Eliza is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Director of Blackbird: a counselling and support service to assist women with the emotional adjustment to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
Eliza has worked across the mental health sector for the past 20 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Queensland in 1999, obtaining two Executive Dean’s Commendation Awards for High Achievement in 1998 and 1999. She has worked across various human service organisations including government, non-government and the private sector. She formed part of the Sunshine Coast Assessment Services Team and Social Work service for the Department of Human Services for 11 years.
Eliza is mother to Gracie (9) and Harry (7). She experienced her own challenges becoming a mother when her children were born and draws on this experience throughout her practice. Eliza was born on International Women’s Day and has dedicated her professional life to empowering and nurturing women to thrive by providing support, education and counselling.
Eliza brings compassion and a non-judgmental attitude to her work at all times. Eliza also works with the Gidget Foundation’s Start Talking Program, Mindstar and The University of the Sunshine Coast.
Eliza has appeared on ABC radio and was a regular contributor to Kids on The Coast magazine speaking about infertility, postnatal depression and maternal mental health.
Eliza provides supervision and training to health professionals around Social Work Practice, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and Master & Bachelor of Social Work students at The University of the Sunshine Coast.
Eliza works with the Gidget Foundation’s ‘Start Talking Program’ and Mindstar’s partnership with the Queensland Ballet. She is a Member of the Australian Marce Society.
Eliza is a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and regularly participates in a variety of professional forums, attending training in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health – Centre for Perinatal Psychology in 2018 and the Marce Society Perinatal Mental Health Conference in 2017. She provides guest lectures to Pregnancy and Mums and Bubs Yoga Groups, Dr George Bogiatzis’ Breastfeeding Group, Mons Playgroup for New Mums; and Nambour Community Centres’ ‘The Nest’ Program.
Eliza developed ‘The Women’s Series’ in 2018, four workshops addressing issues that impact upon women across the lifespan including Adjustment to Motherhood and Stress Management for Health Professionals. She also developed the Mother Mentor Program in 2018, an 8 week pilot program linking new and experienced mothers in an effort to reduce social isolation; and has continued to run this program throughout 2019.
To ensure that every mother benefits from
psychologically informed primary care.
To be known as a service that recognises risks for women in the perinatal period. To respond by providing education, counselling and referral to promote health, emotional well-being and adjustment to women through the child-bearing and child-raising period. To assist women to acquire new knowledge and to respect, educate and support skill development to build confidence and competence in their role as a mother.
Compassion, Respect, Empowerment, Kindness, Adaption.