Mel Fernon

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Mel Fernon

(program manager, yoga & meditation teacher)

Mel has previously undertaken a successful career in senior management, jewellery and clothes design, multiple small business operations (e.g., clothing, jewellery to hospitality), procurement, expediting, and merchandising which stand as a testament to her versatility and breadth of skills she brings to the rehabilitation area.

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She has also undertaken significant employment caring for sex industry workers and volunteer work with homeless people (helping with food, clothing and bedding). Hence, she has great empathy for those who are battling with society’s judgement and substance abuse issues. She is the least judgmental person you will ever meet, but no pushover either. She found in this previous role she naturally imbued the right balance of nurturing support and adherence to best practice to maximise the best outcomes for individual and organisation. However, while mired in this work she realised the extent to which drugs were harming many people and wanted to do more to redress this. As a result she completed the Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs and Certificate IV in Mental Health, as she noticed how mental health and drug issues often presented together. She uses her personal experience and academic studies to assist both staff and clients to identify the educated, informed choice for long-term health and wellbeing. Her most recent role was with Windana (alcohol and drug recovery service) to further polish her skills in the drug rehabilitation area.

Mel operates with the philosophy that the opposite of addiction is connection and assists program participants through her kindness and generosity of spirit to connect and recover a sense of community. She recognises that addiction is driven by isolation and assists participants in the program to feel connected to the healthy aspects of the world again. She instils participants with a mindset that change is not something you did once, but a lifelong process of evolution to our best selves through continual learning.

Mel is a qualified Yoga and Meditation teacher and creates a safe space for clients to work on all aspects of themselves: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

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Diploma of Community services work

Wentworth College

Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs

Skills Training Australia

Resuscitation; Basic emergency life support; Provide first aid

St John Ambulance Australia

Yin Yoga 50 Hour Teacher Training

Hugh Lee , Breath of Heart

Meditation Teacher training Level 1

Yoga Alliance

Mental Health volunteer training

Office of Public Advocates

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Certificate IV in Mental health

Skills Training Australia

Ice Training for Frontline Workers

Flinders University

Living Hope Bereavement Support Training

Salvation Army

Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance

Working with Children Card Education # 1043789A-01

Protecting Children training
Mandatory Reporting and other Obligations Victorian State Government

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