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Meet the Team

MEET THE BOARD

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Lorraine Wood

Owner and Co-Founder

Together with her husband Bill Wood, Lorraine opened South Pacific Private in 1993. Despite the loss of her husband, Lorraine continues to be the heart and soul of the Treatment Centre and steadfastly keeps everybody focussed on the mission and values of the hospital.

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Claire Barber

CEO

Since 2012, Claire has overseen the hospital’s strategic direction, governance, safety and quality systems, with the goal of improving outcomes for patients and creating a safe and supportive workplace for staff. She works with the experienced and dedicated management and clinical teams.

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Jill Farrell

CFO

As Chief Financial Officer, Jill’s role is instrumental in ensuring that the hospital delivers reliable, safe and quality care to clients through the management of the HR, payroll, finance and administrative functions of the hospital.

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Frances Hansen

Director

Frances is a Director on the board and is actively engaged across all aspects of the business. Utilising her background in art education, she also manages the direction and content of our onsite art therapy program.

MEET THE CLINICAL TEAM

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Dr Taggart Lidbury

Clinical Director

Dr Lidbury is a Psychiatrist who has a special interest and has done additional training in Addiction Psychiatry. Earlier in his career, he worked as an occupational and environmental physician and also worked in management roles in both the public and private sector.

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Dr Ben HB Teoh

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Ben Teoh is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Physician in Addiction Medicine. He has a special interest in co-morbid mental disorders and addiction. Dr. Teoh is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Chapter on Addiction Medicine) and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

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Professor John B. Saunders

Professor And Consultant Physician

Professor John B. Saunders is a Professor and consultant physician in internal medicine and addiction medicine. He qualified in science (pharmacology) and medicine from the University of Cambridge and undertook specialist medical training in addiction medicine.

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Dr Bruce Lachter

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Lachter has more than twenty years of psycho-dynamic psychotherapy practice. The psycho-dynamic approach recognises how developmental trauma and deprivation can be re-enacted in present addictions and other symptoms.

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Dr Son Nguyen

Senior Psychiatrist

Dr Nguyen works in General Psychiatry and also has a special interest in PTSD, war veterans and WorkCover psychiatry.

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Dr Jane Cass-Verco

Psychiatrist

Dr Cass-Verco is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, with an Advanced Training Certificate in Consultation-Liaison (general hospital) Psychiatry. She is interested in general adult psychiatry and Indigenous mental health.

Laura Cotiga

Dr Laura Cotiga

Psychiatrist

Dr Laura Cotiga is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) with expertise in general adult psychiatry and special interest in mood disorders and addiction medicine.

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Dr Barbara Kretowicz

General Practitioner

Dr Barbara Kretowicz is a licensed Medical Practitioner with experience and special interest in mental health concerns and addictions. She has worked extensively in mental health hospitals both public and private since 1999.

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Dr Margaret Gibson

General Practitioner

Dr Gibson is a General Practitioner with extensive experience and a special interest in mental health and addictions.

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Susanna Johansson

Director Of Nursing

Susanna is an experienced registered nurse with many years’ experience in both public and private settings. Susanna has a special interest in addiction and mental health in an acute setting.

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Alyssa Lalor

Program Director

Alyssa holds a BPsych from the UK and a MCouns from Australia and has been working within the private psychiatric hospital setting in WA and NSW. She also specialises in group therapy using various modalities and has also run a successful private practice in WA.

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Lara Kocijan

Acting Program Director

Lara is a registered Clinical Psychologist BPsych (Hons), MPsych(Clin) and is experienced in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol dependence and relationship issues.

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Leanne Schubert

Acting Program Manager

Leanne is a qualified counsellor/therapist with a special interest in the treatment of the underlying issues of mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol dependence and relationship issues.

Dr Kate Beardmore

General Practitioner

Dr Beardmore is a general practitioner with a special interest in drug and alcohol disorders and mental health.

Dr Sian Ong

Psychiatrist

Dr Ong is a psychiatrist with interest and expertise in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and mood disorders.

Dr Poonam Sharma

General Practitioner

Dr Sharma is a General Practitioner with an interest in mental health and addictions.

South Pacific Private is here to help when you or someone you love experiences difficulties with addictions, trauma or with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

MATT: I’m sick of you coming home from work late and drunk. This is the fourth time this week. What’s going on?

SARAH: So what? I had a few drinks.
I don’t have a problem.

ALCOHOLISM

CATH: I had a choice in my life, to die or to do something. I was depressed. I hated my guts. I thought I was worthless and everyone’s problem. I didn’t know what a normal life was. I had to do something about it.

DEPRESSION

JOHN: I thought that I drank so much because I had all these problems. I didn’t realise that all my problems were directly related to how much I drank. From what my life was then, to how it is now is so extraordinarily different.

ALCOHOLISM

PETER: I was medicating my pain and using chemicals to ensure that would happen... I reached the stage where the drugs weren’t working anymore and I arrived at South Pacific Private in a state of complete despair.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE