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Shane Puxley


In recent years I’ve worked largely with youth, in roles empowering young people experiencing homelessness, mental ill health and engagement within the criminal justice system. I currently work within the forensic sector, with a primary focus on building capacity for persons with developmental disabilities and helping them work towards independence. I have experience working with refugees, clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, trauma histories and family violence.

Following an interim stint in a management role, I now work closely with direct contact staff to ensure best practice within the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act. Acknowledging systemic and procedural discrimination, I currently sit on a working group formulating an Access and Equality Policy within my organisation. My experience also includes mindset coaching with sporting teams and individuals.


I believe that advocating for clients is of utmost importance, but helping them find their own voice is paramount. Community Psychology provides a comprehensive framework within which I hope to practice for many years. Having campaigned for improved rural services prior to even entering the sector I’m confident that mental health challenges extend beyond throwing money at problems. Possessing an ongoing critical lens is very important in my practice. My studies in Community Psychology will support me to shed light on systemic short-comings, and equip me to assist individuals and groups to reach their potential.

As well as ongoing professional development in the community and forensic sectors, I plan on researching health promotion, unpacking factors which drive people to practice positive health behaviours in group settings. Further, I’m an avid consumer of media from across the political and social spectrum, always striving to be better informed of cultural issues facing our communities.