POD – our team


Anne O’Connor

Anne O’Connor is a Psychologist and trainer / facilitator who has worked in the trauma field since 1995. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency. She also has a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Her experience includes working with people from refugee-type backgrounds; international aid workers; injured workers; survivors of the Victorian bushfires; and indigenous communities.
Anne also has 12 years’ experience working with torture survivors and people who live in long term uncertainty whilst seeking asylum. This includes those asylum seekers who have been held in prolonged immigration detention. At Foundation House Anne has worked as a psychologist in the mental health clinic; as a trainer / facilitator and currently as the Program Leader of the Professional and Organisational Development program.
Anne has a private practice in Melbourne where she supports professionals working in the humanitarian sector. She is also a qualified instructor of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy program for depression relapse prevention and has been a meditator for the past 31 years. This practice informs all aspects of Anne’s work.

Conrad Aikin

Conrad Aikin has spent most of his 25 years’ experience as a psychologist and counsellor working at Foundation House with survivors of torture and trauma. He was a senior practitioner and currently provides case supervision to Foundation House Counsellor/Advocates and has been part of the Professional and Organisational Development team for more than ten years. He graduated from the University of Melbourne, is a registered Supervising Psychologist and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He has worked in diverse areas of counselling and psychology in the community and public sectors and in private practice. His work has included coaching and employee assistance, vocational rehabilitation, and drug and alcohol counselling. He has a consultancy practice in Melbourne focusing on debriefing and supervision of professionals who respond to people who have experienced psychological trauma. Conrad has a focus on assisting professionals who work with survivors of severe and complex trauma to understand and work with the emotional effects of that work.

Michael Bromhead

Mike Bromhead has been a Counsellor/Advocate at Foundation House for 17 years, providing assessment, therapeutic interventions and advocacy for children, adolescent and adult survivors of torture, war related trauma and persecution. He has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and politics and has further studied in trauma psychotherapy. He has been a past Coordinator of Foundation House direct services in the Melbourne northern region, and for the past ten years has specialised in working with people seeking asylum. He has developed a sound understanding of the socio-political / persecutory context of clients from Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey. He has experience in working with abused and at-risk adolescents, psycho-geriatric patients, and children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities, the latter both in Australia and Canada.

Chanelle Burns

Chanelle is an accomplished and innovative Social Worker with over 10 years experience in working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Victoria. Chanelle has undertaken a range of roles throughout her career from direct service level through to senior organisational management. Prior to joining POD as a facilitator, Chanelle worked as a Counsellor Advocate at Foundation House, specialising in therapeutic practice with children and their families who have experience refugee related trauma. Chanelle has significant experience in navigating practice across language and culture and she is committed to finding collaborative and respectful ways of working alongside individuals, families, and communities. Chanelle has a Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work and through this particularly focused on how narrative practices traverse language and culture. Chanelle sits on the board of two not-for-profit organisations in Melbourne: 100 Story Building and Community Four. Chanelle is also a yoga practitioner and teacher.

Susannah Tipping

Susannah Tipping is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in a diverse range of mental health settings since 1998, in Australia and in the USA. She has worked with traumatic injury survivors, young people with psychosis, in justice settings, and in an inpatient psychiatric unit. At Foundation House she has worked as a Counsellor/Advocate, Research Fellow, sessional psychologist, and facilitator. Susannah has completed a Doctor of Philosophy in the area of refugee mental health, focusing on the resettlement experiences of Sudanese-Australians.
Other interests include the psychosocial support of staff, in particular those working in humanitarian and development roles.


Therese Meehan

Therese Meehan is the Rural Liaison Coordinator for Foundation House, providing training and secondary consultation to services in rural areas in working with survivors of torture and trauma.
She has 22 years’ experience as a social worker including experience in community health and mental health settings, and as a Counsellor Advocate and Coordinator working with refugee survivors of torture and trauma.