Our trainers, on the road all over Australia

Johnathan Link

Johnathan Link

Born in 1960, Johnathan’s background is Kuku Yalinji (Father’s Mother) Mossman Gorge region, Nyamal (Father’s Father) Pilbara Region WA, Quandamooka (Mother’s Mother) Stradbroke Island.

He has 3 children (Jayde, Travis & Shaquille) – ages 28, 25, 22 and 2 grand-daughters (Shanai, Kloe) – ages 7 and 4. Johnathan has nine step-children (5 girls, 4 boys) and eleven step grand-children (9 girls, 2 boys).

Johnathan himself is the eldest of nine children (3 boys and 5 girls, one deceased at birth). Johnathan currently lives on the Gold Coast with his partner, Margaret, mother of his 9 step children.

Johnathan was institutionalised in the early 1960’s and lived in a boys home until 1973. He then moved to Slacks Creek with his brother and lived together with his parents until 1977 until completion of his high school education.

Work history

Johnathan’s work history spans many years with different Government Departments, including the private sector, NGO’s and later the RFDS QLD Sector.

 

Whilst at RFDS, Johnathan worked with the RRMH throughout the early days of the Deadly Thinking program, aiding in the development and facilitation of our Social & Emotional Wellbeing Program with a view to contribute to the well-being of our remote Indigenous Australians.

Johnathan is passionate about and invested in the Deadly Thinking program which he has personally facilitated across our nation.

He is available by request to deliver workshops to organisations that want to help close the gap of Indigenous disparity and to communities and individuals struggling to cope with the stressors of everyday living.

Education

  • Johnathan completed high school in 1977 (Gr12)
  • Degree in Indigenous Health Studies (Mental Health) 2005
  • Diploma of Indigenous Health Studies (PHC/General Health) 2005
  • Certificate in TAE (2012) Trainer & Assessor
  • Various other Mental health qualifications (AODs/MH& SEWB)
  • Master Instructor in Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid
  • Instructor Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Facilitator of Indigenous Risk Impact Screening (QH)
  • Facilitator of Back in Control (Drug Relapse Prevention Program)
  • Facilitator of Growth Empowerment Measure Program
  • Cross Cultural Awareness Trainer
  • Facilitator of the Cultural Practice Program (Gold Coast)

Awards

  • Qld Fire & Rescue – Auxiliary Fire – Region 5 (1994)
  • RFDS Service Award for “Dedication and Commitment in Social & Emotional Wellbeing” 2012

Margaret Saunders

Margaret identifies as a descendent of the Wiradjuri People in Central New South Wales through her father. Margaret’s mother is non – Indigenous.

Having completed both the ‘Deadly Thinking’ program and ‘Train the Trainer’ several times over, Margaret build on her existing communication and presentation skills to become an outstanding presenter of ‘Deadly Thinking’ workshops.

An Aboriginal woman with a large family, Margaret has a huge amount of empathy and can relate to many sensitive issues. She presents confidently, in an appropriate manner, thereby achieving successful results with workshop participants.

Work history

Margaret has worked with ATSI people in both Government and Non-Government sectors for many years.

Margaret is conscious of cultural protocols at all times. She is discreet and maintains confidentiality when discussing sensitive issues with workshop participants. Margaret is currently a dedicated Deadly Thinking and Train the Trainer facilitator, traveling all over Australia.

Personal attributes

Margaret works by the philosophy that developing productive relationships can be achieved by being inclusive, approachable and openly sharing knowledge.

Margaret’s skills in these areas are particularly effective when interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She represents an excellent choice of Trainer to support and promote awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture to the wider community.

Amanda Ahmat

Mandy Ahmat

Mandy is a proud Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander women, born in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Her father was also born in Darwin, with family connections to Torres Strait – Badu Island.  Mandy’s mother was born at Beagle Bay Mission in Western Australia and has strong connections to the Kimberley region.

Mandy’s father’s mother country is Roper River, Northern Territory. Her Nana was taken from Roper River when the ‘Patrol Board’ was looking for ‘half-caste’ children to remove.

Mandy has recently returned to her birth home – Darwin, to care for her aged mother who is 87 years old. She is also a single mother to two young men aged 25 and 22 years of age.

 

Work history

Mandy worked in the Northern Territory for 20 years and for State Government in South Australia over the last 10 years, specialising in Mental Health – Social Emotional Wellbeing, Community Service, and Administration.. She has worked both in rural and remote areas of Australia, covering Central Australia and Country.

Personal attributes

Mandy works by the philosophy that developing productive relationships can be achieved by being inclusive, empathetic and respecting others.

Mandy is aware of the importance of cultural protocols at all times. She maintains confidentiality when discussing sensitive issues and is committed to sharing about mental health in a culturally identifiable setting.

Program Experience

In 2014, Mandy completed both Deadly Thinking workshops in South Australia.  She found it was a great opportunity to enhance and build on existing skills and knowledge in mental health.

Mandy has successfully delivered several ‘Deadly Thinking’ workshops to community members across Australia, and is highly experienced in facilitating ‘Train the Trainers’ events. A Deadly choice of Trainer to facilitate your workshop, Mandy is available for bookings regularly in 2017.

Gina Baker

Gina Baker headshot.

Program Experience

Following being identified as an outstanding presenter in early 2017 during her training, Gina has gone on to facilitate the Deadly Thinking, and Train the Trainer program as both co-facilitator and main presenter.

Gina is passionate about the Deadly Thinking workshops and the awareness they create for our people of solutions to the problems that we are suffering through.

 

 

Gina belongs to Darumbal through her Dad and Grandfather, and Pita Pita through her Dad and Grandmother.  Gina also belongs to Gangulu on her Mother’s and Grandfather’s side and Goreng Goreng on her Mother and Grandmother’s side, all located around the Central Queensland region.

Gina currently lives in Gladstone Queensland

Work history

In addition to facilitating for Deadly Thinking, Gina is a healer. She strongly believes that through healing we will be able to reclaim strength, and become the strong people that we used to be.

Gina is regularly available for workshops bookings, both Deadly Thinking one-day workshop, and Train the Trainer. She is also available to talk about your own healing journey.

Personal attributes

Gina is aware of the importance of cultural protocols and maintains confidentiality when discussing sensitive issues.

Gina is committed to sharing about mental health and healing in a culturally identifiable setting. She is an excellent choice of Trainer to promote awareness of self-care, and social and emotional wellbeing.