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In line with the National Mental Health Month's theme this year on 'Mental Health: Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges and Resilience', the Mental Health Foundation Australia has planned this symposium which will focus on the mental health of the childcare workforce, and how childcare workers’ mental health affects caregiving quality. With greater knowledge comes the power to enhance outcomes for childcare workers, the children in their care and, by extension, even the families and carers.




Kelly Dixon     Operations Manager, Early Learning Management 

Kelly has over 15 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education and Care service with a focus in the more recent years on quality, compliance and child protection.

Kelly has spent many years managing childcare centres. In addition, she has been a Compliance Officer for a Vulnerable Children’s Program in Out Of Home Care. She has extensive experience in risk management, risk assessments, investigation of allegations of harm & abuse, documenting incidents & reporting on trends. Kelly has many years in compliance roles & a strong background in policy development, review & implementation in the Children’s, Community & Disability sectors. Kelly also has extensive experience as a Child Protection trainer.


Jae Fraser    Founder, Little Scholars School of Early Learning

Jae is a university-qualified Early Childhood Educator with over 20 years hands on experience in Early Childhood Education. Academic credentials include a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education and several business management qualifications spanning across the many spectrums of the childcare and education industry.

To compliment these achievements, Jae has worked in all sectors of the Education and Care Sector from teacher at the hands-on level through to campus management and operations senior management positions throughout Australia and Singapore. Jae is an executive of the Australian Child Care Alliance and is an active advocate for children and education. Jae’s proudest achievement is the creation of the Little Scholars School of Early Learning - 10 premium Early Learning campuses across South East Qld providing care and education for more than 4500 children.




Josie Sorban  BA, Dip psych, MClinP, MAPS, FCCLP, FCEDP

Josie has over 40 years working as a psychologist in the field of mental health.  With speciality endorsement as both a Clinical and Educational & Developmental psychologist, Josie has experience in working with adult mental health and also with children and adolescents a field in which she has amassed specialised expertise, heading up public paediatric psychology services within Children’s Health. In maintaining her contributions to psychology, Josie provides supervision to psychology registrars and interns and is a staff member at QUT’s School of Psychology.




Alison Lamb    Early Childhood Training Consultant, Kool Kids Training College

Alison has been in the Early Childhood Industry for 30 years in a variety of roles. She holds a Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood and Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood and a Certificate IV in TAE and TAELLN. Alison has worked in preschools, primary schools, long day care and outside school hours care environments.

She has trained authorised officers in the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care on Education and Care Services regulatory changes and was involved in the initial development and trialing of the Early Years Learning Framework.



Michael Pecic    Founder & CEO, In Safe Hands Educators in Safety

Michael has nearly 30 years’ experience in child protection case management, investigation, and education. He has formal qualifications in management, training, investigation practices and public safety.

Michael served with distinction as a Detective with the Queensland Police Service for 20 years investigating child abuse offences, being awarded the Assistant Commissioner’s award for dedication to child protection. He has dedicated the last 10 years to education and awareness of child protection issues.



Christopher Phoenix        Senior Facilitator, Phoenix Support for Educators

Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators, and co-author of the Phoenix Cups book - The Phoenix Cups: A Cup Filling Story. He tours Australia and beyond delivering the Phoenix Cups model through a highly entertaining Workplace Wellbeing workshop and keynote presentation. In 2021, Christopher will begin his PhD in Philosophy.








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