Allied Health

Jody has 20 years experience working with children, adolescents and their families across education and psychological treatment settings. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She provides effective psychological assessment and intervention to children, adolescents and their families related to:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties
  • Bullying and friendships concerns
  • Cognitive testing

Jody has training in Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders, attachment based difficulties with infants and toddlers, diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and parenting groups. She is passionate about empowering calm and confident parenting through practical hands on support.

Jacquie has been providing paediatric neuropsychology services to Ballarat and the broader Grampians region for the past eight years. She works with children, adolescents, and their families to better understand the child’s personal strengths and challenges in areas such as:

  • Overall thinking ability or cognitive skills
  • Attention & concentration
  • Memory
  • Planning and organisation
  • Academic skills
  • Behaviour
  • Emotional regulation

Jacquie holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) degree, is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at Ballarat Health Services, and is a consultant and lecturer in the Clinical Psychology program at Federation University. Jacquie has a particular interest in understanding the way in which early life trauma affects brain development and overall functioning.

Kate is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHS) with extensive experience in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked throughout the Grampians region in public and private mental health and educational settings.

Kate trained at the University of Melbourne  where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a PhD. Her PhD focused on parent-teacher partnerships and child behavioural difficulties.

Kate’s specialty is behavioural and emotional regulation problems in children and effective parenting strategies. However, her experience is across a broad range of emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties. Her approach is to work together with infants, children, adolescents, their families, carers and teachers to achieve the best emotional, behavioural and psychological wellbeing outcomes.

With nearly ten years professional experience working in the speech pathology industry, Ebony has worked as a Generalist Speech Pathologist throughout regional South Australia and Victoria, and has more recently specialised in Paediatric Speech Pathology in Mildura and Ballarat.

Ebony particularly enjoys working with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Michelle is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Deakin 2009). She has a special interest in paediatric and sports nutrition and has completed advanced training in both areas.

Michelle has worked as a community dietitian in the Ballarat region since 2010, is a lecturer at Federation University and provides nutrition services to WestVic Academy of Sport.

Michelle can provide assistance with a range of nutrition issues including:

  • Growth and weight concerns
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal conditions (including Coeliac Disease, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Fussy eating, nutritional deficiencies and fuelling active kids.