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Northern Territory BMC

Branch President

Emma Wooldridge

I was raised with a strong social justice spirit and never-ending encouragement to explore this. My life journey has taken me many places and over the past 10 years I have been privileged to live, work and learn throughout the Northern Territory. Through a range of work settings I have come to learn the power of bearing witness and how environment shapes identity. These experiences have also prompted a deeper ‘un-learning’, confronting the social narrative and being educated on Australia’s true history. Committed to my own self-care and professional development, I continue to learn about the impacts of trauma and the healing power of stories. You can access my CV via my Linked In profile. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to meeting and supporting the diverse voices of Social Workers across the Northern Territory.

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.

Gretchen Enniss

Working towards a more socially-just society is what drew me to social work more than 20 years ago. I've been very fortunate to have worked in a range of social work roles from employment service case management to community development work in a neighbourhood house. The experiences have crystallized that commitment to social change for a more equitable society. This is what drives me in my profession, and what has inspired me to become a social work educator and researcher. I have been lecturer at CDU for over ten years, and completed my PhD studies here in 2011. Being part of the social work team at CDU brings with it the privilege of working with our next generation of social work practitioners. I appreciate the opportunity to join the NT BMC to continue to build upon the important connections between students, educator and practitioners. My commitment for the NT is long term, having lived here for over 30 years. I want to share that commitment to the NT and to the social work profession as a member of the NT BMC.

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.

Nicole Jacobson

Hi, my name is Nicole. I have lived in Darwin for most of my life and obtained my social work degree in 2004 through Charles Darwin University. I am a proud mother of 5, grandmother of 5 and we are a multicultural family with children being Aboriginal and grandchildren Aboriginal, Vanuatuan, Maori and Italian (much like Darwin’s community). I have worked in the areas of child protection, as a Centrelink Social Worker, domestic violence, housing programs, as a school counsellor and in mental health. I have being a AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker since 2017. I have a particular interest in working with children and young people particularly in the area of childhood trauma and completed a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy in 2017. I also attended the Australian Childhood foundation Intergenerational Trauma conference in Melbourne in July 2018. I love being a social worker in the Northern Territory though feel that much more is needed to address the effects of colonisation, inequity and intergenerational trauma.

Andrew Wiecynski

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Josephine Lee

Josephine is a Gudgula woman from North Queensland. She now lives in the Northern Territory with her husband who is a Larrakia man. Josephine has over 30 years’ experience as a social worker. She won the Mary Moylan Award for Social Worker of the Year in 2018.

She is well-respected within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Josephine is passionate about the need to de-colonise social work practice and to do whatever it takes to empower Aboriginal people to be self-determining and to be able to be a vibrant people.

She is concerned about the continuing sad, bad and mad stories in relation to Aboriginal peoples and their communities. In every discussion she has about Aboriginal matters, she reminds us all the importance of courage and compassion in change for the better.

Kingsley Alley

Bio coming soon

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