Leona Wicks

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Qualifications

– Bachelor of Primary Education (Primary), Swinburne University of Technology
– Graduate Diploma Psychology, Charles Sturt University

I am an accomplished educator and behavioural specialist, grounded in a background of primary education and psychology. As a teacher, I dedicated five years to the growth and development of young learners. This foundational experience paved the way for a transformative role within correctional facilities, where I led significant violence prevention and family intervention programmes across minimum and maximum-security settings.

I also worked as the Therapeutic Specialist and lead clinical advisor for Northern NSW Family Based Care. In this role, I applied neuroscience principles to formulate functional assessments and create bespoke behaviour support plans, particularly for adolescent children with significant disabilities. My expertise in behavioural management pushed me toward becoming a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner, working collaboratively with children and adults, care teams and Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers across the Northern Rivers to deliver comprehensive behaviour support services.

At the core of my career is a strong commitment to eradicating the barriers to mental health care. As a current Honours student in psychology at James Cook University, I conduct targeted research aimed at identifying and overcoming specific socio-demographic obstacles such as rural isolation and economic hardship, preventing families from accessing essential mental health services. Through my investigations, which include case studies of local communities and analyses of service accessibility, I seek to ensure that support mechanisms are tailored and accessible to all, regardless of their background or location.

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