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.


Ms Renee McAllister
I am currently Regional Director North Queensland for Act for Kids, a non-government organisation which works to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. I have been with Act for Kids for 8 years and prior to that I worked in a number of different areas of psychology including private practice, QLD Corrections, Child and Youth Mental Health, Beyond Blue National Post Natal Depression Project and as an organisational consultant in Australia and overseas.

I have been an active member of the APS at both state and regional level for a while as I value the support and professional growth which comes from being a member of my professional body.


Mrs Jutta Dempsey
I am practising mostly within a Child and Family Mental Health area in Private practice (Directions), and have done so since 1996, having previously worked within schools both in Australia and Overseas as well as in Child and Youth Mental Health.
Private Practise brings a different perspective to the types of events (times, topics and networking) that would be of interest and value and I hope that members will share their preferences with me so that the North Queensland APS branch can be relevant to even more members.
As a supervisor, I also have an interest in the 4 plus 2 pathway and the need to make this more accommodating for graduates so that the psychological profession can gain highly trained and valuable members. Our branch networking is able to make this more possible.

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Dr Andrew Birtles
I'm a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with adults, families, and youth. I have worked in a number of psychological settings including working with children and young people, adult clinical issues, psychological assessment, crisis support, career coaching, developing health psychology interventions and sessional teaching at James Cook University. I currently work part-time in private practice at On Bundock, and part-time as the Intensive Therapy Program Team Leader at Act for Kids.

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Ms Lisa Phelan

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Mrs Dannielle Charge

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Ms Carolyn Clark
I’m a Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) with experience in a variety of mental health settings and organisations, and have worked as a clinician, lecturer and researcher.

I have gained experience with a broad range of mental health presentations, and have particular interest in client’s use of alcohol as a maladaptive coping strategy. I’m a proud North Queenslander and long-term JCU alumni, having completed my BPsych and Clinical Masters there, and recently returning to undertake my PhD. When I’m not “attempting” to be a student, I work part-time in private practice at OnBundock.

I have been a part of the APS North Queensland branch committee since 2011, previously as the Treasurer and as of the most recent AGM, the Secretary.

Committee Member

Ms Susan Oaklands