Elaine’s career as a Social Worker had seen her work both in Australia and the United Kingdom. As a Social Worker she progressed from clinical practice to senior management roles across a variety of welfare portfolios.
Elaine’s experience spans a number of portfolios from the early years (including child care, early intervention providers such as the Victorian Government’s Specialist Children’s Services and a not-for-profit autism provider); youth and family services; youth homelessness; child protective services; out-of-home care for children from child protective services; juvenile justice, disability and ageing. Elaine has worked in these portfolios for Local, State and Australian governments, as well as various not-for-profit organisations.
To enable her to continue working in the industry whilst also supporting her son with an ASD, Elaine established a boutique management consulting practice.
This consulting practice provides advice and support to all levels of government and not-for-profit providers on project initiatives that will optimise client outcomes and improve the way they manage and deliver services to clients. This practice is also still operational.
Roberta’s vast experience includes casework and family work in the area of disability, as well as advocacy, clinical counselling, policy writing for State and Federal Government and social work research across other areas. She has also trained and worked as a mediator focussing on health disputes.
For the past 18 years, Roberta has worked in a private consultancy in the area of body image disorders with people of all ages as well as being the counsellor/social worker attached to the Laser Dermatology Clinic at the RCH in Melbourne.
She has also worked as a clinician and researcher at the Mental Health Research Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital Mental Health Service.
Roberta has published nationally and internationally, and has contributed to media discussions on aspects of body image disorders, and has developed community information and an online programme on Body Image for Adolescents.
Ivana is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has over 20 years social work experience in a variety of roles, although with a particular expertise of working with children and families in the areas of health, child protection, autism and early intervention specifically a program supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural concerns.
Ivana’s passion through her career has been to advocate for the voice of young children by providing support, understanding and training to families and professionals relating to child development and behaviour.