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Saturday, 13 June 2015 16:50

AFOM kept busy (2) Invisible Wounds




IWAFOM held another Invisible Wounds day in Singleton for the entire Community. It was - according to all the feedback  - a specatular success.


AFOM is always proud to help within all Communities


It was opened by Michael Johsen MP and had a wonderful group of speakers  and Service providers


Andrew Rae

Andrew grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. After completion of his education, he took up accounting while studying for a Commerce degree, before joining the New South Wales Police Service in 1986. Andrew joined the New South Wales Police Force, graduating from his training at the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn in 1986. For the next twenty-one years, he served in four major country cities where duties were variously as a General Duties Officer, Highway Patrol Officer or Scene of Crime Officer, attaining the rank of Senior Constable. In 2006, he was diagnosed as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and discharged a year later. During his service, he earned the National Medal, the New South Wales Police Medal, and a Command Citation. Since his discharge he has been self-employed as a cleaning contractor. Six years after his medical discharge, Andrew Rae still suffers the effects of PTSD.

Dean Caswell

Dean was born Liverpool Hospital 25 April 1971 and joined the Army in July 1991. He was posted to Townsville as an Infantry soldier and served Domestically, on exchange      and Operationally for the following 24 years. Career highlights were Operation Tamar (Rwanda), INTERFET ( East Timor), UNTAET      (East Timor ) and Operation Mazurka in the Middle East.

 Sue Outram (Associate Professor)

Dr Sue Outram is the Head of the Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle.  She is responsible for managing a large cross disciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program, 8 academic staff and 16 conjoint academic staff.  Dr Outram’s academic contribution has largely been demonstrated in leadership in teaching and administration.  –

Dr Outram has initiated, developed and taught innovative curriculum in Departments of Nursing, Allied Health, Education and Medicine in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in over 20 years in the tertiary sector.  This has included multidisciplinary teaching; experiential learning; skills based communication skills; a postgraduate suite of programs in women’s health, midwifery, distance education programs in health promotion, and public health for undergraduates.  She has a special interest in teaching about loss and grief, sexuality, culture and health, and health equity.

Currently she coordinates the Behavioural and Social Sciences input into the Joint Medical program, School of Medicine and Public Health.

Her Association with AFOM commenced many years ago with the very first research into the effects of PTSD on the spouse/partners.


Natalie England

Natalie England is a qualified Psychologist. After working in the Rehabilitation and Injury Management area for 17 years came to work for the Newcastle VVCS office 5 years ago and has a small private practice in the Lake Macquarie area.

She has a special interest in working with trauma.

She has had wonderful feedback from previous Invisible Wounds Seminars


and our own Gail MacDonell

Stephen Finney once again proved himself to be MC Extraordinaire.

 Steph Rienstra             Gave an excellent talk and explanation on Exercise and Well-Being

 There is already talk about extending this session as well having more elsewhere.   

Some of the Service Providers present                           

                                1)              Barry Cox – “Open for you”

                                2)               Lifeline – Lauren Freele –“Personal & Relationship Counselling”

                                3)             Louise Kennedy Towart - Singleton Welcoming Committee

          4)               Jaimie Whitton – Coal Services Health

          5)               Sheree Melville - DFA Representative

                      6)              Claire Hicks - Families Workplaces and Targeted Prevention - Hunter          Institute of   Mental Health

                7)              Tina Kirby – Job Link Plus

                8)              Cindy Milton –Upper Hunter Community Services

                9)              Simon Coleman -              Occupational Health & Safety

                10)            Ken Smith – Men’s Health Peer

                11)           Benevolent Society

                12)           Cancer Council














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