Jacky Close | Executive Officer
I joined the OEPCP in June of 2006 and 13 years on I am still enjoying the flexibility and diversity of the work with partners and colleagues. The Outer East is a great place to work, so good in fact that I don’t even feel the need to complain, too often, about the one hour commute from the Northern suburbs each morning.
Prior to joining the OEPCP I worked in local government as a social planner and with the Department of Human Services in disability services and service planning. My work career started off a little differently to where it has ended up, my first job was as a research assistant in a molecular biology laboratory at the Howard Florey Institute at Melbourne University. I took up this role after completing an Honours Degree in Genetics, but after 3 years in medical research I decided to swap pipettes and test tubes for counselling and I completed a Bachelor of Social Work and worked in Child Protection for 3 years before moving to England to live in a thatched cottage in the beautiful county of Dorset.
When I’m not at work I love running meditation courses with my husband.
Kylie Osborne | Strategy & Engagement Coordinator
I have always felt at home in the not-for-profit environment, cutting my teeth with the sector at Australian Red Cross after completing my degree at Deakin. After moving on to the research department of the National Heart Foundation my passion for working in the health environment was cemented. With many years taken off to raise my children, I'm excited to have been able to get back into project management with the OEPCP in 2016.
In my spare time I love to plan every detail of our next holiday adventure or you’ll find me in my kitchen creating novelty cakes.
Laura Newstead | Prevention Coordinator
I’ve been the Prevention Coordinator at the OEPCP since 2014. I’ve also been a committee member for the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Victorian Branch for a few years, and some fo that was spent as Vice President.
Having come from a PCP in a different region, it’s been wonderful to work with the eager, generous and inspiring people in the East. With a passion for food and social justice, my Master’s thesis explored homeless women’s experience of accessing food, which galvanised my passion for food security so it’s a thrill to be able to work in this priority area in my role. I’m also passionate about Gender Equity and providing good role modelling for my two young daughters, so it’s a personal and professional thrill to support TFER in my role.
Now that I’m a mum of two littlies, I enjoy balancing the challenges to my feminist ideals that parenting brings (!) stumbling through learning Vietnamese alongside my kids, and planning our next trip to Japan.
Jean Crewe | Integrated Care Coordinator
My time at the OEPCP has been a bit sporadic. I joined the team in January 2016 but went on maternity leave 10 months later to have my second baby. I’ve now been back at work since August 2017 and my current areas of focus include alcohol and other drugs, mental health and family violence.
I’ve been working in the health sector for 14 years and I also do sessional teaching at Deakin University which is where I completed my Masters in Public Health.
With two kids under the age of 3 year I don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands but I do enjoy walking, travelling and interior design.
Joanne Gaskin | Administration & Project Officer
I joined the OEPCP in October of 2018.
Prior to this, my background has been varied. I initially started in the corporate world where I gained a breadth of experience and knowledge in administration, procurement and communications.
When I volunteered as a committee member for the local netball club, I developed a passion for working in not-for-profit services that promoted health and wellbeing to the community. This led to me taking on the role as Practice Manager for a Uniting Church counselling service where I was able to utilise all my skills in managing the operations of the service.
When I am not at work you will find me coaching a netball team or working out at the gym.
Bree Morison | Project Officer - The Well
I joined the OEPCP in November 2018.
I have extensive experience in administration and program support roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. I returned to study in 2010 to undertake a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, and went on to complete Honours in Health Science with my research exploring maternal employment participation. I am passionate about health promotion, environmental and social issues, and I’m very excited to join the team at the OEPCP.
Outside of work I enjoy walking, reading and teaching myself to sew.