- Our People
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Outback Futures is run by a passionate group of committed people, and each individual on the team contributes a large number of volunteer hours throughout the year. Most work the equivalent of two jobs to see services delivered to people in remote rural locations.
BSc, DipPsych, MCouns, MAPsS
Selena is a registered Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling whose private practice has, for more than two decades, offered training, consultancy, supervision and counselling. Prior to that, she was part of the original team that established Kids Helpline and has worked with young people and families through a variety of mental health agencies including Queensland Health and Baptist Community Services. Selena has considerable experience in developing and implementing programs and seminars in a wide range of professional and community settings. For seven years now, Selena has been running seminars and leading mental and allied health clinics in Far North Queensland, offering consistent and committed care to rural and remote families. She was part of the small committed team of volunteers who founded Outback Futures back in 2013 and is dedicated to working to bridge the city – bush divide and joining with other mental and allied health service providers in the Central West to deliver accessible, quality, reliable and consistent care to our rural and remote Queenslanders.
Rhys was born in Gunnedah NSW, but spent his formative years in Canberra. He moved to Brisbane with his wife Jo and three kids in 2004. He has spent time working for the Queensland State and Federal Governments, but more recently in a community development support role with a group of local and international projects and programs.
Rhys has had the privilege of travelling to a number of international destinations which has helped solidify his love and appreciation of Australia. He is challenged by the needs in remote communities and is excited to be part Outback Futures in bringing hope, building resilience and strengthening community.
Louise was born and educated in the UK, completing a Bachelor of Hons (Arts) in French and working in Europe as a LiveNote stenographer and editor, before marrying an Aussie and migrating to Australia. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia and has lived in Brisbane for the last ten years. She is passionate about family and is the dedicated mother of two children. She has a deep admiration for outback women and is driven by a desire to see consistent, high quality allied health services made available to them and their families. She is currently supporting the pastoral team at Toowong Uniting Church and takes an active role in the remote clinic program.
Wendy has been part of the Outback Futures team as a Physiotherapist with a wide range of experience behind her. She has 30 years of practice including 2 years of paediatrics, 18 years covering all areas of a major metropolitan public hospital (outpatients, orthopaedics, neurological, ICU, prisoners, emergency etc etc) and ten years in a community health and wellness centre, where she enjoyed offering hydrotherapy as a specialist area of physiotherapy.
Wendy fell in love with outback Australia on her treks around Australia first with husband Steve soon after they married, and then 14 years later with three kids in tow. She is delighted to be able to serve our fellow Queenslanders who live in remote and isolated locations of our harsh yet beautiful outback.
BEd (Early Childhood), Cert IV HR
Simone Thorlton is part of Outback Futures’ support team in her role as Business Coordinator. In this role Simone looks after many day to day operations that keep Outback Futures running, helps with the logistics for clinics, and assists with clinics as coordinator. Simone has spent over 10 years working in administration, HR, and payroll with a variety of organisations. Simone also has a Bachelor or Education in Early Childhood and has taught preschool and is currently working part time in Outside School Hour Care in a local primary school. She has been part of the city team that has helped out at Camp Cobbold over the past four years, working specifically in the playgroup. Simone is so excited to be part of the support team and assisting in clinics as she has grown to love and admire the families and people in rural and remote Queensland during her time with them.