About me

This supervisor has been approved to provide supervision under the ACCESS TO SUPERVISION PROJECT.

Dr Catherine Brasier is a Consumer Academic and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. Her work is informed by her own lived experience of mental distress and recovery; as well as her experiences as a community mental health worker. She recently completed her role as Consumer Academic (2019-20) in the Recovery and Social Justice Unit, Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Catherine has a focus on the optimal incorporation of lived experience in service delivery and research.

This supervisor has been approved to provide supervision under the ACCESS TO SUPERVISION PROJECT. If you are a supervisee who has received an approval email/letter from the CMHL you may contact this supervisor for supervision for this project, then follow the stated processes for supervision payment.

My experience

Catherine has provided lived experience supervision for the past 4 years. She specialises in supporting those in industry, development and leadership roles. She has also worked extensively in community mental health (2007-2014).

My current role/work

2020 - Principle investigator. Minshall, C., Brophy, L. “Pebble in a pond: lived experience collaboration analysis.” Funding from Northern New South Wales Local Health District.
2020 - Co-investigator. Harvey, C., Brophy, L., Killaspy, H., Newton, R., Hamilton, B., McKenzie, P., Ennals, P., Fletcher, J., Minshall, C., Bressanutti, C. “Rapid review". Funding from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
2020 - Co-investigator. Fletcher, J., Brophy, L., Hamilton, B., Harvey, C., Minshall, C., Muir-Cochrane, E., Oostermeijer, S. “Evidence check: models of care and practice for inpatient management of highly acute mental illness and acute behavioral disturbance.” Funding from the NSW Ministry of Health.
2020 - Co-investigator. Brophy, L., Doroud, N., Hall, T., Minshall, C., Jordan, H. “Evaluation of the ACT Recovery College”. Funding from the ACT Government.
2020 - Associate investigator. Ratnaike, D., White, V., Lewis, V., Marsh, G., Brophy. L., Minshall, C., Shiell, A. “Evaluating the Haven accommodation program.” Funding from Mind Australia.
2020 - Co-investigator - REF – ‘Promoting student wellbeing in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.’ Funding from La Trobe University.
2019 - Co-investigator. Brophy, L., Harvey, C., Hamilton, B., Roper, C., Fletcher, J., Martel, A., Minshall, C., Oostermeijer, S. “Designing mental health facilities that prevent the use of seclusion and restraint”. Funding from the Sax Institute.

2019-20 - Project lead. “Peer personality project” (Barwon Health). Developing a peer support program for individuals who experience personality type/complex trauma, plus an evaluation plan.
2020 - Project lead. “Schizy Farm”(Schizy Inc.) Evidence review and feasibility plan for a peer-led arts and nature-based healing space.
2017-18 - Project lead (by invitation). (Office of the Chief Psychiatrist/Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Network). Review of the clinical guidelines for inpatient leave and community consultations

My training

2020 - PhD – Australian Catholic University - Stroke and Carer Optimal Health Program (SCOHP) for psychosocial health: a randomised controlled trial
2014 - Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) - La Trobe University
2019 - Certificate IV Training and Assessment (updated) - HIA
2008 - Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling - Holmesglen TAFE
2003 - Bachelor of Arts - Monash University

My approach to supervision

I co-create personalised supervision programs that respond to the unique needs of each person. Areas of support may include reflection on values, workforce development, communication and workforce skills. Leadership skills, facing challenges and developing relationships is a key area of development that I support.

Specialty areas:
Peer support,Policy development,Strategic thinking
Mode of delivery:
Supervision size:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
I am available for online supervision all day Monday and from 4pm to 6pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Nationwide - online only
Geographical area availability for supervision
Custom and group packages available