Our workers are Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal working side by side. Our board is also Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.

All our workers are practicing psychotherapists, family therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, massage specialists, community organisational specialists, art therapists and music & dance therapists. All are especially trained and sensitive to all cultures.  Many work in other clinics, hospitals or therapeutic settings; many are in private practice.

All have years of experience in their field of expertise — many have worked over many years at the Royal Prince Hospital Aboriginal Maternity Unit and/or the Children’s Hospital Camperdown. We continue to consult with the Aboriginal experts in DET, early education and health, sometimes on a weekly basis.

Additionally, we work in tandem with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals from the childcare, health and education sectors — all of whom are given continuing professional training to help deliver Gunawirra’s programs.

Here you can find an overview of our team.

Our Staff

Graham Toomey, CEO/Executive Director, Aboriginal Cultural Advisor and Artist

Otello Terenzi  Executive Director of Governance and Strategy

Sharini Samarakoon, Director of Operations, Art Therapist

Katrina Ikonomou, Social Worker

Katherine Keyzer, Art Therapist

Julia Sideris, Art Therapist

Atziri Patino, Finance/Admin Officer

Denise Lynch, Research and Policies

Brendan Kerin Cultural facilitator / Consultant

Eve White Women’s Cultural Facilitator

Kizzy Yang Speech Therapist


Supervisor Consultants

Ingo Lambrecht, Supervisor on all Gunawirra psychoanalytic structures and especially in professionals care for professionals. Author of chapter in book. Psychoanalyst

Michael O’Loughlin, Yearly visiting and lecturing from USA. Contributor to books. Several chapters of Gunawirra work in his books and publications. Psychoanalyst


Volunteer Specialists

Melanie Houlahan, Graphic Designer

Dorothy Chan, Finance/Admin Officer