Amy is a graduate of the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Amy conducted her final year research on social psychology and later went on to work as a research assistant in the School of Behavioural Sciences and then as part of the Engaging Fathers Program at the Family Action Centre, where she co-authored a paper published in the Journal of Family Studies.
Amy began working at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in 2006 and has since worked across national projects such as Response Ability, Mindframe National Media Initiative, and Partners in Depression, as well as state-based projects such as Conversations Matter and the Prevention First Framework. In this capacity, Amy has been involved in resource development, education and training and has presented papers at national conferences and been a guest lecturer at several Australian universities.
Amy has previously managed two of the Hunter Institute’s youth-focused community awareness projects – MindPlay and Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog.
Amy also has a 20 year history in the music industry and is an award-winning performer and composer. Amy’s arts/health advocacy has allowed her to appear on national television program Studio 10, as a guest performer at events such as the International Arts Health Conference and NSW Mental Health Commission’s “No Offence” and gained her acknowledgement in NSW Parliament.
"I thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to bring together my passion and expertise in both mental health and the arts, and the Institute has provided me with great support in this area."
Amy is currently working part-time as part of the Suicide Prevention team on national projects that support consistent, responsible and accurate communications around suicide and mental illness in Australia.