Dr Mary Asic-Kobe BBSC (Hons), DPsych (Clin), MAPS, MCCLP, STAP
Dr Asic-Kobe is the Executive Manager of Client Services at Access Community Services Limited. Her expertise in refugee resettlement spans 14 years and is complemented by almost two decades of career experience as a Clinical Psychologist and clinic Director. Overseeing client service delivery and operations of multiple Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Seeker programs, Dr Asic-Kobe’s management style takes a performance-based approach informed by her clinical practice, available evidence, research engagement and government policy.
Dr. Asic-Kobe’s career achievements are extensive and can be linked to early ambitions to bolster the physical and psychological quality of life of refugees, a focus she has maintained with interest, in enhancing the quality and integration of health services available to people of refugee backgrounds. Her Clinical Doctorate focused on Quality of Life and facilitated the development of a Trauma Counselling Service for resettled refugees and an evaluation study of trauma therapy outcomes - the first of its kind. Her commitment to evidence-based practice, is seen in her ongoing research engagement with universities and industry to advance sector development and overall improve the quality of life for clients. This focus has enabled Dr. Asic-Kobe, to successfully challenge traditional service delivery models through the development of close working relationships with resettlement services, and the delivery of client directed workshops. Dr Asic-Kobe was recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards for her extensive work in improving the psychological health for refugees.