Meet The Team
AJ is of Wiradjuri / Wotjobulak background. He is the Founder and Director of Girraway Ganyi Consultancy. He is the Lead Cultural Facilitator, Social Worker, Counsellor and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. AJ holds the following qualifications: Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Career Education, Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling, Diploma of Community Services (Youth Work), Diploma of Community Services (Disability Work), Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Diploma of Community Development, Diploma of Community Services (Juvenile Justice & Statutory Supervision), Diploma of Community Services Coordination, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs & Mental Health), Diploma of Governance, Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership, Certificate IV in Governance, Certificate IV Small Business Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV Indigenous Leadership, Certificate IV Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and Certificate in Hospital Nursing. In 2016, AJ won the Victorian Indigenous Leadership Award.
Ash is of Wiradjuri / Wotjobulak background. Ash works as the Office Administrator & maintains all social media for Girraway Ganyi Consultancy. As of 2018, he will be working on youth programs in consultation with a number of schools. Ash has recently completed Year 12 and also holds the following qualifications: Certificate II in Business, Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation, Certificate III in Sports & Recreation. Ash is currently completing undertaking a dual Diploma of Sports Development & Leadership & Management. Ash has a strong interest in mental health.
Xam Tchen is Co-Director of Girraway Ganyi Consultancy. Xam is a Registered Nurse who holds the following qualifications: Diploma of Hospital Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, and Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration. She has worked with numerous individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds in her roles of nurse, case manager, and client services manager in health, community and hospital settings for the past 30 years. Xam's experience in Aboriginal health also includes working with Aboriginal Health Workers at VACCHO training in the Certificate III & Cert IV of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, and with Aboriginal community services organisations. As of February 2018, Xam is accredited to deliver the Standard, Youth and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid courses.
Tristan is of Wiradjuri / Wotjobulak background. He is currently a casual Cultural Facilitator, and is a qualified Youth & Child Care Worker. Tristan holds the following qualifications: Certificate III in Children's Services, Certificate IV in Youth Work and Diploma in Youth Work. Tristan has experience working in youth settings, community controlled health, and clinical settings.
Kara is of Wad Wadi descent from New South Wales. Kara has over 40 years’ experience working in health, community services, education, Aboriginal mental health & wellbeing. She is a qualified and registered psychologist who works with Aboriginal and non-Indigenous clients. Kara has been delivering cultural awareness training Australia-wide for over 20 years in areas of Australian & State Government departments, community and health services, hospitals and Aboriginal community organisations. Kara was the National Aboriginal Program Manager at Mental Health First Aid from 2007 to 2009. She was very successful in this position and demonstrates that she can facilitate training programs and content on a national level. This was a national role and gave Kara the opportunity to work across all Australian states. In this role, she also trained over 200 new Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructors. Kara has worked as a private psychologist for many years, demonstrating business knowledge. She is a Master accredited MHFA Instructor who has facilitated hundreds of Mental Health First Aid course nationally.
Melissa Brickell is of Yorta Yorta, Ulupna and Wiradjeri descendant, who has lived and worked in Victoria and volunteered on many committees – some for decades - tirelessly Advocating for Aboriginal social justice in the areas of Stolen Generations, Social Justice, United Freedoms and Rights, Religious rights and understandings, and Reconciliation. She has formal qualifications in Teaching, Health, Community Services and Governance. Melissa has focused her career on teaching and training across public and private sectors at primary secondary and tertiary levels and which includes teaching in museums, outreach, and prison systems; and across various streams, for example: out of home care system, welfare, OH&S; religion, education, Aboriginal culture and policy, and health. She is a proud mother, grandmother and enjoys art, writing, crochet, and gardening.