About us

Alaya Partners Australia (Alaya) originated from the Victorian Primary Mental Health Alliance Pty Ltd. Alaya, the newly formed national company is rich with extensive knowledge, history and expertise focusing on primary care, mental health, AOD and NDIS. Our highly skilled and workforce operationalise our two core business arms: Consulting and Education.

Our partners and clients have included State and Federal Government, Community Health, Primary Health Networks, private mental health clinicians, community organisations, NGOs, private sector organisations and peak bodies.

Alaya Partners Australia acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of all the lands on which we work.

Our Team

Alaya’s work is evidence-based, pragmatic and led by our team of down to earth consultants who enjoy an outstanding reputation with our past and current clients. Our Senior Partners and Consultants will apply their collective 60 years’ experience in primary care, mental health, psychosocial disability and alcohol and other drug sectors to create the change you need.

Renee Hayden

Renee Hayden

Senior Partner & Director

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Renee is a senior consultant for Alaya Partners Australia and the CEO of APMHA HealthCare. Renee is an experienced senior Executive and mental health clinician, with an extensive history working with primary care extending from initial days 23 years ago with Divisions of General Practice, then later with Medicare Locals and now with primary health networks. Renee has also been a general practice manager and understand the nuances and needs of successful implementation of quality programs in general practice settings.

With a long primary focusing background as a clinician in mental health, Renee has worked in project and corporate consultancy and education for over 28 years within the primary care, youth, mental health and alcohol and other drug sectors. Renee has expertise and qualifications in education and training, including RACGP QI and CPD accreditation, and provides tailored capacity building by designing programs which reflect the educational needs of the organisation and staff.  

Donal McGoldrick

Donal McGoldrick

Consultant

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Donal McGoldrick is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with over 17 years’ experience including senior Mental Health Nurse and management roles in addiction, clinical mental health, forensics and community mental health. He has worked at a senior management level within the Department of Health and Human Services and at a CEO and Board level with specialist State-wide services and NGO’s.

Working for VICSERV, the peak body representing community managed mental health services in Victoria, Donal was the Victorian State-wide Project Manager for a national mental health project. He is the co-founder and Director of Kambiri Health Australia, a boutique mental health consultancy service, whose clients include State Government Departments, NGO’s, the corporate private sector and numerous peak bodies such as the AFL Players Association.

Monique Ataryniw

Monique Ataryniw

Education Coordinator & Trainer

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Monique is the Education Coordinator for Alaya Partners Australia. Monique has a background in education, welfare and IT and became a Mental Health First Aid instructor in 2018 for standard and workplace courses. In her past roles, Monique has been involved in the development of child and adolescent respite programs, adult english classes and the implementation of differentiate learning programs for adolescents in Brisbane and Melbourne. Monique has a passion for working with people experiencing difficulties due to chronic pain as she understands how difficult it can be to navigate pathways, and information while also maintaining good mental health and well being. In her role as a Education Coordinator, Monique coordinates both face-to-face and online training options for Alaya Partners and workforce capacity building for clinical services delivered by APMHA HealthCare Ltd.

Rebecca May

Rebecca May

Quality Lead

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Rebecca has eighteen years experience leading mental health and alcohol and other drug projects for community organisations, the Victorian Department of Health's Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division and Victoria Police. She has a strong understanding of government policy, processes and funding mechanisms through developing departmental service specifications and service plans for the mother-baby mental health units, the new rural mother-baby mental health units and the mother-baby alcohol and drug withdrawal unit while with the Department of Health.

As consultant and executive manager in the primary care sector, Rebecca has delivered projects for primary health networks, community health services, general practices, Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, rural and metropolitan health and hospital services, alcohol and other drug treatment services, mental health services, rural health workforce agencies and primary care partnerships. These projects have included program and service re-design, establishment and evaluations, regional service system reviews, plans and recommissioning processes, needs assessments, community consultations, benchmarking and feasibility studies.

Dr Susan Barnett

Dr Susan Barnett

GP Trainer and Facilitator

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Dr. Susan Barnett is a highly trained and experienced GP Counsellor who has recently joined the Alaya Team. She has completed various counselling courses over the past 10 years, including FPS (Focused Psychological Strategies), CBT, ACT CFT and couples counselling. Susan works as a Medical Educator for EVGPT and is a member of the ASPM committee.  

As a trainer she conducts training for GPs in mental health skills (level 1), focused psychological strategies (level 2), mental health MBS billing & working in mental health, GP mental health & self care and mental health interventions GPs can use in every day practice. Additional short courses include sessions around Anxiety (especially during COVID), Depression, Eating disorders (GP level and more complex if needed), Borderline Personality Disorders, Trauma informed care, Compassion focused therapy, CBT, ACT, Suicide prevention, Difficult diagnoses (e.g. CFS, Chronic pain, Psychosomatic presentations), EMDR, ADHD, Parenting through stages and  Postnatal issues.

Susan also provides peer supervision in mental health for GPs, facilitation for GP Mental Health Communities of Practice and loves providing a suite of wellbeing workshops to private industry and other organisations.

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