CEO & Chairperson Messages
philly

Welcome to the official website of REFOCUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Family Support Services.

Thank you for taking your time to learn about us and hopefully take part in our organisation sometime in the near future. We have an informative website which allows you to contact us directly via an online form.

REFOCUS Board and Staff endeavours to provide support to our community in the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. We are focused in promoting early intervention services and in encouraging our staff to keep up-to-date with recent training developments and wellbeing.

Having now firmly established ourselves as the bearers of the highest standards in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, we continue to see new opportunities for growth- professionally, personally and business wise. Being professional cultural practitioners and case managers, our values and principles are the core to our practice. The compelling combination of our values and principles as reflected in our Strategic Plan, Relationships and Commitment to our business, place us in a strong position to seize these opportunities for creating further growth and development for the Service, Our Children, Our Families and the North Coast Community.

REFOCUS Team
DARCY

REFOCUS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander service was founded in 2010 by a team who had a vision for a more inclusive Family and Child Protection Support agency for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. REFOCUS aspires to a community where everyone is valued and enjoys the opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams without being connected to the child protection sector and are strengthened and supported by the whole of community in a natural approach to empower change and ensure everyone has the ability to become the truest expression of themselves.

REFOCUS is a vibrant community service organisation that engages with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, families, couples and individuals with Children under the age of 18 in their care in an array of topics such as:

  • empower to build better family and couple relationships
  •  support the education, wellbeing and safety of children
  • empower parents to reach their full potential
  • empower victims of family violence and influence perpetrator behaviour
  • assist families who are at risk of homelessness
  • ssist people experiencing financial stress and provide practical solutions and budgeting plans to through the wellbeing hub
  • advocate on issues of social importance around child protection and family wellbeing

We greatly value the support of the community in helping REFOCUS to achieve supporting families in a holistic approach through an array of service delivery approaches based on genuine family and community practise that lead to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families/ individuals culture and community structures and networks. Please get in touch if you would like to support REFOCUS through collaboration or to join our team to Redirect and Empower through Opportunities in Culturally Unique Services.

Ange Rhimes
REFOCUS Director
REFOCUS Team
Philly Nakata-Bradley, Director
philly

Welcome to the official website of REFOCUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Family Support Services.

Thank you for taking your time to learn about us and hopefully take part in our organisation sometime in the near future. We have an informative website which allows you to contact us directly via an online form.

REFOCUS Board and Staff endeavours to provide support to our community in the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. We are focused in promoting early intervention services and in encouraging our staff to keep up-to-date with recent training developments and wellbeing.

Having now firmly established ourselves as the bearers of the highest standards in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, we continue to see new opportunities for growth- professionally, personally and business wise. Being professional cultural practitioners and case managers, our values and principles are the core to our practice. The compelling combination of our values and principles as reflected in our Strategic Plan, Relationships and Commitment to our business, place us in a strong position to seize these opportunities for creating further growth and development for the Service, Our Children, Our Families and the North Coast Community.

REFOCUS Team
Darcy Cavanagh, Co-Founder & Director
DARCY

REFOCUS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander service was founded in 2010 by a team who had a vision for a more inclusive Family and Child Protection Support agency for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. REFOCUS aspires to a community where everyone is valued and enjoys the opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams without being connected to the child protection sector and are strengthened and supported by the whole of community in a natural approach to empower change and ensure everyone has the ability to become the truest expression of themselves.

REFOCUS is a vibrant community service organisation that engages with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, families, couples and individuals with Children under the age of 18 in their care in an array of topics such as:

  • empower to build better family and couple relationships
  •  support the education, wellbeing and safety of children
  • empower parents to reach their full potential
  • empower victims of family violence and influence perpetrator behaviour
  • assist families who are at risk of homelessness
  • ssist people experiencing financial stress and provide practical solutions and budgeting plans to through the wellbeing hub
  • advocate on issues of social importance around child protection and family wellbeing

We greatly value the support of the community in helping REFOCUS to achieve supporting families in a holistic approach through an array of service delivery approaches based on genuine family and community practise that lead to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families/ individuals culture and community structures and networks. Please get in touch if you would like to support REFOCUS through collaboration or to join our team to Redirect and Empower through Opportunities in Culturally Unique Services.

Ange Rhimes, Director
Ange Rhimes
REFOCUS Director
REFOCUS Team
Annabelle Hartnell
Meriam Mir, Eastern Islands of Torres Strait
Community & Kinship Coordinator
Averil Go-Sam
Kuku-Yalanji & Djirbalngan Tribe, Cooktown – Mossman, QLD
Durban, South Africa
Executive Assistant & Business Support
Carolyn Weldon
Ingai Nation, Longreach, QLD
Kaimilaroi & Wiradjuri People, Mount Isa QLD
Kalkadoon, Flinders Range SA
A/Team Leader, Recognised Entity
Danny Ioane
Samoan & New Zealand
Targeted Youth & Disabilities Officer in the Wellbeing
Darcy Cavanagh
Bundjalung Clan, Tweed Heads NSW
Australian
Chief Executive Officer
Debbie Currey
Barkindji-Kunja, NSW
Case Manager, Child & Family Wellbeing
Aunty Diane Law
Wakka Wakka (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Child & Family Wellbeing

 

Gina Streatfield
English, Irish & American
Practice Consultant

Ivan Olig
Lomaloma Village, Fili Islands
Hamburg, Germany
A/Team Leader, Child & Family Wellbeing
James Doyle
Gungarri & Iman Clan, Mitchell & Taroom QLD
REFOCUS Identified Practitioner in Recognised Entity & Wellbeing
Katie Johnson
Darumbal & Minjerriba Mob, Rockhamption & North Stradbroke Island QLD
Child Protection Consultant, Recognised Entity
Milli Tuhakaraina
Te Urewara Land Tribe, Ruatahuna New Zealand
Samoan
Targeted Youth & Disabilities Officer in the Wellbeing
Neshama Van Maanenberg
Australian & Netherlands
Business Support Officer
Shelley Lawton
Bidjaka & Nyawaygi Mob, Charleville & Torres Strait Islands
Community & Kinship Care Coordinator
Ula Cavanagh
Nofoalii & Solosolo Villages, Samoa
German & New Zealand
Chief Operating Officer
Vicki Baker
Awabakal Tribe & Wiradjuri Mob, Maitland NSW
Child Protection Consultant, Recognised Entity
Yarraga Weatherall
Kamilaroi & Gamilarray Nation, St George QLD
Child Protection Consultant, Recognised Entity
Zac Alberts
Barkinui (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Trainee
Jawarrki Williams
Lordil – Mornington Island QLD, Gulf of Carpenteria (Website only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Child & Family Wellbeing
Rekisha Foley
Kalkadoon, Mt Isa & Torres Strait Islander (Website only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Child & Family Wellbeing

 

Tom Gower
Palawa, Tasmania (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Trainee
Tre Witehira
Maori (Website Only)
Business Support
Desire Pelikan
Australian (Website Only)
Finance Officer/Executive Assistant
Brittany Pelikan
Pannemuker, Tasmania (Website Only)
Business Support Officer
Adam Van Maanenberg
Australian & Netherlands (Website Only)
Maintenance Officer
Sana Smyth
Naghir Island, Torres Strait Island (Website Only)
Team Leader
Child & Family Wellbeing

 

Shonay Lomas
Wakka Wakka (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Community & Kinship Care
Broc Martin
Mithaka (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Child & Family Wellbeing
Tom Thompson
Yuin, Wreck Bay NSW & Wailwan, Gylargambone NSW (Website Only)
Identified REFOCUS Practitioner
Recognised Entity