Anita commenced with Berry Street in August 1998, after working with the Department of Human Services (DHS) for 18 years. She has 38 years experience in Out-of-Home Care including considerable experience in Policy Development and Program Management. Anita has a strong commitment to service delivery enhancement and she has been involved in a number of statewide sector working groups.
Anita was the recipient of a DHS Study Grant in 1997 and travelled to Canada and America exploring new initiatives and practice models in the out-of-home care system. This was followed up in 2001 when she visited agencies in Michigan who were specifically providing services for very high-risk young people. In 2008 Anita was awarded a Jack Brockhoff, Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship to examine the progress of Recruitment and Retention of Foster Carers overseas.
As part of Anita’s previous role as Regional Director of Berry Street's Hume services, she was the organisational Mentor for Home Based Care bringing together the four regional Home Based Care programs to discuss key areas of practice and policy development.
In March 2011, Anita took up the role of Senior Statewide Manager of Home Based Care for Berry Street. In 2014, she joined the Berry Street Childhood Institute as Senior Advisor Home Based Care. In this role, Anita has continued to advocate for a professionalised model of home based care and to build the capacity of carers through training programs and resources.