Psychologist and Founder
Edward was born in the Torres Strait on Waiben (also known as Thursday Island), traditional land and sea’s of the Kaurareg people, however his family connections and home is Masig (also known as Yorke Island), traditional land and sea’s of the Masigalgal people.
After leaving the Torres Strait at a very young age he was raised in and around the township of Taroom (on the Traditional lands of the Yiman people) in South West Queensland and most recently has resided in Central Queensland, specifically Rockhampton on the Traditional lands of the Dharumbal people.
Edward holds full registration as a Generalist Psychologist and is currently the Principal Psychologist and Director of Wakai Waian Healing. He has worked in both State Government Mental Health Services and Indigenous Community based organisations. He is a member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association (AIPA) and the Australian Psychologist Society (APS).
Senior Administration Officer
Julie was born and raised in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, traditional land of the Dharumbal people and acknowledges her family connections and sense of belonging to Masig (also known as Yorke Island), traditional land and sea’s of the Masigalgal people.
Julie completed her senior schooling at Emmaus College and transitioned into a junior position within Queensland Health at the Rockhampton Hospital. From this point Julie sat in many positions over her 22 years with Queensland Health including Accounts Payable Officer, Travel Manager, Payroll Team Leader, Director of Corporate Services and Asset Management Officer within the Financial Services Department. It is through her extensive experiences within Queensland Health that she has obtained valuable knowledge of accounting systems and practices.
Within Wakai Waian Healing Julie is in the Senior Administrative Officer role, where she is responsible for the organisations administration, resourcing and logistical matters at both strategic and operation levels and further maintaining the responsibility for all staff within the organisation within her role.
Julie has plans to study and gain a better knowledge of Accountancy and Business Principles. As a mother Julie acknowledges the cross cultural influences on her life and family and is passionate and genuine about the healing of communities and families.
Chloe was born and raised in the Gladstone area on Gooreng Gooreng, Guran, Baili and Bunda country and is a proud Butchulla woman. Chloe is the granddaughter of Late Mr Gil Thomsen.
Chloe has been working in the Business, Administration, and Information Technology field for over 10 years and has completed qualifications in Business, Leadership and Management and Governance. Chloe has been involved in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and MyAgedCare implementations within a local community organisation, whilst also supporting executive management and leading a team. Chloe has been a part of multiple system developments whilst also having extensive knowledge of quality assurance processes.
Chloe is excited and passionate to be working with Wakai Waian Healing and to have the opportunity to learn more about the different models and practices across the communities. Chloe believes everyone is a leader and to be able to host others you must be able to host yourself first.
Specialised Program Lead
Chris was born in Mackay, raised in Moranbah and comes from the Butchulla (Badtjala) Nation and is a descendant of Garry Owens.
For the last 15 years Chris has been living in Rockhampton (Dharumbal country) and has been developing his skills working with community across the child protection, Social & Emotional Wellbeing and for the last 2 years the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs fields.
Chris brings his skills and knowledge around implementing therapeutic interventions and trauma informed training both in service delivery and to community workers.
Chris has worked in collaboration with multiple services and disciplines, both government and non-government to achieve outcomes for participants.
He has completed his Cert IV in Child, Youth and Family Interventions and went on to complete his diploma for this as well. Within the last 2 years Chris has completed his Diploma in Training, Design and Development and his Certificate IV in Mental Health as a way to further support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and enhance their learning experiences.
Chris is passionate about self-determination, empowerment and supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities succeed in healing individually and collectively.
Annette Dudley acknowledges her Ancestors, Elders and people of the Bailai/Byellee Nation, Tanna Island and Murray Island. Annette extends this acknowledgement to the Yuwibara Nation where she was born and successfully completed her school years and the Dharumbal Nation, the beautiful Country where she lives and works.
Annette has been an advocate for social and emotional wellbeing throughout her career working with Elders, families and youth.
Annette is privileged to be a Director on two Boards, Vice Chairperson of Darumbal Community Youth Services Inc. and a general Director for the Womens Health Information and Referral Service CQ Inc.
Annette is an alumnus of Melbourne University, completing a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.
Annette is currently the Senior Mentor for the Professional Development, Supervision, Mentoring and Self Care program (PDSMS) at Wakai Waian Healing.
Mental Health Stepped Care Service
Julyess was born in Rockhampton, Central Queensland and is a descendent of the Kuinmarrburra clan of the Dharumbal Nation traditional owners of the Rockhampton region and also the Yiman people of Taroom.
After gaining his year 12 Certificate at Kirwan State High School (Townsville) in 2014 Julyess returned to Rockhampton to work at a local Indigenous organisation. Julyess specialised working in programs that supported local Foster and Kinship Carers and then progressed to assist those facing Drug and Alcohol Issues. Currently Julyess is the Team Leader of our Rockhampton Mental Health Stepped Care Service.
Julyess has completed the Professional Development Supervision Mentoring and Self-Care (PDSMS) program at Wakai Waian Healing and also his Cert IV in Mental Health. Julyess is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Central Queensland University. Julyess has aspirations to further his studies to one day become a specialist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Psychologist to pursue his passion of enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous People.
Consumer and Carer Advocate
Sharni is a Barada and Kabalbara woman whose country is from the Central Queensland region around the Middlemount area, the Goodithulla (Wedge Tail Eagle) is the totem of the Barada people. Sharni grew up on Ghungalu country in Blackwater before moving to Rockhampton.
Sharni completed her high school education at Emmaus College and has since had experience in Business Administration and Community Services specifically working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth.
Sharni is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Central Queensland University and is passionate about making a positive contribution to the community; particularly, enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mental Health Stepped Care Service
Julia was born in Melbourne, Victoria, growing up spending many happy days on her grandfather’s farm in Kinglake in Victoria. In her mid-20s, Julia spent much of her time at Mt Beauty and the Kiewa River, Indigenous meaning of “Sweet water”. Julia enjoyed working in the beautiful ski fields and Bogong high plains of that region which is famous for the story of ‘Man from Snowy River’ and being the traditional land of the Indigenous Australian Bidhawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunai-Kurnai and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero peoples.
Julia has been recognised for her work as a supervisor on the South Australian Youth Employment Program (YEP), the Victorian Commonwealth Employment Program (CEP) and International Student Exchange (ISE). The YEP program involved up-skilling vulnerable young people in areas of recognised strengths such as art and design in mural painting to beautify local areas, gardening, farming, carpentry, mechanics, office administration, story writing and in support to design, research and correlate a ‘Youth Resource Manual’ for young people called ‘Heat on the Street’. Julia is an English as a second language teacher and trainer and has had the pleasure of working with culturally and linguistically diverse peoples from around the world, including immigrants and refugees. Julia is an artist and has admired and studied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and art since childhood. In her early 20s, Julia lived in Kununurra in WA and visited missions with a friend that was a social worker and had the privilege of entering onto sacred lands in the North-West of Australia and Northern Territory, sharing culture and lifestyle with the people of that area.
Julia’s background includes Health Science-Complementary Medicine and Nutrition. Julia completed honours in Psychology at CQ University and is finalising her Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Julia is completing her psychology internship at Wakai-Waian Healing to become a Generalist Psychologist. Julia’s passion is in the holistic well-being and healing of communities and families, working with children and adolescents utilising a variety of creative art, narrative & play therapies.
Mental Health Worker
Mental Health Stepped Care Service
Simone was born in Bundaberg and is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka people.
Since graduating high school at Emmaus College Simone has been working, living, and studying in Rockhampton. During 2020 Simone completed her Mental Health Certificate IV and the PDSMS program. Adding to this Simone is in the final stages of her diploma in counselling and is also attending the PDSMS program again in 2021.
Simone is passionate about enhancing the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Kristina was born and raised in Rockhampton, Central Queensland and is a descendant of the traditional landowners of the Rockhampton area, the Dharumbal people. Her totem is the Buderoo (Green Tree Frog) Kristina is the granddaughter of local community elder Ethel Speedy.
Kristina attended Berserker Street State School for her primary education years and graduated from Emmaus College in 2014 with a Certificate II in Business. Kristina has since obtained a Certificate III in Business and Business Administration.
During Kristina’s time at Wakai Waian Healing, she has completed her Certificate IV in Mental Health and the WWH PDSMS Program.
Kristina has a willingness to further her learning while demonstrating empathy, compassion and a professional approach to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in her community.
Melissa is a proud Bailai (Byellee), South Sea Island woman born in Gladstone, Central Queensland.
Melissa has worked in various administration and leadership roles in the Gladstone region and is currently studying a Diploma in Counselling.
Melissa is a board member of the Collective Action, Social Impact (Gladstone Mindcare) and is passionate about ensuring everyone is able to access mental health and wellbeing support services.
Team Leader, Cairns Office
Jon was born in Leeds in the North of England and migrated to Australia with his family at the age of nine. After attending Primary and High School in Cairns, Jon returned back to the UK in his late teens to finish school and complete a BA in Applied Social Science.
Returning back to Cairns in his early twenties Jon, motivated by a passion for social justice, started working in the community services sector in Cairns. Jon feels privileged to have worked for over twenty years in Cairns, Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands, in a wide variety of roles and areas; including child protection, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, families, youth and community development. He feels very privileged to have had the opportunity to have been raised, to raise a family and to live and work in and around the Cairns area; traditional lands of the Yidinji, Djabuggay, Kuku Yalanji and Mamu people.
He is currently completing a Masters of Social Work. Jon feels honoured to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution supporting the capability and capacity of family wellbeing workers in Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.
Capability Officer, Cairns Office
Sara was born in London and developed a strong desire to travel at an early age as her family moved around regularly and travelled extensively throughout Europe.
Sara is a registered New Zealand Social Worker and holds a Degree in Social Services achieved with distinction, as well as an advanced Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology. She has worked for over 20 years in mental health, with Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Alcohol and Other Drug Services and numerous NGO’s, both in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2009 she worked at Apunipima Cape York Health Council as an Early Intervention Specialist Social Worker working predominantly in Aurukun and Napranum. The work focussed on building a strong collaborative working partnership with Royal Flying Doctor Service’s child & maternal team/ Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and Qld Health clinic staff. Sara spent another 5 years working at headspace Cairns and more recently, with Lives Lived Well including Shanty Creek Rehabilitation Centre.
Sara feels very privileged to be part of a new initiative to build capacity for the Family Wellbeing Workers in the communities of Cape York and Torres Strait Islands and looks forward to constructing positive collaborative networks to enhance their work.
Capability Officer, Cairns Office
Helena was born on Waibene Thursday Island in the Zenadth Kes, the land of the Kuarareg Kaiwalagal People. She was raised in Cairns on the land of the Gimuy Wallaburra Yidinji, Yirriganydji and Djapukai and acknowledges her family connections and sense of belonging to the Kulkulgal Nation of the Torres Straits.
Helena has been within the community services sector in various roles since 2011 and commenced her foundational training with Act For Kids as an Indigenous Trainee in conjunction with the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service. Within Wakai Waian Healing, Helena is currently within the Capability Officer position with the Cairns team and is passionate about working with and in support of her community from a traditional and self-determination perspective in addressing service delivery.
Helena is working towards completing her dual degree BA Business – BA Psychology and is currently completing her final year in a Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
Thursday Island Team
Team Leader/Mental Health Worker
Thursday Island Office
Shanna was born on Thursday Island, North Queensland, she is a proud Gudhamadhi laig, who married into the Risau clan of the Masigilgal people in the Kulkalgal tribe, of the Central Islands. She is also part of the Samsep clan of Ugar am Le, Piadram, Dauareb, Magaram, tribes of Werbadu village of Meriam Mer. She is also a descendant of the KuKuyalanji tribe of north Queensland, and Girramay tribe of Cardwell.
After finishing school, she started a traineeship at the Thursday Island Hospital. Then worked at the Star of the Sea Home for the Elderly. Coming back to work for Queensland Health, as a cardiac rehabilitation health worker, rehabilitating clients who experienced a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Currently Shanna is the Team Leader on Thursday Island, with Wakai Waian Healing. Shanna’s role is to provide management, leadership, and direct support to the Thursday Island WWH SEW/MH team in the delivery of mental health/ social and emotional wellbeing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Torres Strait Region.
Shanna has completed her certificate IV in Mental Health and the WWH PDSMS program.
Shanna is currently completing her Diploma in Leadership and Management; on completion she would like to further her studies in the mental health field.
Community and Cultural Advocate,
Thursday Island Office
Bob was born on Waibene Thursday Island in the Zenadth Kes, the land of the Kuarareg Kaiwalagal People. He was raised on Murray Island. Throughout most of his childhood and at the later part of his teenage life he started to explore life outside from Murray. Bob is a proud Meriam Le (Murray Islander) his tribe is the Komet Tribe on Mer Island and his wind is Koki Wag which is the North West wind, and his Totem is Wanpun which is a Gecko. He is also a Dauareb and a Meuram clansman through bloodline.
Bob is also a descendant of Butchulla Tribe, his great, great grandmother Mary Pentecost is a full blood Aboriginal woman from Fraser Island South East of Queensland.
The first eighteen years of growing up on Murray Island he was taught a lot of the Cultural Teachings and Traditional Practices, learnt about their Customary Laws and Lore around the way of life as a Murray Islander.
Bob lived and served a term in the Local Government as a councillor for Murray Island Community. He completed a Diploma of Leadership and Management: Organisational Leadership through Australian Institute of Management] Cairns, QLD. He also completed a Graduate Diploma Indigenous Health Promotion: Health and Wellness University of Sydney, and he has a Cert III in Fitness and Nutrition: Health and Physical Fitness Fitnance Australia – Brisbane QLD
Bob is a local artist who has a passion for paintings on canvas, carvings, screen-prints and loves his gardening. A creative and innovative thinker, singer songwriter, records and produces his own music.
His personal Quote “ A man chooses the path that he walks on, his soul feeds on the challenges that he is faced with. He becomes a warrior by his own determination, fighting against the system”.
Mental Health Worker Trainee, Thursday Island Office
Milisont Siai Rose Sailor is a proud descendent of the Meriam Le (Murray Island people) and Erubam Le (Darnley Island people) with strong European bloodlines of the Irish, Scottish & French. She has always seen her experience as a bridge between two worlds that still continue to be divided by our differences and our trauma.
Being born on Turrbal Country (Brisbane) and living on Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast), Alngith (Weipa), Yidiny (Cairns), Erub and currently Kaurareg (Thursday Island) Country, Milisont has a lived experience of the strengths and challenges in urban, rural and remote communities. Milisont also has a growing knowledge of the cultural protocols and lore belonging to both First Nations Australian cultures and extensive knowledge on the lore and history of her roots of the northern hemisphere.
Milisont views social and emotional wellbeing as the foundation for physical and mental health. It is a holistic concept which results from a network of relationships between individuals, family, kin and community. She recognises the importance of connection to land, culture, spirituality and ancestry, and how these affect the individual, holistic and whole-of-life definition of health held by First Nations peoples. Milisont has a specific interest in the social, emotional and spiritual liberation of girls and women.
Passion is the driving force behind everything Milisont sets her mind to. She loves dancing, creative writing and is a passionate believer in self-love. A young woman on a double mission to become her most authentic self and shine her light so others will feel encouraged to do the same and celebrate each other’s differences.
Mental Health Worker Trainee, Thursday Island Office
Maria was born in Kaurareg Country but is from the Central Islands of the Torres Strait (Kulkalgal Country). She was raised on two of the Central Islands, Warraber & Iama. Her totems are Koedal and Wamerr.
Maria’s always had an interest in the field of social work and psychology. She has worked in areas of Social Housing, Human Services, Student Welfare, Community Services (Early Intervention) & Early Childhood Education and Care Services.
Maria commenced working as a Trainee Mental Health Worker at Wakai Waian Healing after completion of a Diploma in Mental Health. She is currently undertaking a Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and undertaking the WWH Professional Development, Supervision, Mentoring, Self-Care Program. On completion of her trainee program, she hopes to continue her work as a mental health worker, further developing her skills to better service outer island communities.
Administration Officer, Thursday Island Office
Florria was born on the land of Yuggera, Brisbane but raised back home on Waibene, commonly known as Thursday Island. Florria’s home is Masig (Yorke Island). She practices the traditional way of life and understand the many roles within her culture. She grew up learning her Kulkalgal culture (central islands of the Torres Strait). Singing, dancing, traditional practices and the history of her people and understands her family history and extended connections within the Torres Strait.
Florria attended and completed secondary schooling in the land of Yidinjdji, Cairns. She began working in Business and Administration developing her skills within many businesses. After 8 years of living in that location, she decided to return home and continues to further her work experience within Business and Administration. She aims to complete business qualifications as she has other career desires, but aspires to own her own business. She has a passion for fashion and is a huge advocate for fitness & health. With these interests and aspirations she aims to form a career path that can allow her to do it all. Florria is currently studying a Certificate IV in Health Administration
Florria has been active in sharing her fitness journey and passion for fitness, health and wellbeing. Consistently sharing the importance of health and fitness and how it has a huge impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. With a growing passion for fitness & health with her way of living she has humbly inspired many people to better their fitness and health not only with her own people, but to many others in the World.
Although Florria is undertaking a business administrative role with Wakai Waian Healing, with her passions, positive energy and influences she hopes to continue inspiring and helping her people. But most importantly she hopes to encourage and inspire the younger generation of the Torres Strait with their dreams and aspirations as they are our future.
Key Staffing Partnerships
Troy Holland has worked as a psychologist for 18 years in Queensland across public, community and independent practice settings. He currently runs a practice named Quiet Place in Strathpine which he understands to be located on the traditional lands of the Turrball, Kabi and Waka peoples.
As a whitefella Australian man of mostly Cornish and Irish descent he sees himself as very privileged to have worked closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities for over 10 years in Central Queensland. He learned respectful practices and two-way learning journeys are vitally important. He documented aspects of these learnings in the article “Two-way learning as respectful community practice: Knowledge stories of the Men of the Mimosa Creek Healing Centre”.
Troy is also an accredited supervisor for the Psychology Board of Australia and an international faculty member of the Dulwich Centre Foundation. He is strongly influenced by narrative therapy and community work which locates people as the ‘experts of their own lives’ and acknowledges and responds to the effects of historical and current injustices on peoples’ lives.
Troy has a long and valued working and friendship associations with Edward Mosby. Quiet Place is honoured to be invited to collaborate with Wakai Waian Healing in their work on Waiben and with the peoples of the Torres Strait Islands.
Tracey is a proud Butchulla woman that now lives on Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Baili and Bunda country in Calliope.
Tracey has many years experience in community services from grass roots positions to Chief Executive Officer across a number of sectors including Social Housing, Mental Health, ATODS, Disability, Aged Care. She is very highly regarded within the disability and aged care sector, presenting at state wide gatherings and appointments to Regional and State Councils. Tracey is passionate about social justice and serves on a number of boards for local not for profits organisations and has developed of a number of social enterprises that provide employment for vulnerable people and assist to change the community perception.
Tracey has been instrumental in leading organisations through the latest two (2) national reforms: National Disability Insurance Scheme and MyAgedCare. Tracey is motivated to lead people to bring their best selves to work each day through workforce development strategies.
Tracey brings experience with tender submissions, contract management, human resources manages, workplace health and safety, staff training and development, industrial relations, small and large business models, financial management and workplace culture, compliance and auditing, public speaking and customer engagement. These skills have been developed in the community service sectors, construction, mining, gas, public and private businesses.
Tracey brings a range of qualifications to support her practical skills in the areas of safety, training, front line management, community services, participatory leadership and counselling.
Tracey specialises in human resource management, system development and implementation, Program Management and workforce development. Tracey is well respected in the community as a leader within the Disability field and being a finalist it the 2016 Aspiring woman of the year Gladstone awards.
Tracey works on the philosophy that there is a leader in every chair and people are the biggest asset of any business and people will blindly follow a true leader. Tracey mentors a number of leaders across the state to fine tune their leadership style and in turn provide better service to the people they serve.
Joe identifies as an Aboriginal (Ngarigo) and Australian South Sea Islander (Lifou) with Irish and English bloodlines. He was born in Melbourne on Bun Wurrung lands and was raised in a white predominantly Irish Catholic household. Joe moved to Queensland 1979 and has lived here since, mostly residing around Ingham and Yarrabah in North Queensland.
Joe studied both Clinical and Organisational psychology and completed a research Master of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Policy and currently is fully registered as a Generalist Psychologist. Joe has held a number of management positions in the early part of his career with organisations in the Commonwealth, State, community and private sectors. In 2009 he established Dreamtime Learning his own full-time consultancy practice in Management, Training and Planning. In addition, in 2014 he established Dreamtime Counselling and Coaching Service to provide specialist Indigenous Counselling to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people.
Joe has experience in working with First Nations People with a disability, working for Endeavour Foundation for five years in Mackay, and being the first manager of the Disability Service Program in Townsville when the Disability Services Act (1986) was initiated. Joe has held a range of voluntary positions on Boards and Committees within Queensland and has previously been a member of the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Joe is an experienced Psychologist who is passionate about the empowerment and healing of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander Peoples.
I acknowledge our ancestors the land and sea on which we originate from to collaborate and build for our stronger future generation. I also acknowledge the Dharumbal people and country where I work from in Rockhampton.
Larissa was born in Mackay and raised in Rockhampton and is a proud decedent of her Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage. Larissa’s fathers lineage being that of the Ghungalu nation, encompassing the Dawson, Mackenzie and Comet rivers in the Central Queensland region. The Iman nation situated in the Taroom – Injune area from Robinson George to Isla George. As well as Gurang nations covering Bunderberg to Gladstone regions out to Kroombit tops national park areas. Larissa’s mother’s connections are to the Malaita Province in Solomon Islands, bearing the history of Kavisi Fewquandie who was blackbirded from his homeland to work in the sugar cane plantations in the Mackay area of the Yuwibara people more than 150 years ago.
Larissa is an accredited Social Worker currently she is working towards her accreditation of becoming a Mental Health Social Worker. She comes with extensive experience within federal and state government departments, non-government organisations and catholic education fields. Her passion involves therapeutic work around trauma and addictions as well as advocacy work and encouraging the rights to self-determination. Larissa enjoys being out in nature from the ocean to the bush or driving the open roads.
Mr Gil Thomsen
The Late Mr Gil Thomsen, a proud Butchulla man, had a profound influence on Edward Mosby and the birth and development of Wakai Waian Healing.
Uncle Gils’ legacy will always remain strong at Wakai Waian Healing as we strive to fulfil his dreams and wishes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be provided with first rate healthcare.
Forever a strong Wook Koo Warrior.