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Northern Territory BMC

Committee Members

Brett Barney

I am a social worker with the Department of Human Services. I have been in Katherine since 2016 and have no intention of going anywhere else fast! I work in Katherine, and as a remote social worker, covering the Kimberley/Katherine Region across Northern Australia. I have been a statutory social worker since 2001, but also have experience in the private sector. I worked as an independent contractor, conducting relative and kinship care assessments; and re-unification assessments to child protection agencies (via a third party organisation) in QLD, NSW, Victoria, SA, and WA. I studied via correspondence at Monash University. My passion is rights-based social work, and ensuring that the human rights of the most vulnerable people in our society are upheld. I also want to make sure that the voices of our rural and remote social workers across the NT are heard, so that we may continue to recruit social workers where they are most needed.

Lauren Buckley

I graduated as a social worker from the University of Queensland, and arrived in Alice Springs in 2009 on a camping trip that has continued for ten years! My speciality areas are clinical supervision, somatic trauma release, and alcohol and other drugs/mental health. I have my own private practice providing supervision and attachment and trauma therapy, and also work as the director of an Aboriginal health workforce across over 30 communities in the Territory from the Top End to Central Australia. I've worked in health centres from Arnhem Land to the Tiwi Islands, to the border of SA for the past 8 years. I provide training for health professionals in drug and alcohol assessment and interventions, vicarious trauma, and mental health. I also am the creator of multiple Territory-specific drug and alcohol and mental health resources for Aboriginal people in remote settings. I have a passion for workforce development and supervision, and that all human services professionals have access to quality, meaningful supervision that supports them in their profession.

Mary Wellington

I am a passionate, experienced allied health professional with skills in leadership and project management; delivery of high-quality, client centered support; community consultation and development; and in delivering high-level quantitative and qualitative results that exceed the expectations of funding bodies. I hold two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Social Work from Flinders University. I relocated to Darwin from my home town of Adelaide in 2020, having worked within the youth homelessness, youth justice, adult justice, family mental health and childhood trauma sectors in metropolitan, regional and remote settings. Prior to this, I worked for the National Association of Social Workers in Providence, RI focusing primarily on policy and advocacy. Currently I lead a team of counsellors, case managers and support workers across the NT delivering various programs relating to childhood trauma, abuse and institutionalization for a national not-for-profit organisation. My areas of specialty include complex trauma, forensic social work and community-reintegration, service design and management, drug and alcohol harm minimization and cross-cultural service provision.

Elisa Cottrill

Bio coming soon

Branch Services Coordinator

For more information please email or phone 03 9320 1000

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers