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 Krakouer

Megan Krakouer

Director

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.

Man, beard, hat, park.

Gerry Georgatos

(Γεράσιμος Γεωργάτος)

Volunteer/Mentor

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.

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Kalisha
Krakouer

Project Administrator

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.

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Simone
Loo

Simone is a dedicated activist committed to advocating for children in custody and supporting affected families. As a loving mother with firsthand experience, she brings a unique perspective and deep empathy to her work. Simone is the third eldest of eight siblings and a proud single mother of four children. Her passion for youth justice is fuelled by her own journey as a Whadjuk Ballardong woman from Boorloo.

With 19 years of sobriety, Simone has transformed her life from being a client of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) to becoming an influential advocate within the system. Her lived experiences enable her to connect on a profound level with those she serves, driving her commitment to make a meaningful impact in the community.
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Connie Georgatos

Connie is a psychology student and advocate for youth rights, prison reform, and reducing homelessness. As a longstanding Projects Officer with the National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project, Connie has worked on restorative prison projects, providing comprehensive psychosocial support to those impacted by trauma.

Connie has contributed to initiatives assisting children transitioning from juvenile detention and adults reintegrating after prison. She is currently coordinating a campaign to address health inequalities in prisons, advocating for the introduction of Medicare, the PBS, and the NDIS for incarcerated individuals.

Connie’s dedication to social justice and her work with vulnerable populations demonstrate her commitment to creating positive change in the community.

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Liz
McDougall

Liz is a seasoned professional with fifteen years of experience working with the Department of Child Protection, both in Australia and the United States. During her tenure in Maryland, she focused on assisting children affected by gang violence, developing a profound dedication to supporting at-risk youth.

Known for her unwavering commitment to children often labeled as “too hard,” Liz has channeled her passion into fostering children who have been adversely affected by the system. Her experience and dedication led her to work in the first complex behavior and trauma center within a school, where she continues to make a significant impact.
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Rishona Garlett

Rishona, a 19-year-old Meridan and Killabarren Whadjak woman, is passionate about social justice. Having completed her Indigenous mental health, drug, and alcohol support certificates at a young age, she is dedicated to making a difference. As the second youngest of seven siblings and the daughter of parents from the Stolen Generations, Rishona draws from her lived experiences and family tragedies to inspire her work.

Rishona is committed to helping others make the most of their lives and is particularly passionate about the arts, sharing this enthusiasm with youth. Despite facing the potential pitfalls of a difficult environment, she made the conscious and smart choice to escape a life of crime and hardship, becoming a mentor and role model for her family and other children in need. Rishona aspires to be a voice for young people, empowering them to take control of their lives and effect positive change.
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Our Vision

To change lives and save lives
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