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Tips from an expert on building a professional practice with Helen Killmier

  • 12 May 2022
  • ZOOM


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In this workshop-style session, you will learn about growing and developing a successful trauma informed mental health business. You will hear from an expert in the field who has grown her business from essentially one person to having 32 staff, being a Certified B Corp and has just won a Telstra Business Award.

In this interactive session you will learn:

  • How to have the 'right' people around you
  • Where to start (vision, purpose, business planning)
  • Is there demand – how do you know? 
  • Governance. What business model is right for you? 
  • Strategic planning, risk management, quality assurance, insurances, clinical governance 
  • Systems & processes 
  • Website & social media 
  • Employees vs contractors 
  • Marketing 
  • Managing growth 

You will also have an opportunity to ask Helen questions at the end of the session.


Helen Killmier is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Guidestar, an organisation that she commenced in 2017. Guidestar supports people with multiple and complex needs using a trauma-informed approach to achieve meaningful participation and an improved quality of life. Helen has extensive experience in leadership roles and her industry experience includes disability, mental health, homelessness, alcohol and other drugs, justice and local government. Since starting Guidestar, Helen has grown the business to 32 employees and over 300 clients. Guidestar is a registered B-Corporation and is the Victorian winner of the Telstra Best of Business Awards (Community Impact) 2022. A registered Community Psychologist, Helen's research interests are sense of community, sense of place, community wellbeing, dual disability and mental health. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Association of Psychologists, a Fellow of the College of Community Psychologists, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Fellow of Melbourne University.

Start date:Thursday 12 May 2022
Time: 6pm AEST (4pm HKT, 8pm NZT)
Duration: 1 and ½ hours
Location: Zoom (link provided in the registration confirmation email)
Cost: $40 (+GST for Australian members)
Unlimited number of participants.
Open to: All members

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