Amy has been committed to ways of working that bring about positive social change for two decades in a range of human service practice contexts. Her thinking has been influenced by experiences gathered in domestic and family violence, homelessness, family intervention, out of home care and the early childhood services sectors. Amy has enjoyed roles spanning from frontline practice work through to executive management in both state wide and national organisations, finding practice development work particularly captivating over the last decade.
Amy is energised by approaches that thoughtfully engage with the strengths and dignity of people. To this end, she is strongly influenced by response-based practice and the ways in which intentional and meaningful conversations can provide a foundation for exploring people’s capacity for change. Amy has an engagement style that aligns with strengths-based, solution focussed and participatory leadership methods – at all times aiming to balance empathy with a sense of fun. She has significant experience in professional supervision and workplace training – specifically in the areas of strengths based practice, domestic violence and out of home care – as well as university lecturing. Amy’s continuing doctoral studies within public health shows her commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy, and her thesis aims to harness the advances that are rapidly occurring in Australia regarding violence against women and social change.