Samantha brings to the FCAV nearly 30 years’ experience in the Victorian public sector, and 5 years’ experience as a board member at Kidsafe Victoria. She has been a carer for over 14 years and as a long term FCAV member has been engaged in the carer community, understanding how important that sense of connection is for carer’s wellbeing.
Prior to joining the FCAV, Samantha was CEO of the Coroners Court of Victoria, after establishing and then managing the Court’s Coroners Prevention Unit. Prior to the Court, she worked with the Department of Health and Human Services for 16 years, initially as a child protection worker and later in various managerial positions. During this time, she appeared as a senior court officer at the Children’s Court of Victoria for many years and worked as a senior policy advisor with the Office of Children, Child Protection and Family Services. She has also worked as a counsellor at the Victorian Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and in other counselling positions in women and children services.
Samantha brings this expertise to the FCAV to advocate for carers and young people, ensuring the Association is placed to provide the quality information, support and advocacy services our carers need and deserve on behalf of our precious young people.