|World class and highly qualified professionals make up the Gunnebah team. |
Led by Doctor Joel Porter and Doctor Jennifer Parer the goal of the Gunnebah team is to provide the latest evidence based world’s best practice addiction treatment methods to break addictions and replace them with good physical and mental health and provide the tools for permanent recovery. (Read more about our method and our program).
Dr Joel Porter, PsyD, MA, BS – Programme Supervisor
|Dr Jennifer Parer, MBBS, FRACGP, dipRACOG – Medical Director |
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma of Obstetrics, Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Jennifer Parer is a General Practitioner on the Gold Coast with 26 years experience and special interests in mental health, addiction medicine, women’s health and preventative health care. She has an honours degree in Medicine, a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She will visit clients on a twice weekly or as needs basis providing general and mental health care. There will be no extra cost for this service for all medicare-eligible patients. See Jennifer talk about health at Gunnebah.
|Warwick Parer, LLB – Managing Director |
Bachelor of Laws, Solicitor Supreme Court Queensland, Captain Australian Army Reserve
Warwick is a Graduate Law from Bond University and a fully qualified Solicitor. Having practiced law for 14 years he then moved into the world of business and gained experience in a diverse range of areas including Ship Repair, Retail, Manufacturing, Property Development and Financial Management. Outside work he is the proud father of six children and was also a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve. Warwick has always had a passion for exercise and nutrition and through this has developed a strong belief in holistic wellness which is a core belief in the Gunnebah philosophy. See Warwick talk about the background to Gunnebah.
|Angie Walker MSW, BSW – Assistant Manager and Addiction Counsellor |
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Welfare, Certificate 4 in Community Development, Advanced Diploma in Hospitality ManagementAngie has over ten years’ experience working in mental health, youth, addictions and community development. She has lived in four countries outside of Australia and has either “been there done that” or helped someone through it. Angie believes in seeing the good in all and is often referred to as an ‘angel on earth’ by clients. When she is not at Gunnebah, Angie is either responding to homelessness in the local area or spending time with her family, three daughters and dog – perhaps at the beach or chatting over a nice home cooked meal.
|Jock Mackenzie – Addiction Counsellor |
Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Alcohol & Other Drug Studies, Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
Jock has worked in both recovery oriented and harm reduction drug and alcohol services for the past seven years in both clinical and research roles. He is a qualified social worker and member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Jock uses a range of methodologies and has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy because of how it helps people make peace with distressing thoughts and feeling rather than struggling to try get rid of them. Jock’s interests outside of work are permaculture, bonsai and life drawing.
|Alexis Postans, Bsc Grad Dip Psy – Provisional Psychologist |
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Alexis has extensive experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health policy, youth residential care, child protection and working with trauma. She is passionate about working with people, and understanding them in the broader context of the society they are part of. She is particularly interested in how positive psychology research and practice may be applied to treating addiction. She believes that through nurturing the body, mind and spirit, and instilling a sense of hope and connection, recovery is possible for anyone. Alexis is also a qualified yoga and meditation teacher.
|Andy Travis, Adv Dip Transp Counselling – Addiction Counsellor |
Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling
Andy has a private counselling practice specialising in addiction recovery and men’s wellbeing. He has facilitated addiction recovery work for more than 10 years, both for individuals and groups. Being passionate about mindfulness, Andy has been meditating for 30 years. He was one of the founding hosts of Bay FM 99.9’s ‘Men’s Show’ in Byron Shire. Andy has extensive experience using the 12-Step recovery model.
|Jacqui Hunt, BA – Yoga Teacher |
Bachelor of Arts, certified Yoga Teacher
Jacqui is a yoga and meditation teacher and passionate mental health advocate. Previously from a background in Marketing and Public Relations, Jacqui discovered yoga and meditation after suffering her own health setbacks. She is now dedicated to helping others who may be suffering from dependency, self-esteem or mental health issues through the gift of yoga. Jacqui aims to ensure each client feels safe, heard, understood and connected to their body and mind in every session. She is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Holistic Counselling and soon to commence an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy.
|Helen Boland – Meals Design & Preparation, Kitchen Management |
Certified Food Preparation Supervisor, Cert. IV Enterprise Management
Helen has a wealth of experience encompassing restaurant management, meals
preparation, retail & business management. People centric, married to a design
consultant and having two designer sons, her work is influenced by design excellence. Together with a passion for the authentic country lifestyle and a preference for natural, organic produce, Helen is inspired to design & prepare meals which excite the taste buds, stimulate good health & wellness, and which unite Gunnebah team & guests as extended family.
|Christopher Gibbings, MSA, MEd, BSc – Manager Strategic Systems |
Master of Social Administration, Master of Education (Pastoral Guidance), Bachelor of Science, Permaculture Design Certificate, Certificate in Training and Development
Chris has 20 years experience in community development, permaculture design and Information Technology. He has established a successful ecovillage and for ten years was a Director of the Association for Sustainable Communities as well as a Vision Councillor for the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia. A former Community Development Coordinator for Brisbane City Council and Red Cross international worker, Chris has led numerous homelessness and refugee projects. Together, Chris and Warwick spent an intense 20 months setting up Gunnebah as a rehab. Now, Chris is part time, with a focus on effective systems and processes to help Gunnebah thrive. In his spare time, he paraglides, is learning to surf, meditates, dances salsa and goes on extremely long hikes. See Chris talk about our location and facilities.
| Trinity Parer BBA, Dip Bus. – Office Manager |
Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Business
Trinity has been keeping the administration of Gunnebah ticking along since she joined us in 2017. Before coming to Gunnebah, Trinity worked in retail and hospitality and volunteered with the St Vincent de Paul Society for 5 years. In her spare time, she breeds border collies and loves to bring the puppies along to Gunnebah for a cuddle with the guests. She is also an accomplished singer and guitarist and has a passion for healthy living which spills over to our guests.