Pracademics Inc was founded by Ms Hayley Holst and Dr Chelsea Leach. Ms Holst and Dr Leach have worked, studied and trained within the Human Service Sector for over 15 years and share a passion for applying evidence-based practice. Over this time, they often discussed the challenges of keeping up to date with evidence and translating this into service delivery, with limited time and resources for ongoing training and development. They identified a gap in the training and support provided to front-line workers and realised that a dedicated service was needed to provide practitioners with the latest evidence and research in an ongoing and accessible manner.
From this, Pracademics Inc was created to be a service dedicated to enabling both practitioners and researchers to become 'Pracademics'.
Meredith Falkiner Consultant
BA (Psych), PGDip Psych,
Candidate D Psych (Forensic)
Meredith is registered Psychologist and has researched and published in the area of mandatory reporting by teachers. Prior to returning to a career in Forensic Psychology, Meredith was a corporate researcher and strategist undertook research with populations throughout Asia and the Americas. Meredith has held significant leadership and management roles throughout her career that included the training of marketing and creative personnel in evidenced-based innovation. She wholeheartedly believes in skill and knowledge dissemination and acquisition through empirically-based training.
Dr Kate Deere - Secretary
Dr Deere is a lawyer with over 15 years experience working in government in legal and policy roles, primarily in the human services sector. She also has managed a number of projects and worked in senior management roles, and brings extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development to the board.