works within a trauma-informed framework and is committed to culturally inclusive practices.