Far-North Queensland

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 Hugh Woolford
Phone: 0407153211
Hugh completed a Batchelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in 1984 and after some years of working in community health settings completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology at UQ in 1993 and is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Over the past 30 years Hugh has worked as a clinician with children, adults and older adults in community, hospital and institutional settings in Australia and England. He has a wide range of interests including end-of-life issues and more complex presentations and believes EMDR is an extremely effective therapy.


Mr Nicholas Chizzoni
Nicholas is a generally registered psychologist and has been working predominantly with children and adolescents for over 6 years in government, non-government and private settings. Nicholas more recently relocated to North Queensland from the remote NSW mining town of Broken Hill. During his time there, Nicholas worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and provided psychological intervention to some of the most remote communities and stations within NSW. He maintains an interest to provide psychological intervention to those living in regional and remote areas where service access is limited. Nicholas looks forward to contributing to the profession of psychology through his role of secretary and providing a welcoming atmosphere for all psychologists within the Far North Queensland Region.


Ms Bonny Bryen
Phone: 0428994415
Bonny Bryen B Psych (Hons) since graduating from James Cook University Cairns in 2002 I have worked for NGO, Government and Private organisations. Providing services to meet the needs of diverse client groups including Rural and Remote communities in North West QLD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation service, Child & Youth Mental Health service, Disability Services, Private Hospital and Private Practices. I am an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor 4 + 2 and 5 + 1 pathways.

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Dr Helen Mason
Dr Helen Mason is a registered General Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor. She has worked in private practice and the not-for-profit sector since 2008. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS). She is currently Head of Course for the Master of Professional Psychology at CQUniversity and working in private practice on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Mrs Lynnette Hards
Provisional Psychologist participating in the 4 + 2 internship program with QLD Health within the Mobile Intensive Rehabilitation Team. Passionate about helping people to realise their goals and contribute towards a positive community. A skilled researcher with a diverse range of professional skills and demonstrated capacity to build strong multi-sectorial partnerships.

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Dr Pauline Walter

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Mrs Tania McKirdy

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Mrs Laura Love

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Ms Niamh Keane
Phone: 0458118618
I am a Psychologist (Clinical Registrar) with a background in acute and community mental health. I have also worked in the private sector in employment, youth and school environments. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Ms Samantha Carruthers
Samantha Carruthers, Psychologist and Director of Anahata Psychology and Consulting. Since graduating in 1996, she has worked in clinical, counselling, forensic and organisational psychology settings in Australia and the UK. She specialised in leadership development in the health and higher education sectors, while maintaining her private practice as a psychologist (est. 2007).

Through her private practice Samantha works with adults, as well as consults into organisations and contributes to research teams. She has authored peer reviewed publications, in leadership development, transformational change and organisational culture. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a AHPRA Approved Supervisor. Outside of work, she’s learning to be a yoga teacher, as well as training her labradoodle to be a therapy dog. Samantha is also raising two beautiful and interesting children.