Riverina

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

Mr Daniel Hayes
Born and raised in Wagga Wagga I completed my undergraduate and honours at CSU Wagga Wagga in 2002. After completing the 4+2 pathway while working at Junee Correctional Centre I relocated to Griffith as the Adolescent Psychologist for the then named Murrumbidgee Division of General Practice. I moved back to Wagga in 2007 to be close to my yet-to-be-born daughter where I worked at CSU as the Student Counsellor before moving to the now Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. Outside of work I love watching movies, hanging out with my kid, watching the mighty Hawks, and being on Wagga Council.

Secretary

Ms Pamela McDonald
Pamela completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales studying B.Science (Hons Psychology) & B. Arts (Major Sociology). Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she commenced work as a research assistant at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, conducting post and follow assessments with clients of various presentations (i.e., PTSD, Complex PTSD, Depression, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, & GAD). Additionally, Pamela also worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder using ABA therapy on the weekend.
In 2014, Pamela commenced her postgraduate degree in Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Pamela has since returned to Wagga, currently working for MLHD in mental health as a clinical psychologist registrar. Pamela is passionate about research and mental health, in particular, eating disorders and trauma.
Her other interests include volunteer work, nature, and public speaking.

Treasurer

Mr John D'Alessandro
Phone: 0428160665
John has worked across a number of fields. After a brief stint at the Royal Australian Naval College, he went on to become a science teacher and retrained to be a School Counsellor, both areas being highly rewarding and enjoyable.
Taking a break from his career to pursue other interests, John has worked in NSW Mental Health as a Senior Psychologist, at the NSW Centre for Effective Reading as a Senior Psychologist and at ADHC as a psychologist and manager.
John has run a successful and thriving private practice both on a part time and full time basis but has recently returned to the NSW Department of Education to continue his work as a school counsellor and psychologist.

Committee Member

Mrs Anne Egan
Born and raised in Wagga Wagga. I completed my Undergraduate Degree and Diploma of Teaching at University of New England. Following a stint of casual teaching I returned to study to get postgraduate qualifications in Special Education. Following this I taught for 10 years (5 as Assistant Principal Support) in the support Unit at Tolland Public School. I then retrained as a school counsellor in 2005/2006 gaining postgraduate Psychology qualifications and providing service to Schools across the District. I became fully registered in 2009 and completed training to become a Supervisor in 2014.
After many years working for the NSW Dept of Education I am currently employed by Kurrajong Waratah as a psychologist in their Early Intervention Service. Supporting families of children with disabilities 0-5 years.
I am happily married with three children and enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. Other interests include:- bushwalking/trekking, travel and the beach.

Committee Member

Mrs Annette Hunt
Phone: 0438893389
I currently work in private practice in Coolamon. I work mainly with children and adolescents around a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and behavioural disorders. I also offer a range of psychological and educational assessments.

I have previously worked at Headspace and as a School Counsellor in NSW Public Schools.

Committee Member

Mr Stephen McMullen

Committee Member

Ms Jennifer Wilson

Student Representative

Miss Samantha Parsons
BSocSc(Psych)(Hons) - Charles Sturt University Grad Dip Psych - Charles Sturt University BA-BCom - University of Wollongong

Samantha is a Provisional Psychologist, recently commencing with Thrive Psychology. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Charles Sturt University. Samantha previously completed a double degree from University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management).

Samantha began Psychology with the interest in aiding people to find lasting ways of coping and achieving overall wellbeing in their lives. Samantha draws upon the theoretical foundations of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, mindfulness, goal setting and change management. Samantha is interested in psychological issues of depression, anxiety, child and adolescent concerns and resilience.