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New South Wales Leadership Group


Francis Kim (Convenor) runs a private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Strathfield and Campsie NSW and lectures in counselling and psychology courses in Sydney. He obtained a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Applied Psychotherapy and has been a member of PACFA since 2014. Prior to the PACFA restructure Francis Kim served as the treasurer and a member of the Ethics Committee for CAPA NSW.  Francis is passionate to see qualified counsellors and psychotherapists recognised in Australia at a government level, as well as in the minds of hearts of Australians.

Brian O’Neill (Deputy Convenor) is an ardent advocate and supporter of PACFA’s mission and business, actively involving himself in promoting professional development, stakeholder relationships and seeking to represent members regarding governance, standards and practice. As a mental health practitioner, he is enthusiastic in supporting the promotion and application of evidenced-based practice. 

Marlene Formosa has been involved in Aged Care which earned her acceptance by the Department of Health’s My Aged Care Review to advocate for Aged Care providers and the elderly. Marlene is an Employee Assistance Counsellor for staff working in Aged Care. Marlene’s maturity and expertise attract the over 50s to seek her out and she does home visits for elderly clients. Her areas of specialisation are cultural issues, and gambling, alcohol, and sex addictions. Marlene also works with families transitioning into parenthood or caring for parents, especially those with dementia. She supports clients to cope with their palliative care journeys or that of a loved one.

Malibu Bert completed a Bachelor of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and is now studying for her Masters of Counselling. Malibu offers mobile counselling services for the elderly and also volunteers as a crisis telephone counsellor for Lifeline.

Diana Sands, PhD, Director, Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief, is a postvention and prevention clinician, researcher and educator. Diana provides counselling following sudden, violent and traumatic death, and in particular individual, couple and family counseling and group programs, for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Her counseling and group programs draw on a range of theoretical perspectives including narrative and family systems theory and incorporate expressive artwork. She is a Clinical member of PACFA, and the Deputy Chair of Postvention Australia, and the Honorary Advisor to the Wings of Hope Charity. Diana has served on the NSW Executive Committee, National Association Loss and Grief, and as the NSW representative with Suicide Prevention Australia. Diana is a Member of the International Work Group Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a recipient of the Vice Chancellor Post Graduate Research Grant, Australian Government Research Scholarship. Diana has presented seminars and workshops in Australia and Internationally drawing on her clinical experience and research. She has published a number of peer reviewed academic articles and book chapters and is the author of a book and DVD resource, “Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide.
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