Sue Carlile – CEO
Sue Carlile is the CEO of Family Access Network (FAN), and has worked in the homelessness sector for more than 30 years, and prior to that juvenile justice and local government. . In addition to the core funded work at FAN Sue has been and continues to be involved in the development of a number of innovative projects including: SSATI/LGBTIQ responses, Post Care, Young People and Family Violence, Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative, Young Families in Crisis, enhanced responses through Creating Connections; Private Rental Brokerage Program; and a Capacity Building Children’s Program. An active contributor to sector enhancement and reform, including the establishment of Supported Accommodation Assistance Program in the 80’s and presenting evidence to the Burdekin Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Our Homeless Children, amongst many others too numerous to note.
Research and innovative projects and partnerships are keen interests also; notable projects include: LGBTI & Homelessness, Pregnancy & Homelessness, “Does camping count?” Children’s experiences of homelessness; other research projects related to parenting young women, same sex attracted transgender intersex young people, sexual health, to name a few. Several of these have resulted in Conference presentations and journal articles.
Maureen Higgins – Financial Administrator
Maureen Higgins, Financial Administrator, commenced at FAN in 2008. This was Maureen’s first position in the not-for-profit sector having worked for many years in the private sector. Maureen worked in many management roles, including Commercial and Operational management for manufacturing companies involved in clothing, industrial items and precious metals, including a Public Company structure.
Nicole Bateman – Administration Officer
Nicole joined FAN in 2013 as Administrator Officer after working a number of years in Administration and completing a Diploma in Community Services. She provides administrative support to the CEO & Board with Board meeting preparation and documents, produces the quarterly newsletter, collates the Annual report, maintains the website, contributes to Portfolios & CQI, provides support during Accreditation and everyday general office duties. Nicole enjoys working with a team and organisation that makes a true difference in the lives of young people.
Michelle Thompson – Team Leader
Michelle Thompson is the Team Leader of the Client Services Team at Family Access Network. Michelle has worked in the Community Sector for over 20 years mainly working with young people and their families. Michelle has worked in a variety of settings including Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Youth Homelessness, Family Services and Community Health. Michelle is a qualified Youth Worker and Counsellor.
Clinton McDonald – Homeless Support Service Youth Worker
In May 2017, Clinton began working as one of FAN’s Youth Support Workers in the HSS program supporting young people who are experiencing/at risk of homelessness. Prior to this, Clinton completed his 3rd year professional placement with FAN in 2015 as part of his Bachelor of Youth Work. During his time with FAN Clinton undertook a research project ‘Are We There Yet? – meeting the needs of trans and gender diverse young people’. The final research report was subsequently presented at FAN’s 2016 AGM. Clinton’s previous experience includes working with young people with disabilities and secondary school students.
Carly Witte – Homeless Support Service Youth Worker & Private Rental Brokerage Program Support Worker
Carly started at FAN in April 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Youth Work placement with FAN the previous year. During Carly’s placement at FAN she worked with the Young Mums’ Group with Beck, engaging with the attendees and their children. Carly’s previous experience includes childcare, supporting young people in alternative education and young people with disabilities. Throughout her studies Carly took a particular interest in best practice when working with young people experiencing family violence.
Carly has two roles at FAN: as a Private Rental Brokerage Support Worker assisting young people who are ready to access private rental to find and secure their new homes as well as a Youth Support Worker supporting young people experiencing homelessness.
Oriana Phutully – Private Rental Brokerage Program Support Worker
Oriana’s educational background is a degree in Social Science ( Policy & Research) from RMIT and is also currently completing Masters in Social Work at RMIT. Prior to starting at FAN she had worked in various homelessness services in Victoria in different roles. She started with FAN in 2011 in the Private Rental Brokerage Program (PRBP) and continue to work in this program. The PRBP is a government funded program that aims to assist young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in accessing private rental housing and has been operating at FAN since 2007 and assisted hundreds of young people in exiting the homelessness service system in to long term sustainable housing.
Carol Addicoat – Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative (HYDDI) Support Worker
Carol (Dual Diagnosis Clinician: Registered Psychiatric Nurse) has 17 years working in Mental Health. She works as a HYDDI) clinician. Prior to coming to Eastern Health and Family Access Network, she held the HYDDI position for 3 years in the Western Region of Melbourne. She finds the work inspirational. Working with young people and supporting them to make changes earlier in life towards better life outcomes is what HYDDI is all about! HYDDI is part of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) and supports the Homeless Sector services and also supports staff in capacity building training and education and direct support to our most vulnerable youth. HYDDI can be contacted for primary and secondary consultation at a time where it may be difficult to engage this often transient population of young people. HYDDI is purely outreach.