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Bios of some of our members

Dr Kerryn Bagley (Chair)

Contact: k.bagley@latrobe.edu.au

Kerryn is a lecturer in Social Work, Social Policy and Rural Health at La Trobe University Australia. She is particularly known for her research into health and human service sector responses to FASD, which stems from her extensive practice experience in child and adolescent mental health services with families affected by FASD.

Kerryn has been engaged in FASD practice and research since 2008 and undertook her FASD diagnostic team training and evidence-based intervention training in the USA and Canada. She has been an active contributor to capacity building for FASD services and support in Australia and New Zealand, which has included involvement in development of a number of best practice FASD multidisciplinary diagnostic clinics, intervention programs, as well as training and consultation for families and professionals across the health, allied health, social service, child protection, justice and education sectors. She was the inaugural co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand FASD clinical network (ANZFASDCN), is an ambassador for NOFASD Australia and currently chairs the Victorian FASD Special Interest Group.

Kim Cowan

Kim has a background in Paediatric Nursing both in inner-city tertiary centers and regional health care settings where she has been employed as an Associate Unit Manager.  Kim is currently working in partnership with PATCHES Paediatrics and Goulburn Valley (GV) Health in the National FASD Consortium project as the FASD Clinical Co-ordinator for GV Health, Shepparton, Victoria. In 2018 Kim, together with Paediatrican Dr Dan Garrick and a multidisciplinary team at GV Health worked to establish the GVH FASD Diagnostic Clinic which has enabled many families in the region to access effective FASD assessment and support.

Cheryl Dedman

Cheryl is a parent and full time carer of a child living with FASD. She has a passion to advocate for all families, carers and people living with FASD and particularly believes that it is essential to highlight the need to nurture the mental health of carers and encourage their self-care. Cheryl believes that education within the community, for professionals and families, is the key to providing the best possible life outcomes for those living with FASD and those caring for them. She sees a strong need to educate the community as a whole regarding the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Cheryl believes that this is a community issue and pregnant women need to be encouraged and supported by those around her during her pregnancy regarding abstaining from alcohol. Prior to being a full-time carer, Cheryl has a background in the fitness industry, education and childcare

Kate Gray

BCom, GradDipPsych, PGDipPsych, MPsych (Clin), MAPS

Kate is a Senior Psychologist working in private practice particularly within the psycho-legal domain. She undertakes psychological, cognitive and risk-related assessments in Child Protection, Secure Welfare, Youth Justice, Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil, NDIS and Victims of Crime matters. She also provides therapy to children, adolescents, families, and young people living in out-of-home care or linked with Youth Justice.

Kate undertook FASD diagnostic and intervention training in the USA and Gold Coast and has expertise in multidisciplinary team diagnosis. She has experience in diagnosing FASD, engaging with the NDIA in relation to FASD, and providing intervention and support to those impacted by FASD. Kate created a FASD screening tool that links closely with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics that has been endorsed by Bruce Perry.

Professor Jane Halliday (Coordinator)

Jane is an epidemiologist, Group Leader of Reproductive Epidemiology at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Victoria. She established the Asking Questions about Alcohol in Pregnancy (AQUA) NHMRC-funded study which recruited women in the general population early in pregnancy and continues to investigate health outcomes of their children, exposed in pregnancy to common patterns of alcohol consumption. Jane has a particular interest in trying to tease out why it is that some children are more at risk than others. Jane is closely involved in national strategies to diagnose and prevent FASD, collaborating with key practitioners and policy makers in this field.

Dr Katrina Harris

Katrina is Head of Developmental and Community Paediatrics at Monash Children’s Hospital and Medical lead of Monash Children’s at Home.

Katrina’s interest in FASD developed over years spent working in Northern Australia, particularly with indigenous communities. She established and led the multidisciplinary Autism Diagnostic service for the Townsville and Palm Island region. In 2019 Katrina received a Federal grant to pilot a Victoria wide FASD assessment service, with emphasis on teaching and training medical and allied health practitioners to gain skills in this area. Katrina hopes to integrate FASD assessment and management into the broader developmental care of children, through teaching and support within her Melbourne based clinics and roles.

Kellie Hammerstein

Kellie is the permanent carer of twin girls with FASD diagnosed by the Gold Coast Health FASD in 2017 after the Victorian health care system was not able to sufficiently respond to her daughter’s presenting developmental issues. She is passionate about Victoria strengthening the community and health sector’s capacity to response to those living with FASD and their families.

Maria Kouspos

Maria is a paediatric speech pathologist that works at Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton. She works in various multidisciplinary teams including, Developmental Paediatrics Clinic, Healthy Koori Kids Clinic and the new VicFAS clinic. She has 18 years of experience working with children with complex neurological, developmental and behavioural conditions. She has particular interest in working with vulnerable children, their complexities and understands the impact of trauma on child development, particularly for children in out-of-home care. 

Maria is particularly passionate about assisting families understand their child’s communication profile and the implications it has on their child’s daily experiences. She provides informed assessments, and therapy that is family-centred, evidence based and in a manner that is appropriate to the individual’s presenting needs and is culturally and linguistically sensitive. Maria is a holistic practitioner, who considers the patient as a whole, understanding the impact of impairment on a patient's social, emotional and vocational aspects of life.

Maria is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and fulfils all requirements for Professional Self Regulation Program. She has experience in a variety of clinical settings including early childhood intervention services, special developmental schools, mainstream schools, hospitals and the private setting.

Evi Muggli (Coordinator)

Evi is the Project Manager of the ‘Asking Questions about alcohol in pregnancy’ (AQUA) cohort study at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The study commenced in 2011 with funding from the NHRMC and is designed to look at the association between drinking low to moderate levels of alcohol in pregnancy and adverse child outcomes. Through her work on AQUA, Evi has become involved in many other activities around the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy. For example, she has actively contributed to the Commonwealth Department of Health - FASD Roundtable (2016) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Maternity Data Development Project (Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy) (since 2012). The latter also involved producing a research report on the views of maternity clinicians and pregnant women in Indigenous and non- Indigenous settings on national mandatory reporting of maternal alcohol use (2016).

Dr Gehan Roberts

Gehan is a developmental-behavioural Paediatrician and holds appointments with The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the University of Melbourne.  Gehan coordinates the Victorian Training Program in Community Child Health, is an Associate Director (Clinical Services) at the Centre for Community Child Health, and is engaged in research, clinical supervision and teaching at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level.  In 2016, Gehan was elected President of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA), the peak body for Australasian doctors who care for children with developmental disorders.  Gehan’s clinical interests are in the fields of developmental evaluation, behavioural consultation, learning disabilities, and psychopharmacology. He is currently involved in research in the fields of developmental-behavioural paediatrics in the secondary care sector and also long-term outcomes of very premature infants.

Hon Dr Sharman Stone

Sharman was the Federal Member for Murray from 1996 to 2016. She held various portfolios from 1998. Her work in Indigenous affairs and Population Development led her to successfully move a private members motion in the House of Representatives (also then moved in the Senate) calling on official recognition and resourcing of a national FASD program. Hon Dr Stone instigated and led the first Parliamentary national inquiry "FASD: The Hidden Harm" Nov 2012, with recommendations taken up in the first $9.2m national strategy. She established the Parliamentary Bi-partisan committee to eliminate FASD; has represented Australia at a number of FASD conferences in Canada; is Patron of the Russell Family FASD Association, and an Ambassador of NOFASD. She continues championing the cause of FASD recognition, diagnosis, public awareness and support in the Indo Asia Pacific region as Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Sejla Stammers

Sejla is an Information Officer at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. In her role she prepares AOD-related content for the organisation, works on projects internally and externally, and answers AOD-related queries via the DrugInfo line. Sejla has worked in health promotion for 4 years and is offering support to the Victorian FASD Special Interest Group as required.

Mary Walker

Mary is a lecturer in the faculty Education with Federation University. She lectures in to the Bachelor of Primary with a focus on Disability Studies. She is passionate about improving her students’ skills and knowledge in inclusivity. Mary has extensive experience in both education and arts sectors working as not only a lecturer, but a school teacher, in various roles with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and in the arts as a director and script writer. She is passionate about educating others about FASD through teaching and research.

Prue Walker (Coordinator)

Prue is the Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service (VicFAS) Service Co-ordinator and provides FASD consultancy services to professionals and families.  Prue undertook a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 when she travelled to Canada and the United States to explore models of care for children with FASD. She presented her findings at the APCCAN Asia Pacific Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Perth 2009, and since that time has facilitated workshops and training workshops in relation to FASD, including assessment, prevention and case management. Prue’s background is in child protection and out of home care, in both Victoria and the Northern Territory.