“By engaging whole of community to be true partners in improving the wellbeing of CQ children, now and into the future, we can bring about positive systemic change, where children are able to achieve, thrive and lead happy and fulfilling lives in the CQ region.”
With a strong interest in community well-being for over 50 years, Maxine Brushe has concentrated her efforts on improving the communities of Central Queensland, where she has worked, recreated and, most importantly, raised a family. She has extensive experience in governance and community leadership, serving as a Councillor with the Calliope Shire Council for 13 years, five years as Deputy Mayor, eight years as a Councillor with Gladstone Regional Council and is currently Chair of Gladstone Area Water Board.
Maxine has been active in the Working Group for the Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct in Gladstone.
It is impossible to list all the activities that Maxine is involved in but her connection and passion for community is extremely evident.
Friederike McCartney is a highly skilled professional, having worked as Registered Nurse and/or Intensive Care Nurse in Ireland, England, Germany, and across Australia.
Friederike developed a unique model of care for disenfranchised /disadvantaged and at-risk Youth across Central Qld, created, developed, and leads the award-winning program, CQ Youth Connect.
The establishment of a CQ Youth Health Reference Committee, CQ Youth Connect Service Directory/Wall Charts (now digitalised) has also been a task of Friederike, together with Youth Opportunity Days.
Since 2014, Friederike has created, hosted, implemented, and evaluated annual CQ Youth Inter-agency Health Forums, and plays a significant role in supporting, educating, and addressing Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) across Central Qld.
Friederike has, for the past 17 years, focussed her energy on improving the health and wellbeing of youth and children, especially the underprivileged, identifying gaps and advocating and/or leading improvements at various levels.
Friederike embraces every opportunity to make a difference for society using a collective, collaborative, strength, and place-based approach, ensuring the younger generation of CQ are/or stay connected, stay informed, stay healthy and stay safe, building strong, healthy communities of today and tomorrow.
Bryce Davey Bachelor Financial Planning/Bachelor of Accounting, JP (Qual).
Bryce was originally from a rural property near Rockhampton before moving to town at high school age and then joining a bank. He spent considerable time in Brisbane & South-East Queensland and left after 26 years before then completing studies at CQ University for a Bachelor of Financial Planning / Bachelor of Accounting. He has now worked for 10 years as a financial planner based in Rockhampton.
Bryce is currently involved in the local community through Queensland Justices Association and Rotary International.
Bryce is the Treasurer of the Rockhampton branch of the QJA and volunteers at the JP signing centre in Stocklands, Rockhampton. He also is the Assistant Treasurer at the Rotary Club of Rockhampton North.
Research and Partnerships Representative
Dr Corey Bloomfield PhD, MEdSt, BA, Bed, DipMn, CertIVT&A
Corey is currently the Head of Course for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at CQUniversity. He specialises in teaching diversity and inclusion in education across both undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education courses. This focus on inclusive education practices flows into his research work in student engagement, transitions, and equity in education, along with his engagement projects with the community including a term as chair of the Rockhampton Youth Interagency Network (RYIN).
Prior to his full-time appointment to CQUniversity in 2018, Corey worked in Central Queensland schools for 15 years as both a teacher and Guidance Officer, providing support and expertise to schools and families in the areas of child development, mental health, behaviour support, career guidance, and inclusive practices. Corey holds a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of alternative learning and currently researches engagement, transitions, and equity in education.