Daniel is the Psychosocial Support Manager at CanTeen Australia’s National office in Sydney supporting the needs of young people who have been impacted by cancer. Prior to Canteen, Daniel worked in the community sector as manager of Headspace Services in Mt Druitt where he oversaw the Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program and the Primary Care programs. Whilst working here, Daniel also managed the operations of Headspace Penrith and the adult LikeMind centres.
He is passionate about creative recovery, focused and collaborative approaches in the mental health sector, an example of which has been the PetSpace program run in Western Sydney that teaches young people with mental health problems how to support animals.
Daniel has worked with people of all ages in a variety of community, inpatient, custodial and employment settings and has a keen interest in early intervention and adolescent mental health.
Daniel is proud of his Vietnamese-Australian heritage and is also interested in the plight of refugees and asylum seekers living in New South Wales.
Daniel continues to learn from people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups as well as service providers from around Sydney where he has served as an official visitor over the past nine years. Daniel is a clinical supervisor for new psychologists entering the mental health sector and continues to provide supervision services for the College of Professional Psychology and as a panel member for the Department of Justice's Serious Young Offender Review Panel.