Board of Directors
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Christine has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost three decades. Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Management and is currently completing her PhD in the area of domestic and family violence. Christine was National Vice President of the AASW from 2011- 2017. She has chaired many Committees, including the Governance review of 2015-16. Christine currently lectures full time in the undergraduate and post graduate Social Work Degrees at RMIT University, is an active member of many community groups, including Chair of Project Respect, working with women trafficked into the sex industry. Christine was elected National President in November 2017. Email Christine Craik.
National Vice President
Vittorio Cintio is a National Vice-President, elected in October 2018. Vittorio is based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and has over 40 years’ experience in the health sector and in private practice, counselling individuals and families. Vittorio is currently a social work leader in NSW Health, with management, teaching and research responsibilities. Vittorio was previously on the Board of AASW, having served as a Director between 2010 and 2012. Email Vittorio Cintio.
Suzanne is the proprietor and Director of a counselling practice headquartered in Geelong, Victoria. Suzanne’s practice is dedicated to the provision of excellence in assisting the Geelong community with quality and skilled treatment for life transitions, mental health concerns and health conditions. In addition, Suzanne provides services for individuals and family carers with neurological disorders around adjustment, grief counselling and service system advocacy. Suzanne also provides assistance to allied health professionals in this area with supervision, compassion fatigue and Employee Assistance. Suzanne's practice also supports placements for students and student meeting groups. Suzanne holds BA, BSW and MSW degrees, Mental Health accreditation from AASW and is a Clinical Member of the Australian College of Social Work. She is a co-convenor of the Victorian Social Workers in Private Practice and a Member of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Email Suzanne Doorakkers-Sprague.
Fotina has over 30 years’ experience in direct practice, policy and research and as an educator, most recently nine years as Coordinator of Field Education for the BSW, MSW(Qualifying) and BHS degrees at a major Brisbane university. Children and families, older people, aged care systems, people seeking asylum and refuge and the education and support of social work students and new graduates - are particular areas of interest for Fotina. Fotina served on the AASW Branch Management Committee (Queensland) for ten years, six as President. She has been co-convenor of the Queensland Social Policy sub-committee, Child Protection Practice Group and is a past member and convenor of the National Research Committee. Fotina continues to contribute to the Social Policy Sub Committee and Child, Youth and Family Practice Group. Fotina is on the management committee of the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition and a member of the ANZSWER Committee. Fotina holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Commerce, Doctor of Social Sciences along with a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Fotina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a current affiliate member of the AICD and is a member of the Association’s Standards & Assessment Committee. Email Fotina Hardy.
Brooke was elected as a Director of the Association in October 2018. Brooke is a current practising social worker with almost 20 years’ experience working with Australia’s leading government and non-government agencies, both in the public and private sectors. Brooke is currently undertaking a PhD with a research focus on “Social Work in Practice in the Community Sector”. Brooke resides in Brisbane, Queensland. Email Brooke Kooymans.
Dr Peter Munn OAM
Peter worked as an accountant for five years before undertaking social work. His social work practice includes six years as a frontline social worker and then teaching social work for over 20 years at the University of South Australia, Whyalla Campus. He completed his University career as Dean, Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in Rural Health. From 2005 to December 2016, Peter led Centacare Catholic Country SA during a period of growth in rural South Australia. In 2018, Peter took up the position of Professor in Social Work at Central Queensland University, which he still holds. Peter has had a long-term commitment to rural communities having lived in Whyalla for several decades. Peter has been awarded a knighthood by the Catholic Church in 2017 and an OAM for services to rural education and social services in 2018. Peter is Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. Email Peter Munn.
Jenny has been an AASW Director since October 2017 and currently chairs the Standards and Assessment Committee. She works as a Social Work Student Educator and Emergency Department clinician where her clinical work is mostly trauma based. She has been employed by NSW Health for over 20 years. She has a commitment to ongoing education and has also completed Master of Mental Health (Child and Adolescent), Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Prior to coming onto the Board, she was an active member of the NSW Branch Management Committee for six years. Email Jenny Rose.
Julianne is the CEO and founder of a not-for-profit organisation providing therapeutic interventions and psycho-social support for people living in rural and regional communities in southern New South Wales, through the NDIS, Medicare and other funded programs. Julianne has over 40 years’ experience working in health, community services, community development, policy and program development and implementation and research. She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is in the final stages of her PhD developing a framework for social work practice in palliative and end-of-life care. Julianne is a member of the National Ethics Committee. Email Julianne Whyte.
Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative
Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from North West Queensland with 25 years’ experience as a social worker in rural, remote and urban areas. Linda is particularly passionate about Child Protection after working for seventeen years in this area of social work. Following this Linda commenced working in Queensland Health in a variety of roles including Director of Social Work for North West Hospital and Health Service. Linda currently works in Mental Health. Previously, Linda has been guest lecturer and adjunct lecturer for James Cook University in North Queensland in the areas of social work theory and ethical practice and more recently has presented papers in domestically and internationally in relation to Aboriginal health. Linda is committed to the profession of social work and prior to becoming a National Board member, Linda was past President of the AASW North Queensland Branch. Linda has been full Director of the Board since 1 November 2017. Email Linda Ford.