Military and Emergency Services and Psychology

Committee Information

APS Interest Groups support members with special interests, assist communication between members interested in similar fields and advise the APS on issues related to their area of interest. Interest Group membership is open to all APS members and Interest group committee members are volunteer roles.


Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. If you are intersted in joining the committee, click here to complete an expression of interest/nomination form to be considered. Please feel free to contact Interest Group committee members or APS Member Groups ([email protected]) with any queries or suggestions about the engagement for members of this Interest Group around Australia.



Ms Carolyn Heward
I'm a clinical psychologist and PSYBA supervisor. I have held leadership positions within the public service and have experience with mental health and organisational sectors, including public health, NGOs, universities, private practice, and the military. In the past 10 years, I have worked with the Defence Force both internally and externally in civilian mental health professional roles. As of the past year, I have left the Defence sector to take up a position as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at James Cook University.

Over the past 10+ years, I have been an executive member of the NQ APS Branch, most recently serving as Chair for three years. During this period I have also served as Secretary for the APS Queensland Branch. In my professional career, I have worked extensively with the Australian Defence Force, and it is the subject of my doctoral research. I am very interested in the military and emergency services interest group and maintaining its progression.


Mr Bruce Van Haeften


Mr Murray Ashby

Committee Member

Dr Tarmala Caple

Committee Member

Mr David Paterson

Committee Member

Ms Anita Savic

Committee Member

Dr Carolyn Deans
Carolyn is a clinical psychologist with a focus on military and veteran mental health, resilience interventions and trauma. She is currently the Mental Health Advisor at RSL Victoria.

Carolyn has worked as a uniform military psychologist for 20+ years including on military deployments. She has conducted trauma education and research, and consulted on managing staff in challenging work environments, transition from uniform service, and veteran mental health.

Carolyn is a researcher and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Victoria University and previously worked at Phoenix Australia at the University of Melbourne.

Committee Member

Dr Loretta Poerio

Committee Member

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant