Bernadette holds a BA in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of South Australia and has over 20 years' experience leading and managing not-for-profit community organisations.
Prior to being appointed to her current position as CEO of Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Bernadette was the Director of STTARS for 12 years. During her tenure at STTARS she served on the Executive of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) for 3 years. In 2012 she was elected to represent the Pacific Region on the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors (IRCT) and subsequently served 4 years as Treasurer on the IRCT Executive Committee.
She brings an understanding of the needs of torture survivors and the provision of rehabilitation services, experience in managing the strategic challenges and risks faced by torture and trauma services, and familiarity with the ethical and political complexities involved in this field of work.