Meet our team of trainers

Patricia Irvine

After earning her qualification as a certified trainer in early 2016, Patricia has since trained hundreds of students in a wide variety of locations across the North Coast of NSW.


Initially starting her career in Aged Care, Patricia went on to become an experienced Team Leader and eventually Care Coordinator where she was in charge of all facility aspects from staffing to stock control, workplace health & safety, accreditation and more.


As a trainer, Patricia enjoys meeting new students. She loves watching her students grow into confident, skilled carers and actively gives advice to students looking to gain meaningful employment.


Specialties: Management, Individual Support, Aged Care


Gil Sabarre

With a Master of Educational Administration, Bachelor of Arts and a variety of other qualifications, Gil is an experienced trainer with more than 6 years of experience teaching students across Australia about Individual Support.


As a trainer, Gil loves inspiring his students to learn new things, enhance their skills and transform not only their own lives but the lives of those around them through individual support.


Specialties: Individual Support, English Skills, Educational Administration


Anissa Thomas

With 12 years experience and a Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training, Anissa aims to help students gain a better understanding of the communities in which they live, and how vocational training can best serve their goals and aspirations.


Anissa believes her continued success as a trainer comes from her natural communication style and passion for all to have access to education. Anissa strives to help her students achieve personal growth through building confidence, skills and knowledge. 


Specialties: Business, Individual Support (Disability) and Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN).


Margaret Stacey

A certified Trainer, Paramedic and Nurse, Margaret has extensive experience providing individual care and support across a range of different settings.


Margaret was drawn to a career in training as she enjoys supporting students to become effective members of their community. She enjoy building a rapport and trust with her students, so that they can in turn have trust in themselves to care for someone professionally and reliably.


An advocate for education and training, Margaret is a firm believer in the term “it’s never too late to learn”, and strives to make sure every student she teaches goes on to find meaningful employment.


Specialties: Paramedic, Nursing, Individual Support


Kim Porter

Kim has been working in in the Community Service Sector for nearly 20 years. She has worked in a range of industries from Prisons, Foster care, Drug and Alcohol, Private Practice, Family Service and more recently in Schools.

She is a passionate and experienced trainer where she has trained for over 10 years. She believes in the important of training while working in the sector to provide her students the most up to date knowledge and understanding. 

In her practice she leads teams of people to deliver holistic wellbeing and engagement services. She practices a strength-based approach and her clients are central to decision making. She is committed to trauma informed care and understanding. 

Her passion and commitment to supporting people in the sector and entering the section has meant she has experience in learning design, assessment development and resource development. She is committed to online learning and to each student's story.

Specialities: Mental health, Community Sector Management and Disability


Jennifer Anderson

Having worked in the aged care industry for 8 years, coupled with just over 6 years of disability experience, Jennifer joins the breakthru team as a seasoned industry worker and trainer.


A passionate and caring person by nature, Jennifer was drawn to her work as a trainer out of a desire to help the next generation of carers become the best they can be in their chosen career.


"I love to see learners get excited about the subject they are studying. I want to see my students use their passion to become excellent carers so they can provide outstanding support to those who most need it". 


Specialities: Aged Care, Disability


Barbara Taylor

An Enrolled Nurse with a Certificate II, II and IV in Aged & Community Care, Barb has been teaching the next generation of support workers for a number of years and has loved every moment of it.


After making the change from nursing to education later in her career, Barb is now intent on helping people with a kind and caring nature to develop their skills so that they can make a difference in the lives of people with a disability.

Specialties: Nursing, Individual Support (Disability), Aged Care, Community Care


Vaishnavi Umashankar

A qualified physiotherapist with over 10 year's experience working with musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation, post - operative care, aged care and return to work both in public and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from University of Sydney and is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Service Management from the University of Technology (Sydney) 

Her passion for teaching and assisting others to pursue their careers in health led her to obtain her certification to be a vocational teacher 3 years ago and she has since been training and assessing students pursuing their career in Allied Health Assistance. 

In addition to her career as a physiotherapist and trainer/assessor, Vaishnavi is also a dance and yoga instructor.

Specialties: Physiotherapy, Allied Health, Aged Care


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