Patrons & Staff

ADVOCATES

 

Tony Latimore

Centre Director & Senior Advocate

Tony Latimore is the Senior Advocate / Director of the RSL Veterans’ Centre East Sydney. He has worked as an advocate and trainer of advocates since 1981. He has advocated on behalf of veterans since 2000, working for RSL ANZAC House, Vietnam Veterans’ Federation and Veterans’ Advocacy Service. Tony is TIP IV trained and takes cases to the Veterans’ Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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Nick Wiesener

Advocate

Nick Wiesener is a Solicitor,
admitted to the Law Society of NSW.

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Robert Mooy

Advocate

Robert Mooy is a Sydney-based lawyer. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1987 and is now the principal partner of his own legal firm. Robert joined the Australian Army Reserve in 2008. He transferred to AALC (Australian Army Legal Corps) in 2011 and is a CAPT currently posted to the Military Law Centre, Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES

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Vicki Johnson

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Vicki Johnson is a clinical and forensic psychologist with 19 years experience in clinical practice. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, College of Clinical Psychology and College of Forensic Psychology. Vicki has over 10 years experience as a Commissioned Officer / Psychologist with the Australian Army Reserve. Vicki specialises in the assessment and treatment of: Post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, mood disorders as well as a range of other mental health problems.

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Dr Peter Melser 

Dr. Peter Melser

Clinical Psychologist & Counsellor

Dr. Melser’s qualifications include a PhD in Sociology and Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York (CUNY), a Graduate Diploma in Couple and Family Therapy from Relationships Australia and an Executive Coach Accreditation (Level 3) from the Institute of Executive Coaching. He has experience as a Counsellor in private practice working mainly in couple’s and relationship counselling as well as leading male domestic violence groups.

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Emilia Tiainen

PSYCHOLOGIST (AHPRA)

Emilia Tiainen has provisional registration with Australian Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), and is currently completing her masters degree in Psychology (Clinical). Emilia is experienced in the provision of individual and group interventions to clients with a wide range of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders.

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WELFARE OFFICERS

 

Kate Cass

Welfare Officer, Serving Members & Families

Kate Cass has been employed by the Returned & Services League of Australia at North Bondi Sub-Branch since May 2013, first as an Office Administrator, and was recently promoted to General Manager. During Kate’s time with the League she has been a part of many initiatives that have helped the welfare and wellbeing of League members. Some examples are the Vets Go Surfing program that runs during veterans’ health week.

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Jayne Morley

Welfare Officer

Jayne Morley is a currently serving member with 27 years of service within Army. Jayne is a Physical Training Instructor, specialising is rehabilitation and currently in the Health & Wellbeing role of providing advice and managing seriously ill and injured personnel within Army.

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John Hopman

Welfare Officer

John Hopman served 22 years in the Australian Regular Army including service in Vietnam in 1969/70 and had command appointments as Officer Commanding the Papua New Guinea Construction Squadron and Chief Engineer of 19th CE Works.

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MEMBERS OF STAFF

 

Tony Latimore

Centre Director & Senior Advocate

Tony Latimore is the Senior Advocate / Director of the RSL Veterans’ Centre East Sydney. He has worked as an advocate and trainer of advocates since 1981. He has advocated on behalf of veterans since 2000, working for RSL ANZAC House, Vietnam Veterans’ Federation and Veterans’ Advocacy Service. Tony is TIP IV trained and takes cases to the Veterans’ Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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Dr Roderick G. Bain MBBS FRCA FANZCA MRACGP RAN (Rtd)

Acting Director

Dr Bain served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1966 to 1973. The major portion of his time was spent in sea going appointments. In 1969 he also served ashore with the RAAMC. at 1st Aust Field Hospital in Vung Tau, SVN. In 1970 he served with the USN 7th Fleet on HMAS Hobart and in 1972 he became the Principal Medical Officer on HMAS Sydney returning our troops from Vietnam. He is the Medical Advisor to the Aust. Veterans and Defence Services Council (AVADSC) as well as the National Naval Assoc. of which he is also a member.

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Nikki Abrams

Administrative Assistant
to the Centre

Nikki Abrams is our Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Now living in Bondi with her partner who is an Army reservist, Nikki is originally from Canada and is the daughter of a military family. Since completing an Associate of Arts Degree with a specialty in writing, Nikki has worked as a receptionist/administrative assistant in both Canada and Australia.

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PATRONS

 

Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC

Patron

Corporal Mark Gregor Strang Donaldson, VC is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system. He was awarded the VC for most conspicuous acts of gallantry in action in a circumstance of great peril in Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group during Operation SLIPPER, Afghanistan.

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Major General the Honourable Justice
Paul Brereton, AM, RFD

Patron

His Honour is a Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW, where he is assigned primarily to the Equity Division and less frequently, the Common Law Division. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division in 2010 for exceptional service as Chief of Staff 5th Brigade, Assistant Chief of Staff Land Headquarters and Commander 5th Brigade.

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