Our Consultants and Training Facilitators
Janette Gale, Managing Director, Health Behaviour Consultant, HealthChange® Training Director, BA (Psychology Hons1), MCommerce (Consumer Behaviour and Research Methods), University of Sydney.
Janette Gale is a consultant behaviour change specialist, Health Psychologist and founder and CEO of HealthChange Australia and HealthChange Associates (international consulting and training). Janette is a leading authority in Australia and Canada on person-centred clinical practice; applied health behaviour change; health promotion, disease self-management and health coaching programs, as well as implementing person-centred practice change in health service delivery at the Regional, State and Provincial levels.
Janette and her colleagues work with a number of universities on NHMRC and other grant-funded research projects to embed and evaluate clinician and client behaviour change in health interventions. HealthChange® Methodology is a health service delivery framework that bridges the gap between theory and practice in increasing patient adherence to evidence-based treatment recommendations. Janette has authored three textbooks on this subject.
Janette was previously an active member (MAPS) of the Australian Psychological Society and APS College of Health Psychologists (MCHP), a member of the Deakin University Clinical Exercise Physiology Advisory Board, a Behaviour Change content lead for the HEART Online Expert Content Panel and a member of the NSW Health Chronic Disease Management Program Clinical Expert Reference Group that advised on the implementation of chronic disease management strategy throughout NSW via the ‘Connecting Care in the Community’ program.
Janette's experience includes designing and project managing several innovative community-based, government and industry-funded health promotion and education programs targeting chronic disease awareness and lifestyle change for adults and families. [Click here] to view a description and evaluation summary of the collaborative Kangaroo Valley Healthy Community Project funded by the Rural Chronic Disease Initiative, Department of Health & Ageing which received State and National level Heart Foundation Kellogg Local Government Awards.
Janette’s consulting interests: Health service micro systems and culture change: to implement person-centred care, improve clinician and patient health literacy, support self-management and behaviour change, improve care planning and care coordination processes, analyse and address behaviour change dynamics and barriers, and decrease return to work (RTW) times for rehabilitation from illness or injury.
Publications and Articles
Industry and Academic Recommendations
Kangaroo Valley Health Community Project
Caroline Bills, Senior Training Facilitator and Project Manager, BAppSci (Physio), Grad Dip Manipulative Therapy, MPhysio (Research).
Caroline is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who consults in occupational health and works in private practice in the Melbourne CBD. She is passionate about self-management and has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. Caroline holds a Master's degree by research in which she investigated the use of a home gravity traction device and exercise in chronic low back pain.
Since first attending HealthChange Australia workshops, Caroline has been integrating HealthChange® Methodology into her clinical practice where she uses it to assist patients identify and overcome barriers that may prevent them adhering to treatment recommendations.
Margaret Barrett, Senior Training Facilitator, B.H.M.S (Ex. Phys), B.Soc Wk, DipEd.
Margaret is an exercise physiologist who manages her own practice as a health and wellness consultant working mainly with mining companies. She is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of individuals approaching middle age and beyond and works with her mine site clients to achieve a balanced lifestyle that extends from the manager at the 'coal face' through to mining families and their community.
Margaret works with individuals, conducts group sessions and undertakes public speaking engagements where she emphasises the importance of prevention rather than cure. She utilises HealthChange® Methodology as it has greatly enhanced her success in all aspects of health behaviour change from smoking to weight loss and supports her mission to 'live and breathe' health and wellbeing.
Birgit Schnelle, Training Facilitator, B. Sp. Sc.: Prevention & Rehab.; M. Sc.: Ex. Rehab.; M. Medicine: Pain Mgt; MBA (in progress)
Birgit is an exercise physiologist with extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. Birgit is very passionate about self-management, health behaviour change, health promotion and health coaching.
Birgit’s experience includes designing and overseeing the delivery of many innovative government and corporate health promotion programs, delivering measurable outcomes in key health and business metrics such as lifestyle, biometrics, illness absence, productivity, attraction, retention and employee engagement. Birgit was on the board of directors for the Workplace Health Association of Australia for more than 2-years, and was integral in the development of their Best Practise Guidelines.
Birgit’s management experience has allowed her to work at the strategic level to inform company direction, whilst influencing policies & procedures, data collection systems, key performance indicators and training plans for Health Professionals to ensure they can recognise and address potential client adherence barriers before they occur.
Birgit obtained her Sports Science degree at the University of Potsdam (Germany), and then completed her Masters of Science in Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Wollongong (Australia) in 2001, and her Masters of Medicine in Pain Management in 2006 (distance learning University of Edinburgh). Her Masters theses was on “Exercise Adherence in Cardiac Rehabilitation”. Birgit is in the final stages of completing her MBA.