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Staff 

We have a specialist paid staff of part time employees. 

Manager: Holly Brennan (OAM)

Counselling team: 

Sian Tooker (BPsySc(Hons), GDAppLaw)

Michelle Reynolds (BA, M(Couns))

Liz Price (BA, BSocWk(Hons))

Stephanie Chen (BA,M(SocWk)

Education and Training Coordinator: Pamela Doherty (BA, MA(ComDev))

Communications Coordinator: Molly Howes (BCom)

Regional Rural and Remote Project Officer: Rachael Smith (BIntDev, DipRM, GCPubHealth)

Finance and Admin Officer: Sarah Rogers (BBus/BCI, MProfAccy)

 

Management Committee

Our Management Committee are all volunteers and we greatly value the dedication and expertise they bring to the governance of the organisation.  

Katherine Kerr

BA, BSocWk, LLB, GDLP

President

Katherine is a Social Worker and a Legal Practitioner, and has extensive experience in the domestic violence sector, providing frontline responses, as well as contributing to emerging research and analysis, policy development and community education. Her research has focused on the impact of criminalised and restricted abortion on women experiencing intimate partner violence. Katherine also collaborated with Children by Choice in their research into reproductive coercion, and has been a proud supporter of the organisation and their goals for many years. 

Dr Caroline Harvey 

MBBS

Vice President

Caroline Harvey works as a Senior Medical Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health in Brisbane, and has recently worked as a GP for the Brisbane Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service in the Murri School clinic at Acacia Ridge. She was the Medical Director at Family Planning Qld for 12 years until early 2014 and has previously worked in Far North Queensland and Sydney in Family Planning, Aboriginal Community Controlled health services, General Practice, Sexual Assault and Womens Correction Centre clinic settings. She is a co author of “Contraception: an Australian Clinical Practice Handbook” and the national statement on Long Acting Reversible Contraception “LARCS: Time for a Change”. She has published research on Chlamydia, Implanon, IUDs and the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people. She is passionate about all aspects of womens reproductive health including the quality and accessibility of  clinical services, teaching and training, research, policy and governance. 

Vanessa Wells  

Bsc(Hons) CPA, FGIA, FCIS

Treasurer

Vanessa has an honours degree in Business, is a CPA and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Vanessa’s career has been as a Financial Controller in both the private and government sectors in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. More recently she has worked as a Finance Manager and Company Secretary in the not for profit sector in Canberra and Brisbane. Vanessa brings a wealth of financial knowledge and experience to Children by Choice.

Dr Nicola Sheeran 

BPsych(Hons), PhD(Clinical Psychology)

Secretary

Dr Nicola Sheeran is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer. Her research has looked at the transition to motherhood and long term outcomes for adolescent mothers, communication between adolescent mothers and health professionals, factors affecting service utilization and the relationship between stereotypes/attitudes of adolescent mothers and outcomes in Australian. Nicola also has worked as a community educator at Children by Choice and has 10 year experience providing non-directive unplanned pregnancy counselling.  

Bonney Corbin

BSc, MA

Committee Member

Bonney is an urban and regional planner with postgraduate qualifications in conflict transformation and violence prevention. Bonney has 10 years of experience using partnership models to facilitate sexual and gender based violence programs in Australia, Africa, Europe, South and West Asia. Since moving to Queensland, Bonney has worked predominantly within areas of reproductive and sexual health and sexual violence prevention. Bonney is passionate about creative and intersectional approaches to social and community wellbeing.

Michelle Howe                                                                                                         

LLB, LLM (Applied Law) MBBS

Committee Member

Michelle is a barrister and member of the Bar Association of Queensland. She has practised at the private Bar in Brisbane predominantly in family law. More recently, Michelle has worked as an adviser to a federal Member of Parliament. Michelle’s advocacy for vulnerable women in the family courts, as well as her work in policy development has fostered a deep commitment to advancing the rights of women.

Dr Claire Mohr 

MSSB FRACGP

Committee Member

Claire Mohr is a GP working at Victoria Point and enjoys providing all aspects of care to a wide range of patients. She also works for Marie Stopes Australia providing reproductive health services in the Brisbane area. She has a keen interest in promoting access for women to reproductive health options.

Carmen Seaby

BA / BJ

Committee Member

Carmen Seaby has a degree in Women's Studies and a long-time commitment to women's reproductive health and the goals of Children by Choice. Her career in administration has taken her into the private and not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Australia.

 

Volunteers

We have a team of volunteers who regularly commit their time and energy to helping us carry out the work of Children by Choice, in areas including counselling support work, policy and resource reviews, event support, and advocacy work. We're incredibly grateful for all the support they continue to offer our staff and clients. If you'd like to join them, you can fill out an application form over here

 

Student placements

We love to accept university student placements where possible. Due to our limited capacity, only third or fourth-year students in Social Work, Human Services or Psychology will be considered for counselling team placements. Depending on capacity, we may also accept students from Public Health, Communications, or related fields, for non-counselling placements. You will also need to work from or be familiar with a feminist framework, and be pro-choice. If you are interested in doing a placement with us, please contact us.

 

Our patrons

Children by Choice is proud to have the support of our three patrons - Senators Claire Moore and Larissa Waters, and former Senator Sue Boyce. Their ongoing support of the work and aims of Children by Choice is invaluable.

Claire Moore

Claire Moore is a former ALP Senator for Queensland. Claire is very active in the community, playing an active role in groups like Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and was a founding member of both the Australian Workers Heritage Centre and Emily's List.

Sue Boyce

Sue Boyce is a former Liberal Senator for Queensland. Sue has a background in journalism and the manufacturing industry, and is very committed to improving the political participation of women. She is a disability advocate and a past president of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland (DSAQ), and of Lifeways Inc., a Queensland organisation designed to assist ageing parents to plan for the long-term future of their adult child with a disability.  Sue is also a past president of the Liberal Women's Council (Qld). 

Senator Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters became Queensland's first Greens senator to the Federal Parliament at the 2010 federal election. Larissa's background is in environmental law, where she spent eight years practising in the community sector. Her policy portfolio areas for the Greens while in parliament included environment and biodiversity; women; resources, mining and coal seam gas. She was also a Deputy Leader of the Greens during her time in parliament. 

Last modified on: 26 November 2019
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