Agi O’HaraConcept and Production
(Management Committee – President)
A registered psychologist and a visiting lecturer in psychology for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Neonatology at the University of Sydney, Agi has until recently been teaching in the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s BSW program, which she did for 21 years. As part of the program Agi specialised in counselling, child abuse, domestic violence, suicide awareness & prevention, grief & loss and eLearning.
In 2004 Agi was the successful applicant and Chief Investigator for a project funded by the Macquarie Bank, ‘Big Sisters Big Brothers: Mentors developing self-worth and confidence in disadvantaged and at-risk young people’.
She is the co-author of Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities (2nd ed.), published by Oxford University Press in November, 2011. Recent conference papers and publications have been in the area of suicide awareness & prevention: ‘Sticks and Stones….The Power of Words and Empathy in Suicide Prevention’ (AAASW conference, Sydney) and ‘Violence against the self: self-harm and suicide’ in B. Fawcett and F. Waugh (editors) Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and challenges. NY: Routledge.
Agi has had many years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups in her small private practice in the inner-west of Sydney, and provides clinical supervision for professionals working with individuals and groups.
Over the years Agi has been a consultant to government departments (LandCare, Dept. of Ageing, Disability & Home Care) and various private organisations (Amnesty International, Northside Clinic, Doctors Reform Society, Unifam, Interrelate) conducting group work training, group facilitation and team building courses and workshops.
Andrew UrbanInterviews and Production
(Management Committee – Treasurer)
A social documentarian, dedicated arts journalist since the 70s, and occasional author, Andrew has covered film, music and theatre for the last 20 years, writing for Australia’s leading publications, international film trade papers as well as publishing his own magazines. Andrew is the publisher and editor of Australia’s online movie magazine, Urban Cinefile (www.urbancinefile.com.au – est. 1997).
He created the prime time street interview social documentary TV series, Front Up, for SBS, which ran for nine years. He was Channel Host on the subscription TV channel World Movies for almost 5 years and since 2005 he has presented a regular course on contemporary film for the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney. Edge of the Known World – his collection of interviews for the 25th anniversary of the Australian Film and Television School – was published in November 1998; Brilliant Careers, the one hour documentary version which he wrote and narrated, aired on ABC television.
In January 2007, Andrew was commissioned by the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s Centre for Screen Business to produce an extensive series of in depth on camera interviews with film and TV industry practitioners, for the CSB website; the series (more than 100 interviews) continues into 2010.
In 2009, Andrew produced 30 video interviews for the new Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Greg KayCamera and editing
Greg has 30 years experience within the industry and established G. Kay Productions Pty Ltd a Sydney based camera crew and production facility, in 1993. G. Kay Productions has been a consistent contributor to the Sydney television and corporate video industry providing camera crew services to program producers as diverse as TV commercials to 26 part series.
Current commitments to the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly include television coverage on a daily basis of proceedings within the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, and distribution of the signals to the television networks for use in their daily news and current affairs shows.
Current major clients include the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly, Cornerstone Media, Hill and Knowlton Australia, MBF Australia, Zurich Financial Services Australia, Urban Cinefile, all local and various international television Networks including the French Channel 2-3.
Productions completed for these clients include video presentations for clients as diverse as:
- Zurich Australia (Video Newsletter)
- Movies This Week (Weekly TV Program)
- Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
- Westfield (Corporate Video)
- Goodman Fielder (Corporate Video)
- Fairfax (Corporate Video)
Ed Lukaszewski(Management Committee – Secretary)
Ed is a psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, and is a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists, within the Australian Psychological Society.
Ed has a varied professional background. Beginning in 1974, he has worked as a School Teacher, a District Officer (child protection and foster care), a Senior Staff Development Officer, and as a part-time University Lecturer. From 1987–2013, Ed has worked as a Counsellor in two large metropolitan Universities. He has extensive experience in providing individual therapy, relationship counselling and group therapy. Ed has also provided professional supervision for many Counsellors, Psychologists and other health professionals, for over 28 years.
Dr Matthew Jones(Management Committee)
Matthew is a forensic psychiatrist based in Sydney. He studied at the University of Sydney where he graduated with science and medical degrees.
He completed his specialist training in psychiatry becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2007 and concurrently attained a Certificate of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry. He later completed a Masters Forensic Mental Health at the University of New South Wales.
In 2012 he became a Foundation Member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry.
He currently works in medico-legal, criminal and clinical psychiatry in community and correctional settings.
Jack Goldberg(Management Committee)
Jack Goldberg graduated in Social Work, University of NSW, in 1971.
Jack’s first working few years were in Psychiatric Hospital Social Work in Sydney and then one year in the UK working at the Maudsley Hospital in a Community Mental Health program, prior to such models of care being established in Australia. Jack then became the first Director of Social Work at the Jewish Welfare Society in Sydney now called Jewish Care.
After 28 years in business, Jack returned to Social Work joining a Child and Family Community Health team in Bathurst NSW for 3.5 years, providing a counselling service for children and families at risk, Child Protection Counselling, Domestic Violence Counselling, Individual and Relationships Counselling, grief and loss counselling and adjustment to illness counselling.
During this period Jack was Chair of the Bathurst Domestic Violence Liaison Group, developing and facilitating with other local service providers 3 consecutive major community awareness programs against Domestic Violence. Jack is a White Ribbon Ambassador.
Jack was then a Team leader for 3.5 years, for the Benevolent Society, an NGO, Sydney based Charity in the Brighter Futures Program, a Family and Community Services funded program working with young vulnerable families with children under 8 years, in the Central Western Regional/Rural towns of Lithgow Bathurst, Mudgee and their surrounds.
For the past 2 years Jack has been a member of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District- Lithgow and Lawson Community Health Teams providing Social Work intervention for clients and carers, who have been challenged with ongoing chronic and complex health care issues.