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Board Members

Board of Management



Derek Amos


Derek Amos, a co-founder of Barrier Breakers, has a long history of service to the community. This includes serving as a Member of Parliament, Municipal Councillor and as a member of a number of government and non-government Boards and Committees. A long standing Member of the Victorian Parliament representing the central Gippsland electorate of Morwell, he held many leading positions, including Ministerial portfolios, Chair of the then all-powerful Victorian Parliamentary Public Works Committee and membership of a number of all party committees of inquiry. For 20 years following his retirement from Parliament, he was the principal of one of Australia’s leading government/corporate relations consultancies. Now retired from professional life, he devotes his time and energy to advocate for people with a mental illness and improved mental health services.



Gordon Arthur

Deputy Chair

Gordon graduated from Melbourne University with a Medical degree in 1967 and obtained a surgical Fellowship in 1972.  He then worked in Papua New Guinea for 12 months, United Kingdom for 3 years and Tonga for 12 months before arriving in Traralgon in 1978 to join the Practice of Mr Frank Keiller. With his wife Sauni he left Australia with two children and arrived back in Traralgon with 4 children.  Gordon has worked hard in Traralgon and thoroughly enjoy the community spirit.  Gordan and his wife have a strong relationship with the Uniting Church where Sauni was previously an Elder and Gordon has been elected and has held the position for a number of years. They understand the personal tragedy of severe mental illness in our family and  are keen to redress at least some of the inadequacies of the system they have encountered in Gippsland.



Gayle Vinall

Chief Executive Officer/Treasurer

Gayle Vinall has lived and worked locally all her life. She has a degree in Sociology and Business Management from Monash University Gippsland. Gayle has been on a number of Boards in the Community sector, especially in disability and housing, for over 20 years. She is currently a carer for her aged mother but has worked in the mental health field as CEO of GARSS, which is a non clinical mental health support agency in Gippsland. She has an excellent understanding of community mental health and the non clinical mental health sector.



Dr Daryl Ham

Board Member

Dr. Daryl Ham graduated from Melbourne’s Monash University in 1978 and spent much of his early years as a Doctor working in a number of small hospitals as the resident Medical Officer.

Having a special interest in psychiatry, Daryl began work in psychiatry a Medical Officer in the Plenty Hospital in 1983 and in 1988 he entered a training program and degree in psychiatric medicine. Unfortunately the program was later abandoned, but not before Dr. Ham became the first Doctor in Victoria to work on the crisis team (CATT Team), a position he held for three years in the North East Metro region.

Moving to Gippsland in 1994, Dr. Ham commenced work at the former Hobson Park Psychiatric Hospital as a Senior Medical Officer, where he served two 12 month terms. He also commenced his work in general practice, first working part time until the closure of the Hobson Park facility. Currently Daryl’s workload is shared between General Practice and the Latrobe Valley Community Mental Health Service, where he provides four sessions per week as a Senior Medical Officer.



Dr. Fred Edwards

Board Member

Dr. Edwards has had a long time involvement in the field of mental health. After qualifying in medicine from the University of Sheffield in England in 1983, Fred’ early career was spent in community medicine where he also gained experience in the management of hospitalb based mental health services.

He spent three years as a Unit General Manager in the National Health Service in the UK. during the period when the main thrust in mental health at that time was to de-institutionalise as many patients as possible and place them in supported community houses.

Migrating to Australia in 1990, Dr. Edwards has been involved exclusively with the Hazelwood Health business providing extensive family practitioner medical services to the Latrobe Valley and latterly in South Gippsland. This work involves a lot of day-to-day contract with people requiring support, counselling and treatment for a wide range of common mental health problems.


Kathleen Apelt

Board Member

Kathleen is a former CEO of Barrier Breakers and current board member.


Linda DiFresco

Board Member/Chief Advocate

Linda serves on the staff of Barrier Breakers as Chief Advocate and is a current board member.


Alan Coe

Board Member

Alan is a current board member.

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