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PACFA Victorian Branch Leadership Group

Tony Clarkson (Convenor) has been a clinical member of PACFA since 2013 when he moved to Melbourne from London with his family. He is the head of professional development for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. His role includes; overseeing Professional Development for Gambler’s Help counsellors, planning international conferences and designing and administering multi-million dollar projects aiming to deliver better and more targeted clinical services. Tony has a private practice where he works predominantly with young people and their families experiencing distress and family dysfunction.

Nigel Polak (Deputy Convenor) is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups, and is an academic teacher and supervisor in the School of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He is the founding Secretary of the Victorian Association of Restorative Justice and brings more than 20 years of experience leading diverse volunteer organisations. He has had prior careers as a Solicitor, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and mediator. He lives in country Victoria and works in the Melbourne CBD and so brings an understanding of both rural and metropolitan needs to the Leadership Group.

David Cronin has been a clinical member of PACFA since 2007. A long with a Masters in Professional Education and Training he has completed a wide range of training in the mental health and well-being field. He works therapeutically with individuals, couples, families and groups. He is passionate about integrating and enabling people’s understanding of physical and mental health. David is the director of a multidisciplinary practice that incorporates Chiropractic, Counselling, Naturopathy, Chinese Medicine, Myotherapy, Massage Therapy, Podiatry, Sports Acupuncture and Physiotherapy.


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