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Phone 0429 909 173

Email info@acrossculture.org

About Us

Organisations are looking for people who are able to move a multicultural workforce toward a common purpose. We work with you to foster a diverse, vibrant and motivated workforce through building cultural capacity. We will assist your business to develop and communicate a strong, clear cultural vision.

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Our Team 

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Ian Bridger

Founding Director

Ian believes that investing in a multi-cultural workforce is the future - combining culture, people, education and training in an integrated, holistic way that pays superior dividends for organisations and communities.

Ian worked for 18 years in the Employment Sector. During this time he developed Indigenous Employment Strategies and worked with highly disadvantaged clients, youth and mature age jobseekers.

Ian has a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Organisational Learning and Change and worked in Europe and Asia for over 10 years. Ian has been lecturing at the Australian College of Applied Psychology for over 8 years to undergraduate and post graduate students, in: Approaches to Cultural Diversity; Organisational Behaviour; Contemporary Management Issues; Society and Culture in Organisational Behaviour; Managing in Ambiguity and Change; and Strategic Management. He has spoken at the University of Technology in Sydney on Strategy and the University of Sydney on Culture and its impact on business.

Ian uses his understanding of business, culture and education to assist in ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous Australia and non-Indigenous Australia. His work within this area gained him special recognition at World Indigenous Day in 2005.

 

 

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Daniel Kennedy - Wuduku Mayn

Director – Cultural Consultant / Community advisor

Daniel is from the Wiradjuri and Gumbayngirr Indigenous First Nations of Australia. Daniel was also given a personal blessing from the Yolgnu People of the Northern Territory. His many travels have connected him with numerous First Nations communities, including Yarrabah, Yugembeh and Adnymathanha.

Daniel has been supporting community through a Social services career for over 10 years. Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge from his own experiences growing up in the low socioeconomic environment of Western Sydney. He has worked closely with the community, supporting career advancement and social well being for a wide range of persons; with a focus on Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander people.

Daniel’s personal journey and travels have helped forge a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Indigenous People in urban and remote environments, being able to articulate the gap between Indigenous people and mainstream Australia; often described by Indigenous people as walking in two worlds. Daniel often hosts and speaks at corporate events, sharing his personal journey as well as sharing some of his deep understandings of the challenges faced by some Indigenous people transitioning into the corporate environment.

Daniel has a Diploma in Community development, and is a qualified instructor for mental health first aid (AMHFA certified).

 

 

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Director – Career Counsellor / Psychologist

Ian has been a career counsellor, trainer and psychologist for over 30 years. He has worked across the Commonwealth and State sectors, in the Employment Services sector, in a Training/Coaching consultancy, in the private sector and, in addition to his work with Across Culture, now in private practice.

His approach to all of his work, with staff, executives, corporations, and job-seekers, has been a non-judgemental client-centred approach where he works with his client to identify and help them fulfil their aspirations and manage any blocks they may have.

He maintains his enthusiasm and skills through ongoing membership of, and professional development with, the Australian Psychological Society, the Career Development Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Training and Development and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons), and a Master of Public Health. He is a registered psychologist and accredited career counsellor. He also has involvement in several businesses as a Director and Partner, ensuring that he maintains connection with the commercial sector, best-practice employment practices, and the economy and political landscape generally.

He travels extensively, is culturally and diversity-friendly, and has family links to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities.

 

 

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Administration Support

Chris brings a unique set of skills to Across Culture. Chris is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in this capacity for over 20 years; she has owned and run her own business, worked within Mental Health sector as an Employment Consultant and held various positions in administration.

Chris’ passion is to keep the back office running smoothly for an organization that aims to make a difference. Her values fit well with Across Culture’ s endeavors and her eye for detail enables the team to feel confident they have the support required to do their job.

 

 

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Trisha Newton

Trainer and Assessor

Trisha is a descendent of Princess King "Yarga" removed from the Bunya Mountains to Deebing Creek Mission. Trisha has historical ties with Kombumerri land and the Yugarmbeh people of the Gold Coast. Trisha’s skills have developed through her 19 year career with the Australian Federal Government; her small business career; her work as a volunteer with the Gold Coast City Council; and through her role with the Gold Coast NAIDOC Committee; the Indigenous Art and Design Award Advisory Committee; and the Gold Coast TAFE - ICAB (Indigenous Community Advisory Board). Trisha works as contract trainer in partnership with NGO’s, Corporate Business and Government. Her skills are: delivery of Indigenous Cultural Understanding, Cultural Safety, Mentoring and Community Engagement.

 

 

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Beryl Garrard

Trainer and Assessor

Beryl Garrard is from the Waanyi and Barada Barna Aboriginal peoples and lives in Brisbane. She completed a Diploma of Aboriginal Mental Health at the Marr Mooditj Training College, Perth in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Western Australia in 2005. Upon returning to Brisbane in 2006 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Beryl has completed studies in mental health and specifically in the area of counselling with the ability to provide effective counselling and psycho-educational programs to individuals and groups in community and custodial settings.

Beryl has been employed in the non-government and government sectors and is experienced in facilitating training to community and service providers in the following courses:

  • Non-Violent Conflict Intervention Training to staff,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course,
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Course,
  • Teen Mental Health First Aid Course and
  • Standard Mental Health First Aid Course

 

 

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Rhonda Woodward

Trainer and Assessor

Rhonda is a Kamilaroi woman from north/west NSW, but has lived in Canberra from a young age.

Rhonda has a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health). She has worked in the mental health field and trauma counselling area for many years. Through these roles Rhonda also provided awareness raising information and education sessions across Aboriginal communities.

Rhonda is a qualified trainer and assessor and has a background in developing and delivering education sessions.

Rhonda has worked in the Commonwealth Public Service for the last 10 years and provided career training, advice, information and support to Indigenous public servants and community organisations across Australia.

Rhonda is now retired from full time work but is passionate about mental health and continues to deliver mental health awareness sessions to Indigenous communities.

 

 

 

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