Rebecca Barry

 Rebecca Barry

BA/BSW, MSW, AMHSW

Rebecca has been a qualified social worker since 2002. Since completing her social work qualifications, Rebecca has worked in many fields of social work including Centrelink, hospital social work, aged care, mental health and as a University social work lecturer. Rebecca enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams and combining her qualifications in health and education.

Rebecca has a strong interest in mental health practice. Rebecca worked in Community Mental Health at Mildura Base Hospital, Victoria for approximately 10 years in both the Acute Response Team and as Team Leader of the Continuing Care Team. In 2007, Rebecca was approved as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Rebecca’s most recent role in mental health was as the Clinical Lead at Headspace in Griffith.

Rebecca grew up in Tamworth, NSW and since graduating from University has lived and worked in rural areas. Rebecca is passionate about rural health and professional development for clinicians working in rural areas.

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Rebecca’s interest in education and teaching led to her completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education in 2004.

From 2014 to 2016, Rebecca worked at La Trobe University (Mildura campus) lecturing in social work and social policy and supporting students undertaking placement. Since relocating from Mildura to Griffith, Rebecca has continued to provide clinical supervision to La Trobe University social work students via Skype.

Rebecca is passionate about teaching, clinical supervision and supporting students and embraces any opportunity to work with students to support their development. In her role as the Clinical Lead at Headspace in Griffith, Rebecca has provided clinical supervision to staff and students on placement and regularly facilitates training for staff.

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Rebecca has been involved in several different projects, which have all been carried out in rural areas.

In 2003, while working at Centrelink in Armidale, NSW, Rebecca was involved in project work exploring services available to families affected by drought in the New England area. This required Rebecca to travel around the area meeting with stakeholders to identify gaps in services, particularly in regards to psychological support.

From 2007 to 2009, Rebecca was involved in a project to implement a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) group in Community Mental Health. In 2009, this initiative received the Quality Activity Award at Mildura Base Hospital.

In 2012, during her time in Community Mental Health in Mildura, Rebecca was involved in project work to increase the safety of women in the psychiatric inpatient unit. Rebecca completed a successful submission to apply for funding to implement swipe card access to increase security for women in the hospital.

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Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (2002)
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) (2007)

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