Committee Information

The following members of the APS Branch Committee have been elected by APS members in a particular geographical area. Please feel free to contact the  Branch Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for all APS members in this area.


Mr Joshua Bekker
I am a recent addition to the Bendigo region. I’m currently working as the director at a local private practice in Ascot, Eden Psychology.

I have experience working across a broad range of settings, including hospitals, paediatrics, sleep clinics, justice, defence, education, EAP, and private practice.

I’m passionate about supporting our rural communities, in particular having honest conversations about mental health and the benefits of engagement with these services. I feel in today’s climate it is especially important to combat the stigma surrounding mental health.

I’m looking to build a strong presence in the community, contributing to the interconnectedness of psychologists in the region; whilst providing high quality mental health support.


Position vacant


Position vacant

Committee Member

Ms U'Nita Harold

Committee Member

Dr Jessica Griffith
I am passionate about reducing or eliminating the use of coercive practices in clinical care settings for people with intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, ABI and processing differences. My research focuses on early detection and non-coercive intervention for aggression and other challenging or challenged behaviour. I am currently developing new tools to assist in this. I have completed a Doctoral Degree in Clinical and Forensic Psychology and am a Fellow of the Clinical College & Forensic Colleges of the APS, Member of ANZAPPL & Member of IAFMS. Currently, I work with Complex Psychology as a Senior Clinician and in my own private practice, Griffith Psychology (

Committee Member

Dr Naomi Malone
Over the last 15 years living and working as a counselling psychologist in rural Victoria, I have developed a deep connection with and understanding of the values, challenges and culture unique to country people, families and communities. Whether facing drought, floods, financial stress, declining populations, restricted employment opportunities, or a limited availability of services, country people show a deep resilience and generosity of spirit to assist others. I am passionate about providing excellent quality mental health care to rural people, as close to home as possible, providing a space in which all can feel safe, heard and understood. I aim to demystify and destigmatise the mental health struggles we often face, and facilitate people to seek the support they need. By building a team of equally passionate clinicians, it is my hope to provide this support to as many people as I can. I also support other rural mental health clinicians, through clinical supervision and networking