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Employee Assistance Contacts

The department's regionally based employee advisors are qualified counsellors, psychologists or social workers that are employed to support employees, Principals/Managers and whole workplaces either with issues related to individual or workplace health and wellbeing.

A wide range of supportive psychological health and wellbeing services are available to employees and workplaces through regional employee advisors. These services may include the following:

Contact details for DETE's regionally based Employee Advisors are provided below.

Education Regional Offices (including Early Childhood Education and Care regionally based staff) and all School based Employees

EAS Service - Regional Employee Advisors


Darling Downs South West Region

Jennifer Brennan (Full-time)
Toowoomba based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 4616 7602
Mobile: 0437 345 256

Far North Queensland Region

Carol-Ann Silson (Full-time)
Cairns based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 4037 3826
Mobile: 0404 862 538

North Queensland Region

Marlene Anderson (Full-time)
Townsville based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 4758 3364
Mobile: 0407 731 898

Central Region

Noel Ryan (Full-time)
Rockhampton based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 4932 4043
Facsimile: (07) 4938 4918

Metropolitan Region

Brenda Lack (Full-time)
Telephone: (07) 3436 6241
Facsimile: (07) 3280 1479

South East Region

Katrina Barben (Tues, Wed, Fri)
Eagleby based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 3386 4104
Mobile: 0419 758 460

North Coast Region

Peta Duncan (Tues, Wed, Thurs)
Murrumba based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 3203 9028
Facsimile: (07) 3881 9630

Rae Sander (Full-time)
Maryborough based Employee Advisor
Telephone: (07) 4122 0878
Mobile: 0428 729 581


External Employee Assistance Service - OPTUM

In addition to the staff and workplace support services offered by regional employee advisors, all DETE staff are now also able to access free short-term confidential counselling and referral services from external employee assistance provider Optum.

Staff and their immediate family members are able to access up to four (4) face to face phone or video counselling sessions per calendar year by either calling the 24/7 Optum contact centre on 1800 604 640 or by booking an appointment online via Optum's Live and Work Well website.

Employee Assistance Service for Central Office and CBD staff

A small centrally based team of EAS Consultants are available to assist Central Office/CBD staff and managers with EAS advice, management consultation and referral information and with external contract management issues.

DETE EAS Principal Consultant

Christine Loos
Principal HR Consultant (Employee Assistance and Wellbeing)
Telephone: (07) 3513 6564
Facsimile: (07) 3513 6592
Email: Christine.loos@dete.qld.gov.au

Central Office/CBD Employee Assistance Consultants

Ms Sue Alderton
Senior Consultant
Telephone: (07) 3513 6566

Mr Wayne Hunt (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)
Senior Consultant
Telephone: (07) 3513 6567

Ms Di Levak
Senior Consultant
Telephone: (07) 3513 6565

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This page was last reviewed on 21 Jul 2014

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