Maria-Lujza (Marylou) Ghyczy

Email: Marylou Ghyczy
Phone: (02) 9840 3898

After completing her studies in Applied Social Science, Marylou has been working in welfare and with disadvantaged young people as well as doing research prior to joining the Transcultural Mental Health Centre over 10 years ago. Marylou is responsible for the overall coordination of the Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW. This includes the planning and implementation of gambling prevention initiatives targeting communities from culturally and linguistically diverse background; liaison with various stakeholders; organisation of community awareness programs and service provider training; management of and reporting on all aspects of the program.

Nurcan Kiyak

Bilingual Counsellor (Turkish)
Email: Nurcan Kiyak
Phone: (02) 9840 3329

Nurcan’s responsibilities include clinical counselling in issues of problem gambling and mental health. Also includes training in cross-cultural issues and psycho-education in issues of problem gambling in Turkish communities across NSW; promoting 'Responsible Gambling' and MPGS through community development activities; accepts referrals from service providers, provision of specialist clinical and cross-cultural consultancy; supportive counselling for the family of problem gamblers; liaising with other RGF Services (financial counselling and legal aid), face to face / telephone counselling for problem gamblers in Turkish.

Eric Ho

Bilingual Counsellor
Email: Eric Ho
Phone: (02) 8838 6241

Eric is responsible for an ethnic specific project on harm minimisation of gambling and raising awareness of problem gambling in the Chinese speaking community through the provision of culturally appropriate confidential counselling service to those with gambling related issues and the engagement of service promotion in the community. He works in collaboration with other stakeholders and agencies for client referral and consultancy, and conducts awareness presentation on problem gambling and mental health issues in various community settings.

Eric 主要負責一個華人社區問題賭博服務計劃。這計劃是向受賭博問題影響的人士及其家人提供適合華人文化的保密輔導服務。他也樂意跟其他機構合作,接受客戶轉介,在社區進行服務推廣,從而減低賭博所造成的損害和提高華人社區對問題賭博的警覺性;同時也會到社區主講有關問題賭博或其他促進精神健康的講座。

Elizabeth Lee

Bilingual Financial Counsellor
Email: Elizabeth Lee
Phone: (02) 8838 2011 

Elizabeth provides financial counselling to problem gamblers and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in NSW. As a financial counsellor Elizabeth's role is to provide options to address financial difficulties and assist with organising personal finances and developing a budget. Elizabeth does this by discussing alternative strategies with clients, acting as an advocate, making appropriate referrals and providing useful resources.

Julian Yau

Bilingual Counsellor
Email: Julian Yau
Phone: (02) 8838 2015

Julian is a Bilingual Counsellor who provides face to face and telephone counselling services to problem gamblers and their family members from CALD background. He is also involved in mental health promotion, especially Responsible Gambling and Problem Gambling Prevention through developing community engagement events, inter-agency forums and training workshops with a wide range of health practitioners and RGF stakeholders. Julian also practises counselling and promotion in Chinese.

作為一名雙語( 華語和英語)的賭博輔導員, 我的主要工作是透過面對面和電話的談話向來自異文化和言語背景問題賭博人仕和其親人提供賭博輔導, 協助他們解决因賭博带来的問题。除此之外, 我參與社區活動,講座與别的機構同工聯系,共同推動精神心理健康教育,尤其是對華人社區和組織宣傳負責任賭博及加强對問题賭博的警覺。

Nipunika Gunawardena

Bilingual Clinical Consultant
Email: Nipunika Gunawardena
Phone: (02) 8838 6206

Nipunika provides counselling and support to clients and their families with problem gambling and of culturally and linguistically diverse background. Her own South Asian background enables her to work closely with communities from this region. Her previous experience as a drug and alcohol counsellor enables her address the comorbidity aspects of gambling. Nipunika is keen to bring to the attention of the CALD communities the emerging trends in gambling such as online gambling and the impact it has on young adults.

Patrice Nyembo

Bilingual Cross-Cultural Clinical Consultant
Email: Patrice Nyembo
Phone: (02) 9840 3945

Patrice is a bilingual cross-cultural clinical consultant who has clinical experience gained during his academic endeavoured sturdies within Australian Universities and field work in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB).  Patrice is well-known among CALD advocates for social justice outcomes and general wellbeing for CALD communities. As an elder in the African Australian community, Patrice is connected to various community leaders, welfare workers, and their communities and churches with a network across Australia.  Patrice has many transferable skills that will contribute greatly to the awareness on problem gambling and provide sustainable help to people in need.

Rosalynn Koh

Bilingual Counsellor
Email: Rosalynn Koh 
Phone: (02) 8838 2168 

Rosalynn provides confidential counselling and support to clients and their families with problem gambling. Coming from a multi-cultural background, she has experience working with clients from CALD communities, disadvantaged youths and their families. Rosalynn is also involved with community outreach to the Chinese community through active engagement, events and workshops. She works closely with other stakeholders and agencies for referrals and consultation.

Rosalynn 为赌徒及其家人提供辅导.  她有与多元文化客, 处于不利地位的青年及其家庭合作的经验. 此外,亦透过积极参与、活动及工作坊,参与社区与华人社区的推广. 她与其他利益攸关方和机构密切合作,进行转介和咨询。 

Stacey Yang Zhang

Bilingual Cross-Cultural Clinical Consultant
Email: Stacey Yang Zhang
Phone: (02) 8838 2171

After completing her degree in Psychology, Stacey has been working in a number of non-profit organisations providing counselling, crisis support and welfare services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse background. As a part-time Bilingual Clinical Consultant at MPGS, Stacey provides both in-person and virtual counselling services to clients and their families. By working with a multidisciplinary team, she facilitates and supports clients to manage problem gambling and to engage with life-enhancing coping skills. She is also an advocate for raising awareness of mental health and promoting help seeking among CALD communities.


Joseph Abdo

Bilingual Cross Cultural Clinical Consultant
Email: Joseph Abdo
Phone: (02) 8838 2014

Joseph comes from a social work background and is passionate about providing mental health support to Arabic-speaking and all other clients from CALD communities. Joseph enjoys working across the areas of clinical practice, research and policy to inform and influence better outcomes for families and individuals who require various support or who may feel stuck. Joseph’s experience spans areas of child protection, family therapy, alcohol and other drugs, and addiction management. Joseph is knowledgeable and trained in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and other useful modalities that aid addiction management. Joseph has a rigorous background in alcohol and other drug research and utilises harm-minimisation approaches to support clients. Joseph has worked extensively with youth at risk and is passionate about engaging and supporting young people and their families. Overall, Joseph offers a human rights-based approach to managing problem gambling, working in partnership and collaboration with clients, families, communities, and government.



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