Peta Phelan

  • Péta Phelan

    Rehabilitation Counsellor

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Education and training
    Media and publications


Péta Phelan is a professional rehabilitation counsellor and academic, employed with the University of Melbourne in the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science. She is the Manager of Alumni Development in Indigenous Leadership, and is currently undertaking a PhD in the area of Indigenous Intersectional Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Prior to this role she was the Senior Clinical Educator of Social and Emotional Wellbeing at the Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), where she coordinated and led programs specialising in the areas of mental health, counselling, AOD, and community services. Previously she has worked as a lecturer and clinical supervisor at Flinders University, working in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit (DCIU) within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In 2016 Péta completed the Masters of Rehabilitation Counselling where she focused on mental health and psychological injuries (PTSD, vicarious traumatisation, and compassion fatigue).

Péta is currently undertaking the Board Leadership Program, delivered in partnership between AICD and Leadership Victoria. Between 2016 and 2018 was a National Director with the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA), where she served as their representative on the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), and the Allied Health Professions Australia Rural & Remote Committee (AHPARR).

LinkedIn: Péta Phelan MRCAA

Professional Details

  • PhD (Undertaking), Social & Emotional Wellbeing, School of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counselling, Griffith University
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Sciences (Musculoskeletal Management), RMIT University
  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Myotherapy), RMIT University
  • Board Leadership Program, Leadership Victoria & Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Area of Expertise

  • Occupational Health and Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Injury (PTSD, Vicarious Trauma, & Burnout)
  • Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing


  • Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA)
  • Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA)
  • The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMHA)
  • Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA)
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance
  • The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL)

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Leading alumni relations and advancement of executive leadership development for Indigenous medical and allied health professionals and academics.
  • Delivery of Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue Training to community service providers and  health professionals across a range of Victorian Aboriginal Health and Community Services Organisations.
  • National Board Director with RCAA (2016 - 2018)


  • Phelan.P. (2018, November 15). Battle fatigue as LGBTQI Australians remember #VoteYes. Croakey. Retrived from
  • Phelan.P. (2017). The Comprehensive PTSD Course. Retrieved from
  • Phelan, P. (2014). The deep impacts of recognition. Ambulance Active. 6. Retrieved from
  • Phelan, P. (2012). Getting to the point of pain with dry-needling. The Natural Therapist. 27(1). Retrieved from

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:


Phone:             03 9035 8185