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Clinical Governance Committee

Clinical Governance Committee

The clinical work of Gidget Foundation Australia is overseen by a Clinical Governance Committee to ensure the maintenance of clinical standards, quality and safety, and that ethics and risk are appropriately monitored and addressed.

The Committee’s membership is diverse and represents a range of stakeholders. The Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff.

Dr Alice Dwyer (Chair)
Dr Alice Dwyer has worked in perinatal and infant mental health settings for almost a decade, both as a trainee psychiatrist and as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She has worked across inpatient mother-baby units, community outpatient clinics and as a private practitioner, and been fortunate to be supervised by Professors Bryanne Barnett and Marie-Paul Austin.

She has extensive experience in assessing, formulating, and treating parent-infant dyads utilising a biopsychosocial approach, and is trained in short, medium and long term psychotherapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Her core interests include further understanding the transgenerational transmission of attachment relationships, how to support the development of secure attachment in the parent-infant dyad, service development and models of care in perinatal and infant mental health, and in advocacy for increased accessibility for comprehensive trauma-informed interventions for this patient population.

Justine Adler

Justine is a warm, insightful and supportive therapist, who has worked for over 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist. She has gained specialised expertise in the perinatal period while working at Karitane Randwick and St John of God Burwood. In these settings, she has used individual and group treatments.

As a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, she has also facilitated several such groups. Justine recognises the importance of having appropriate support to navigate the journey to parenthood, including those that have had difficulty with conception, pregnancy losses, and birth trauma. She also has a particular interest in helping those experiencing perinatal anxiety.

Her work is largely informed by attachment-based therapy and interpersonal neurobiology. In therapy, Justine draws on a wide range of evidence-based psychological approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapies.

Justine also has relationships with a number of professionals working in the area. These include Perinatal Psychiatrists, Midwives, Parentcraft nurses, Child and Family Nurses, and perinatal mental health teams to ensure that where appropriate there is additional input and support. Justine is a Member of ACPA (Australia Clinical Psychology Association), APS (Australian Psychological Society), WAIMI, and AAIMHI and is a Board Approved Supervisor with APHRA.

Dr Emma Inglis

Dr Emma Inglis is a Staff Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Westmead and Auburn Hospitals. Emma completed her medical degree at Sydney University and her specialty training at Westmead Hospital. Her gynaecology interests include laparoscopic surgery and managing women with general gynaecological concerns.

Emma’s obstetric interests include diabetes and thyroid conditions in pregnancy, and she manages the obstetric endocrinology antenatal clinic at Westmead Hospital. Emma has an interest in education and training and is a RANZCOG training supervisor and clinical lecturer for the University of Sydney. She is currently a member of the RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee and Deputy Chair of the Education Subcommittee.

Dr Emma Lawrence
Dr Emma Lawrence is a specialist GP who has been working in the Eastern Suburbs and Inner West of Sydney for over ten years.

After graduating from Sydney University’s Graduate Medical Program, Emma gained further qualifications in both Children’s and Women’s Health before completing her General Practice Fellowship.

The care of infants and young children, Antenatal Shared Care and helping her patients transition to parenthood have become central aspects of her practice. Mental health and emotional wellbeing is another core area of her work. Emma has more recently pursued further education in Neurodevelopmental Care with the Possums Clinic.

Emma is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr David Moore
Dr David Moore completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2008 graduating with Honours from Sydney University. He has worked at Manly, Mona Vale and Hornsby Hospitals and spent 2011 working as a country GP near Byron Bay.

Dave describes himself as having an ‘amateur interest’ in Neuroscience and Mental Health, and is constantly intrigued by interactions between body and mind. Dave works at Cremorne Medical Practice as a GP and serves as an occasional medical commentator for Channel 9.

Anne Stapleton
Anne Stapleton has been a psychiatric nurse for 40 years, having trained at Gladesville Hospital. Currently, she is employed as a Perinatal Infant Mental Health Nurse at Royal North Shore Hospital and as a Registered Nurse at South Pacific Private Hospital.

She has also studied and worked as a naturopath and has completed training as a yoga teacher. Both of these areas have helped her when supporting people towards a healthy lifestyle and meeting their individual needs. Anne is focussed on women and families in her practice and is a very passionate advocate for supporting emotional wellbeing and PNDA.

Anita Sood
Anita Sood currently works as the Microsoft ISV & Next Generation Partnerships Lead. Anita is an accomplished business leader with many years of international experience in driving customer/partner digital transformation, leading high performing teams and shaping markets. She has worked at large technology companies like Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Anita brings to the Committee a wealth of invaluable experience in the corporate and technology sector, however, most importantly, she is also a consumer representative having been supported at one of our Gidget Houses.