Rossi Lyons

Senior Consultant

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Rossi holds a Masters degree in organisational psychology and has over 25 years of experience in health, mental health, child and family, welfare and education. She has a particular interest in whole-of-government initiatives and service system development.  In addition to clinical work, her roles have included project management, policy development, strategic planning, change management, service development and review, service system development, multi-disciplinary team management, training and development.

Her consulting career follows 20 years in management and clinical roles in New South Wales and Victoria.  She brings a strong sense of social justice and well-developed skills in networking and community engagement, particularly in Aboriginal communities.  Rossi’s work at a systemic level is grounded on extensive experience in clinical work, service development and senior management in maternal and child health, mental health, health, disability and community-based programs.

Previous roles include:

  • Independent consultant for various projects in the mental health and welfare field
  • Families First Project Leader NSW Cabinet Office, incorporating the Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy and Kids Excel
  • Authorised Clinician NSW Children’s Court Clinic
  • Senior Policy Officer NSW Cabinet Office
  • A/Program Manager, Families First, NSW Cabinet Office
  • Women’s Health Coordinator, Northern Rivers Area Health Service
  • Manager, Child and Family Health Service (Lismore and District), Northern Rivers Area Health Service
  • Lecturer, Personnel Psychology, Lismore TAFE
  • Tutor, Grad Dip Ed, Southern Cross University, Lismore
  • Various clinical roles in the public sector and private practice.

Consulting projects completed by Rossi include:

  • Development of a mental health directorate communication strategy
  • Facilitating a network approach to mental health service delivery
  • Community consultation to support expansion of mental health rehabilitation services
  • Mental health policy development for a state government department
  • Service model review across three psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • Review of a mental health service management structure
  • Preparation of funding submissions.

Rossi has presented conference papers and developed resources for families, including:

  • Evidence to Practice: support networks for families with young children NIFTey 2006 Conference: Prevention: Invest Now or Pay Later, Sydney February 2006
  • Doordanbee Muggy Jarjums (Growing Up Strong Jarjums) – Parenting/child development booklet for Far North Coast Aboriginal families and workers.
  • North Coast Aboriginal Women’s Gathering, Evans Head 2003; Yamba 2005. Conference organiser and presenter in collaboration with the Indigenous Coordination Centre, Coffs Harbour.
  • Making it Happen for Australia’s Children Conference, September 5-8, 1999, Canberra. Presentation on the NSW Families First Initiative.
  • “As thin as prosciutto”: A model for a visiting child psychiatry service. Presented at “Making Waves”, the NSW Rural Mental Health Conference in Ballina, February 1998
  • Lismore Case Co-Ordination Model
    • Child Abuse and Prevention Conference in Brisbane, August 1996
    • NSW Child and Family Health Conference in Sydney, October 1996
    • First National Home Visiting Conference in Canberra, June 1997.
Rossi has a particular interest in whole of government initiatives and service system development and holds a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology.