Meet the team
NSPTRP is a volunteer-run organisation driven by a fundamental purpose to change lives and save lives. Highly qualified, committed and relentless in their work, they are making a measurable and profound difference.
Megan is a Menang Woman of the Noongar Nation. She is an activist, social justice advocate and arbitrator for the voiceless, and a committed law reformer. Megan is a Director of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project, Director (Wagyl Kaip) of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University. She was the recipient of the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards in 2018, is Perth’s Citizen of the Year 2023 and a finalist in the National NAIDOC Person of the Year 2023.
In 2019, Megan travelled to Germany to bring home and repatriate to their homelands 42 ancestors, of which six were brought back to Noongar homeland. She regularly chairs national suicide prevention conferences, and national forums on the historical and contemporary sins of this nation that have drenched so many to this day. Megan does this to change narratives, to leave no one out of sight, and to not allow the nation absolution until they atone. Atonement will come with equality, defined by the elimination of disparities and the long overdue providence of parities.
Megan, thirteenth child of thirteen siblings, praises her late stalwarts, Dad and Mum, for who she is today. Throughout her life, Megan has advocated and fought for those who are most marginalised and vulnerable. Megan’s advocacy is relentlessly aimed at platforming those who are unheard and ‘un-listened’ to.
Gerry is a son of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) migrants, with his first language Greek and thereafter, English.
Gerry spent the last two decades writing prolifically on suicide prevention and trauma recovery. As a suicide prevention and poverty researcher, he had an experiential focus, working alongside vulnerable and marginalised individuals and communities.
Gerry has helped launch 17 legal actions, including against governments to right wrongs and compel systemic reforms. He has successfully represented refugees to avoid deportations among his many representations on behalf of people with nowhere else to turn.
Gerry was the inaugural national coordinator of suicide postvention responders with the National Indigenous Critical Response Service. He had associations with the eviction prevention service – the First Nations Homelessness Project and the internationally-focused charity Wheelchairs for Kids. He founded the volunteer National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Service. After two and half years coordinating this volunteer effort, Gerry stepped back in 2022, handing the volunteer service to First Nations leadership and management. In retirement, he volunteers with his humble charity legacy, The Georgatos Foundation – and also contributes through the NSPTRP as a volunteer mentor, assisting young and older to turn their lives around.
Gerry was also known for a three years pro bono foray into journalism and for his four decades-long human rights and social justice activism. He also founded and led Students Without Borders while in tertiary education.
Gerry is a vegan, animal rights campaigner, refugee rights advocate, a prison abolitionist who believes children and adults should not be incarcerated for non-violent offences. He is a redemptorist. He visits prisons to inspire the incarcerated to turn their lives around. He has a long history of working alongside the homeless. He mentored children impacted by sexual abuse, having been a child survivor.
Gerry is no longer on social media but is easily contactable. He now lives with Parkinson’s Disease “but doesn’t let it get in the way”.
Among his tertiary qualifications, he has Masters in Human Rights Education, Social Justice Advocacy and in Civil Rights Arbitration. However, he states he has learned more from his decades at the coalface, from the ‘lived experiences’ and this more so than all else seasoned his expertise.
Kalisha is a Menang woman from the Wagyl Kaip region which cover’s parts of the lower region of Western Australia. Kalisha has much life skills and experience with helping our most vulnerable in any circumstances. She also holds qualifications in Business, Mental Health & Sound Therapy.
Her main purpose in life is to help others seek, build on their strengths and at the same time to know what makes them weaken so they can be the person that they desire to be regardless the distractions that tend to “pop up” in our lives.
Kalisha is very grateful to be working with NSPTRP as she knows this is a rare opportunity, she knows and sees first-hand the positive impact it has in our clients lives as well as her own.
Megan is a field officer for the NSPTRP, helping our indigenous families experiencing crisis. As a proud mother and grandmother, Megan is a kind and supportive voice who is passionate about helping people in need without judgment.
With life experience on mining sites all over Western Australia, along with admin, customer service and varied roles over many years, Megan is a firm believer in loyalty and respect. But you’ll also find she has a gung-ho attitude, where a win-win is possible and will actively advocate for clients, just as she did for her own daughter, through relevant government and non-government agencies to get the best outcome.