NSW North Coast

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.
 

Chair

Ms Caroline Raphael
Caroline Raphael has been practicing as a psychologist since 2000 and has been an active member of the North Coast Committee and of Psychology and Integrative Mental Health, both of which she has found very enriching and rewarding. She loves the profession of psychology and finds being on the APS Committees a great way to give back and support the development of the profession. She encourages all members to contribute in any way they can, because with us all we can only be greater.

Secretary

Ms Alex McCord
Alex is a psychologist working in both private practice and the public health system. She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of New England. She completed her BA summa cum laude at City University of New York, followed by Honours and a Master of Professional Psychology at UNE. Her honours thesis was awarded the 2019 Elsie Harwood Award and published in the July 2020 issue of Computers in Human Behaviour. It investigated the impact of action video game play on domains of executive function with older adults aged 80-99. Her areas of experience include older adults as well as youth and family mental health in counselling, assessment, intervention and psychometric testing. She has additionally collaborated with Australian universities in a research and presentation capacity.

Treasurer

Mr Carl Moore

Committee Member

Ms Justine Guttridge

Committee Member

Dr Louise Horstmanshof
Louise joined the APS as a student in 1993, and has been a full member for over 20 years. She works as a psychologist engaged in a variety of roles, mostly as academic and researcher.
Louise has served as a committee member of the North Coast Branch for over 10 years and is a member of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group of NSW.
Her research interests and publications cover a range of topics that include the Management of loneliness in Aged Care Residents, Deaf people communicating via SMS, Hearing loss and its impact on residents in long term care facilities, Older adults who move into independent living units, and the evaluation of a regional Dementia Health Literacy Project. She is a reviewer for several national and international peer reviewed journals.

Louise is on the steering committee of the Ballina Dementia Friendly Alliance, serves on the Regional Executive of the North Coast UPA and is Director of Postgraduate Education, School of Health & Human Sciences at SCU.

Committee Member

Mr Eric Belling

Committee Member

Ms Sarah Campbell
Passionate about holding space for all forms of the human condition, I am a clinical psychologist and part of a phenomenal team at Ascending Psychology. Together, we work to create a welcoming and healing space for people to reflect and grow through the tragedies and pain that are so often inflicted as we navigate this human experience. Inspired by the ancient wisdom accumulated from civilizations that were more deeply connected to nature, the spiritual teachings of cultures and collective societies, and the modern scientific technologies that we have available now, I hope to continue to learn and grow with all that we have available to us as a species. As part of this, I draw on experiences and lessons gained from working in forensic hospitals, high secure prisons, remote Aboriginal communities, offshore processing centers in Nauru and PNG, and in private practice as both a clinician and the director of a group practice.

Committee Member

Dr Manon Burgat
Phone: 0400125881
A longstanding interest in human experiences, mental health, and working with people in ways that lead to meaningful change led Manon to complete a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) in 2013. Her doctoral thesis focused on non-suicidal self-injury, emotion regulation, and attachment.
Manon is currently the director of a private psychology practice based in the Northern Rivers (NSW), leading a team of allied health clinicians. Prior to this, she was in a senior management role within the out-of-home care sector. Before moving to the Northern Rivers in 2019, Manon worked in specialist mental health services in Melbourne for approximately 7 years, across primary health, public mental health, and private practice settings. She has benefited from experience, training, and supervision within leading youth mental health services. She has acquired supervision, leadership, consultation, research, and training skills.

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Student Representative

Miss Natalie Elliott

Student Representative

Position vacant