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 NGOs 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 Women’s 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).

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 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 New South Wales and Victoria. Julie provides group facilitation around relapse prevention, Women’s Choice and Change, Circle of Security and Magic 1,2,3.

Wendy

Wendy

Mental Health 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.

Lillian

Lillian

Aboriginal Support Worker

Lillian is a Community Worker with over 17 years’ experience working in the Social and Community sector. She is a knowledgeable and dedicated Bundjalung Woman who has worked at various government and non-government organisations including Child Protection with FaCS, Out of Home Care, Domestic Violence Services and Aboriginal Housing Services. Lillian 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 brings generations of experience with her community. Lillian is a valuable member of the Guthrie House team.

Gracia

Gracia

Administration and Finance Officer

Gracia joined Guthrie House from August 2018 as Finance and Administration Officer. Gracia brings extensive knowledge and experiences in office management, finance, marketing and executive support within the Media industry.

Tara

Tara

Mental Health Worker

Tara is a registered nurse with over 10 years’ experience working in hospitals in London and Sydney. Tara brings with her extensive nursing experience from all clinical specialities, including Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre and Acute Mental Health Units at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

In recent years she has worked in residential rehabs supporting clients going through the drug and alcohol withdrawal process, many of which are living with comorbid mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Tara brings a wealth of experience in the areas of addiction and mental health.

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 assets to the team.

Laurell

Laurell

Case Manager

Laurell commenced employment with Guthrie House in June 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Community Welfare in addition to a vast array of other tertiary qualifications. Laurell is a dedicated and resourceful staff member with versatile skills that have been attained over many years of experience for a diverse range of employers, including the NGO Community Welfare Sector.

Laurell delivers the SMART Recovery Program and the My Kids and Me Parenting Program with both residential and Outreach clients.

Leah

Leah

Health Worker

Leah has a Bachelor of 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

Giselle

Residential Support Worker

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

She holds a Certificate IV in Community Welfare (AOD and 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 and support work in specialist homelessness services. She 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.