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Anna McNaughton

I was attracted to this course after having worked in a wide variety of community services and was looking to build on my clinical skills within a holistic, community focused framework.

I currently work at Mind Australia in community mental health and have worked in a variety of roles including community outreach, care coordination for people with complex support needs, homelessness and residential services and more recently in intake and referral services and Coordinatoron the Mind Carer Helpline, managing volunteers and providing counselling to carers of people with a mental illness.

Prior to this I worked in the disability employment sector assisting people with disabilities find employment.

My career started out as a primary school teacher in a disadvantaged area of Melbourne, which sparked my initial interest in early prevention in mental health. I am passionate about the promotion of mental health in the community, reducing stigma and empowering people to lead more fulfilling lives by promoting emotional, social and psychological wellbeing in a holistic psychosocial framework.

Working in the community mental health sector I have developed a strong awareness about the importance of the bio-psychosocial and community perspective in understanding psychological disorders and the importance in considering psychological, physiological, family, social and vocational factors. The Master of Community Psychology was the perfect fit for my values and experience, to develop my clinical skills as a practitioner and to work on a broader preventative level in community mental health.  I have a stronginterest in early prevention, youth mental health and building collaborative community partnerships.

Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Sciences)
Graduate Diploma of Education
Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours)