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PACFA representative on NSW Victims Services Professional Advisory Panel

PACFA is pleased to announce that PACFA Clinical Member, Merle Conyer, has been nominated as PACFA’s representative on the Victims Services Professional Advisory Panel for NSW.

The Professional Advisory Panel (PAP) has been established to provide a consultative forum for reviewing the activities of Approved Counsellors who are contracted to provide free counselling services to the victims of crime in NSW. The PAP is made up of a panel of experts that will advise the Commissioner of Victims’ Rights on professional issues impacting on the Approved Counselling Service.

PACFA has been selected to participate in the PAP along with representatives of the Australian Psychological Society, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Mental Health Branch of the NSW Department of Health.

This is an important development for counsellors and psychotherapists in NSW. Participation in the PCP will enable PACFA to raise the profile of psychotherapists and counsellors to ensure that we can have a growing role as providers for the Approved Counselling Service.

PACFA has nominated Merle Conyer to this role due to her substantial experience as a psychotherapist working with complex trauma. Congratulations to Merle on her appointment.

Merle Conyer offers psychotherapy, supervision, group work, training and consulting services. She works with people and organisations impacted by interpersonal, institutional, political and cultural violence and abuse. In addition to private practice Merle contributes to institutions implementing redress programs, legal services, Aboriginal organisations, agencies informed by social justice and human rights values, and with community-based activists. Merle centres anti-oppressive and decolonising principles in her approach.