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Kim Graham

Kim is a qualified psychotherapist and naturopath, with 30 years’ clinical experience. Kim has worked in a diverse range of areas including family support, foster care, drug and alcohol services, and the disability sector. Kim also owned and managed a multi-modality natural medicine clinic and health food shop for ten years in country Victoria.

For the past eight years, Kim has taught at Endeavour College across the Social Sciences, Naturopathy, and Nutrition Departments. She finds it a joy and privilege to be part of the learning journey of the next generation of natural medicine practitioners. Kim is also actively engaged in research and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals. Her area of research interest is the intersection between clinical reasoning, medical philosophy, and complexity science.

While working in a holistic manner, Kim’s area of interest is mental health and wellbeing, and she continues to work in a clinical capacity supporting people who are dealing with trauma related issues, anxiety, and depression. As well as working with individuals, Kim specialises in working with groups and believes that when facilitated appropriately, the dynamic of a group setting can be a powerful therapeutic force. Kim uses a person-centred approach in her clinic and is constantly in awe of the healing capacity of authenticity, unconditional positive regard, compassion, and empathy.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Health) Candidate, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Master of Psychotherapy, Cairnmillar Institute
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Charles Sturt University

Kellie Hutchin

Kellie Hutchin is passionate about holistic practice, mindfulness and helping her clients to achieve happy and fulfilling lives through behaviour change. As a registered counsellor, Kellie works in many different areas including family therapy, individual intervention, drug and alcohol intervention and group work.

With over 13 years’ experience in the counselling field Kellie strives to help her clients achieve healthier happier lives through improving mental health, overcoming family difficulties and adjusting to difficult life changes.

Kellie discovered the benefits of mindfulness for herself early in her career and spent time in Cambodia further exploring mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. Following this she engaged in further mindfulness courses to continue pursuing this passion. Mindfulness now features as part of Kellie’s practice with clients so they too can enjoy the benefits.

Kellie has been a lecturer at Endeavour College for over 8 years and loves sharing her knowledge with students to encourage them to become effective in helping their clients within the clinical setting. Kellie is also the Curriculum Facilitator for SOCF111 Foundations of Communication and Counselling.

When she is not working, Kellie follows her other passion of Interior Design and Renovation and is constantly working on a project or changing something in her home.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary) University of Southern Queensland (Current)
  • Diploma of Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (2013)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment 40110 Axiom College (2013)
  • Diploma of Community Services Coordination Sunshine Coast TAFE (2013)
  • Masters in Counselling Monash University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology/Philosophy/Community Welfare) Monash University (2010)

Claudio Li Calzi

Born and raised in Sicily, Claudio Li Calzi has a passion for the interconnected worlds of meditation and holistic healing. His journey into meditation began in 2007, and for the last 15 years he explored theories and practices of meditation from different traditions by working as a translator and editor. Since 2011, Claudio has translated and edited more than five hundred articles and five books which explore the various connections between Western psychology, Eastern religions, and meditation practices.

Before moving to Australia in 2009, Claudio worked for the Italian Publishers’ Association in Milan as well as a book distribution company, where he was introduced to the work of renowned journalist Tiziano Terzani, who wrote extensively about Asia, especially Chinese and Indian culture, way of living, and politics. Claudio immediately fell in love with Asia and decided to begin a new life in Australia, where he studied Economics at the University of Sydney and was later involved in the organisation of the Dalai Lama’s tours in 2011, 2013 and 2015 as a volunteer coordinator and other event management roles.

Since 2020, Claudio is also an enthusiastic Flower Essence Therapist, having completed a training with Ian White, founder of Australian Bush Flower essence Inc. in Sydney. Flower essence therapy became for him an invaluable tool to understand the subtlety and wide range of emotions we can feel and how to address them at the energetic level. Moreover, Claudio found flower essence therapy to be a potential support for meditation practice, as it deepened and complemented the understanding of mental and emotional patterns.

Claudio also loves ocean swimming, and he is an assistant scuba diving instructor, but his favourite place on earth is Uluru.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics and Business, major in Arts, Culture, and Communication, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Master of International Business, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Commerce, major in Economics, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Certificate in Flower Essence Therapy, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Inc.

Dr. Anita Milicevic

Anita came to Australia as a refugee from the Balkans war in 2001. Since then, she has completed an Honors degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology at Victoria University. Concurrent with the 3.5 years of her Ph.D. study, she has held positions as a Family Therapist, Disability Worker, Community and Youth Justice Worker, and Lecturer in Psychology. Anita is a researcher specialised in phenomenology and mixed-method (first– second– and third person) approaches to studying the nature of consciousness. Under the guidance of Dr. B. Alan Wallace, Anita had the great privilege of working as a designated retreat counselor.

Anita currently works as the Head of Social Sciences at Endeavour College of Natural Health, serves on the Board of Directors of the CCR Europe and conducts research at CCR North America.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology with Honours), Victoria University
  • Ph.D. (Psychology), Victoria University

Tanya Morris

Tanya is an experienced naturopath and educator with a particular interest in women’s health. Enjoying a varied career over the last two decades, Tanya has worked both in Australia and overseas as a naturopath, lecturer, yoga instructor, cooking school instructor and women’s circle leader.

Driven to improve the standing of natural therapists in Australia, Tanya has worked to improve educational standards teaching and writing in both undergraduate and CPE courses. She has also addressed issues within the politics of healthcare through her position as the naturopathic chair for the board of the Australian Natural Therapists Association and through research contributions.

Taking her 16 years of lecturing experience and applying it to the next frontier for education, Tanya now works as a digital learning designer; curating engaging, tailored and holistic online learning experiences.

Tanya spends her spare time gardening, hiking, and running courses in women’s emotional and spiritual development.

Qualifications

  1. Master of Medical Research (Biomedicine), Griffith University, Gold Coast
  2. Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), Australian College of Natural Health, Brisbane
  3. Graduate Certificate (Higher Education), University of Queensland

Sylvia Neubacher

Sylvia has more than 30 years’ experience and training in the health sciences including family therapy, humanistic counselling/psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness practice, homeopathy and clinical supervision of students and practitioners. Her work includes curriculum development and teaching, leadership and mentoring of staff across the health, community and education sectors.

Sylvia’s interest in counselling and communication skills began with her work as a natural health practitioner where she observed that a significant number of her clients suffered from depression, anxiety, relationship issues or trauma. She is an advocate for and lifelong student in Buddhist informed Mindfulness Practice which she applies in the classroom, her clinical work and daily life. Her work is guided by the humanistic principles of integrity and authenticity. empathy creating a compassionate and safe space for her students and clients. Sylvia considers clinical work to be a journey that the client and therapist take together to find out what is not working in the client’s life, to discover more of who we are, and to explore new, more useful ways of thinking, feeling, acting, and being in the world. In addition to addressing the challenges and difficulties that life presents, Sylvia’s work also focuses on cultivating the strengths and resources that are already present in the client’s life.

Qualifications

  • Master of Counselling, Victoria University
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Human Services, Latrobe University
  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, Bouverie Centre, Latrobe University
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Deakin University (Current)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Homeopathy) COH, London, U.K.
  • Registered Counsellor Australian Counselling Association (since 2010)

Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott is passionate about nutrition, fitness and behaviour change coaching. As a Registered Nutritionist and Environmental Scientist, she takes a holistic approach to nutrition, focusing on people’s relationship with food and driving a shift to a healthier approach to eating.

With more than 12 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, Sophie has supported hundreds of women along their health journey through her business, fitandfed.

Sophie is an enthusiastic nutrition teacher and accomplished course creator at Endeavour College of Natural Health, inspiring the next wave of nutrition and wellness professionals.

As a media spokesperson for the College, Sophie regularly features in SBS Food, Body & Soul, The Daily Telegraph, and popular podcasts, including Healthy-ish.

Sophie has extensive experience in the education field, starting in environmental education assisting people green up their lives prior to moving into the health and fitness industry. You may have seen Sophie on Sky News and the Eco Reno series on Channel 7’s Sunrise.

Constantly adding to her indoor plant family, Sophie is a dedicated ultra-urban gardener and loves ocean swimming.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours class 1), University of New South Wales
  • Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Sydney
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • National Certificate in Fitness (Personal Training - Level 4), Skills Active, New Zealand
  • National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant - Level 3), New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness
  • Registered Nutritionist, Australian Natural Therapists Association #9318
  • Zuu Level 1 Coach, The Zuu

Sue Sharpe

Sue is an academic who has taught health science for 15 years at all levels, from vocational education and short courses to higher education degree programs. Previously she’s worked as an Occupational Therapist in mental health, paediatrics, and soft tissue therapy.

Currently working as a Learning Designer, Sue is pursuing her passion in the democratisation of education: working to ensure that the life-transforming benefits of learning are more widely available and accessible.

At home, Sue is a “pragmatic minimalist”, focusing on what really works for family life. In a small apartment with a husband, young son, bulldog and thriving urban garden, she enjoys living the city version of tiny living. She’s interested in the ways that urban living nurtures active lifestyle and supportive community.

Though she loves escaping to the bush for a ramble, Sue believes movement and nature are for everyone, and is often found exploring local spaces: urban hiking, cycling and urban foraging with her family.

Qualifications:

  1. Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning), Edith Cowan University, 2016
  2. Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Curtin University of Technology, 2013
  3. Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), Curtin University of Technology, 2005
  4. Bachelor of Business Administration, Curtin University of Technology, 2005

Lindy Smithies

Lindy joined Endeavour College in 2014, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Naturopathy. Having graduated as a Naturopath in 1995, she has enjoyed many years of clinical experience combining all Naturopathic therapies including herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, flower essences and homeopathy. A combination of teaching and clinical practice has continued to fuel Lindy’s passion for learning and an ongoing love of naturopathic philosophy and history.

At Endeavour, she teaches Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Clinical Workshop and supervises in the student clinic. On top of this, she is the national Subject Coordinator for Herbal Medicine Materia Medica 2 and Naturopathic Hydrotherapy.

Lindy continues to work in private practice, combining western and eastern treatment philosophies with an emphasis on women’s and children’s health.

Qualifications

  • Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) With Distinction, RMIT
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), SSNT
  • Assessment & Training TaE40110
  • Small Business Management - BSB40407

Dr Paul Strube

Paul is passionate about teaching, research and student engagement. Over his long career of working in various higher education institutions, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the educational experience of students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. With more than 40 years’ experience in the teaching of science, ethics and communication skills, Paul has had the opportunity to guide and support thousands of students towards the achievement of their study goals.

Paul is a highly experienced curriculum developer, having written courses for online and face to face learning in areas that range from science to ethics, and from Diploma level through Master’s degrees. He has most recently written for Open Universities Australia, the University of South Australia, as well as Endeavour College.

He is the author of a textbook for health education students; Bodyworks: physics and chemistry for health students and is the author of Properties: reflections from the science lab, a collection of essays on teaching and science education and human interests.

As a researcher Paul is currently a regular contributor to the Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, with articles dealing with ethics in Complementary Medicine.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Education (Honours), University of Illinois
  • Master of Education, University of Tasmania
  • PhD in Education, University of Tasmania
  • Faculty Certificate in Bioethics, Monash University
  • Consultant in education, James Cook University

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