The foundations of our organisation began in the 1970 when our founder, Dorothy Ginn AM offered her services to the Wayside Chapel Crisis Centre at King’s Cross, Sydney, Australia. She worked with people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and runaway children. Through this work she identified child abuse and neglect was the root cause of trauma for these children so went about discovering ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. We recognise the trauma of the stolen generations, the child abuse that occurred in our Institutions over the years and the ongoing battle against the intentional and unintentional abuse that happend to chidlren everyday in our society.
In 1973 Dorothy founded the organisation, that was simply named, “Prevention”. The service developed unique, simple and effective methods of helping stressed families care for their children.
Years of dedication and hard work culminated in the formalising of the service with a constitution and board under the new name of Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) in 1997.
CAPS now provides evidence based face to face services, video and webinar services, education and support services via our online training and support platform which touches and changes lives in rural and remote Australia.
Board member since: July 2010
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant, Graduate Diploma Applied Corporate Governance, Master of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics
Andrew was elected Chair in May 2012 having originally joined the Board as Treasurer. He has worked in Australia and Czech Republic in professional services (auditing, management accounting) and shared services, in a range of leadership roles. Andrew is currently working in the secondary education sector and is a “Big” in the Big Brother Big Sister program
Board member since: June,2012
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments
Anthony has extensive experience as a management and technology consultant within the Energy, Government and Banking sectors. He has extensive experience in leading projects, project and change management.
Board member since: August 2013
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant, Certified Information Security Manager, Bachelor of Commerce (Computer Science, Accounting)
Daniella has worked in senior leadership roles across information security and risk management within Professional Services, Banking and Finance and State Government organisations. Daniella is also an associate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AAICD).
Dr Kieran Le Plastrier
Board member since: February 2017
Dr Le Plastrier graduated with Honours from Monash Medical School in 2002 and has since studied and trained in a diverse range of clinical settings including surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, and community medicine. Kieran has a strong scholarly interest spanning medicine, psychology, physics and complex dynamic phenomena, and has published and lectured across Australia focused on translating these interests into improved performance of physicians and health systems. His PhD at Western Sydney University, currently under examination, has explored the dynamic systems of hospital emergency departments and the critical roles of suffering and entropy in making meaning of the effectiveness and efficiency of health-care services and their people. Dr Le Plastrier holds a Master of Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, and is completing his general practice training in Sydney, Australia, where he also acts as Clinical Lead at Jewish House – an innovative crisis response charity based in Bondi.
Board member since: August 2013
Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws
John has extensive experience in commercial and corporate advisory. He has worked in Australia and overseas holding internal legal and governance roles in Bangladesh, China, India, Singapore, South Korea and the UAE. John is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary for Healthdirect Australia and has been with that company since its incorporation by COAG in 2006. Healthdirect Australia is funded by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to deliver national tele-health and e-health solutions to the general public.