Professional Development Oz

Specialists in Education, Psychology & Wellbeing

Course Overview

Course Content

PODCAST available at:

EP 1:  Introduction

EP 2:  Importance of Multidisciplinary Care in Children with Learning Difficulties

EP 3:  Importance of Phonological Awareness

EP 4:  Why should we assess?

“A dynamic duo who work seamlessly together, providing research and practical support whilst providing endless empathy and genuine care.”

Amanda Hicks
MPhilEd (research), MAEdst, Master Social Work (current), BA, GradDipEd, GradCertTESOL
Lecturer & Learning Specialist
Dr Rachel Briggs
BPsych, BSc (hons), DCP/MSC
Clinical Psychologist
“Amanda is a brilliant presenter! Her enthusiasm and infectious personality really helped our school get it!”
“Rachel’s empathy and insight has helped us understand the importance of listening to our students.”

School & Teacher Courses


Working Memory & Learning


Differentiation in Material & Environment


Wellbeing & Learning Difficulties


Language, Learning & Cognition


Cognitive Load Theory & Explicit Instruction


Building Emotional Resilience
Our Approach

We have lectured to over 10,000+ educators, health professionals, families and caseworkers over the past 8 years. Our approach is that lectures should not only provide research and evidence based information but give real life and practical strategies that can be used immediately. 

We believe that lectures should not have you grabbing a third or fourth coffee before first break but be engaging, dynamic and dare I say enjoyable. 

About Amanda

I have over 25 years in education, research and academia. Working within primary, secondary, tertiary, government and business environments I am able to bridge the gap between research and practise. 

I love to study and use that information to improve the wellbeing of the individuals, families and organisations I serve. 

About Rachel

With a background in community health, acute-care, private health-care, rehabilitation and academic settings, Rachel's specialist area of expertise is working with children and their families across a range of presentations including anxiety, low mood, emotion dysregulation, anger management, trauma, issues of attachment as well learning and behavioural difficulties.

PD Service Options

We have many options available for schools and individuals to undertake

our PD.


In School






I have been to so many PDs over my long career and non can compare to Amanda's phenomenal presentation. 



Level 1, 350 High Street

Maitland NSW 2320

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