Based in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW, Upskill Mental Health delivers training across the nation. For quotes and enquiries please feel free to contact us via the query form below
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About Annette, Lead Trainer for UPSKILL MENTAL HEALTH
I grew up on Sydney’s leafy North Shore and trees have been my passion and solace every since! In my early twenties I moved to Europe to study classical singing and opera, performing whenever the opportunity arose. Upon returning to Australia I worked as an actor and singer and grew accustomed to the rich albeit impoverished artist’s life. However reality hit hard when motherhood announced itself and encouraged me to find more reliable employment.
For the next eighteen years I worked in the disability and aged-care services sector and then as the Australian Resident Director for a US- based international students’ support organisation. In this role I became proficient in managing mental health and other life crises in the student population. I am an accredited Master Mental Health First Aid instructor and safeTALK facilitator, I have been delivering the Mental Health First Aid Program since 2007 and I enjoy the challenge of facilitating for diverse groups and organisations. With a desire to combine my arts background with my management experience I took the leap from full-time employment to work with communities on specific arts and health projects. Since 2010 I have been facilitating and developing arts-informed mental health literacy and death literacy programs as well as delivering the suite of Mental Health First Aid courses and SafeTALK.
My academic qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (USYD) and Master of Management (UTS). Additional professional training includes Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Care, Grief and Bereavement Support Training and Advanced Leadership and Business Studies.
Apart from the trees that surround me now in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, I am passionate about social justice issues and empowering resilient communities through education.
I look forward to working with you to find the right fit for your community’s or organisation’s needs.