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Mark trained as a social worker and spent years working in front line youth work, youth health work, mental health services, employment services, community drug and alcohol work and management. In the late 1990s he worked as the Executive Officer of the Community Services and Health Industries Training Advisory Board focusing upon workforce development, training, standards and quality service delivery.
Prior to moving to Reconciliation SA, Mark was employed at Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide as the Manager of Employment Access (EA). EA is an employment program across South Australia for people with mental health related issues and operated from nine sites across South Australia supporting over 450 people at any one time towards supported or open employment.
Mark managed Aboriginal Employment Programs under the DEEWR funded Indigenous Employment Program (IEP). In 2009, Mark led the planning implementation and evaluation of the Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Mental Health Conference focussing upon cultural awareness.
His interest in working with the Aboriginal community commenced in the early 1980s when he ran a youth information centre in Hindley Street and the main client group was Aboriginal young people. Mark has also developed vocational frameworks and training that was delivered on the APY lands for Aboriginal aged care workers, childrens’ services workers and youth workers.
Mark is a life member of SACOSS and is a strong advocate in the community sector and for consumer participation in health having helped to establish the Health Consumers Alliance in SA.