Student Support Services Coordinator | Townsville Catholic Education Office | Townsville Diocese
As a Student Support Services Coordinator, Annette McCarthy provides assistance with student wellbeing, as well as educational support, to schools in the Townsville Diocese of the Townsville Catholic Education Office.
Annette coordinates the 28 Student Support staff across the region, with staff supporting schools using their expertise in psychology, counselling, speech pathology and inclusive education to make a difference in the lives of students.
“The role also enables me to distribute resources to support students with diverse learning needs,” Annette says.
In her secondary school years Annette pondered a future as a teacher but, at the last minute, impulsively applied to do a Bachelor of Psychology. After successfully completing her degree at JCU she moved to the Gold Coast for a Psychologist role and then relocated to Brisbane where she worked in various government and non-government positions as a Psychologist and multidisciplinary team manager.
“National reform in the area of student mental health and wellbeing in our schools is taking centre stage.”
During this time she completed a Masters in Educational Psychology and worked in various developmental health contexts including the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
“I came home to Townsville looking for a career change and a return to family after 14 years and was successful in gaining a Guidance Counsellor role in our Townsville Catholic Education Office schools,” Annette says.
“I worked across the Diocese doing outreach and then, keen to get back into managing a multidisciplinary team, I took up my current role. It’s amazing to think my career has taken me full circle back into the educational context.”
The experience Annette brings in developmental psychology, mental health and wellbeing, as well as disability, from beyond the school setting is invaluable.
“I’m excited to see the new opportunities opening up for our students,” Annette says.
“National reform in the area of student mental health and wellbeing in our schools is taking centre stage. This is likely to impact on all our schools in a very positive way going into 2018 and 2019.”