Dr Justin Gaetano is the Director of Ideospectus Consulting.
This Credentials page gives a condensed record of his professional skills, qualifications, and employment. It is updated infrequently; this version is current up to 28th February, 2020.
The purpose of this page is to show prospective clients the demanding and complex work Ideospectus Consulting is capable of achieving. For referee reports or anything else, please visit the Services page, or contact Justin directly.
As an experienced NDIS local area coordinator and someone with lived experience of disability, my goal is to secure diverse and challenging work, where I can apply my skill set to help individuals and their families build capacity toward improved social, community, and health outcomes.
Skills and abilities
- Listening, communication and leadership. Help people with disability and their families to understand the NDIS and build their capacity, both with and without the scheme’s support. Adherent of the servant model of leadership philosophy. Developed leadership skills as a member of the Mid Coast Communities’ leadership team, and as former chair of the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Professionals Network. Several years’ experience lecturing and writing content for courses including community health sciences, psychology, and statistics. Supervisor and mentor of Honours and PhD research students to completion. MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Test exceeds 80% of comparison group.
- Duty of care, discipline and reputation. Excellent knowledge of relevant legislation and its application, including the NDIS Act 2013, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Privacy Act 1988, and FOI Act 1982, as well as current ethics policies and procedures. Adhere to organisational and positional codes of conduct at all times, to ensure the safe and fair treatment of all participants and colleagues I work with.
- Versatile approach toward regional change. Authored and published the MNC Regional Social Profile 2019, based on almost three years of research and analysis. Commissioned to evaluate community service programs and service quality, and write research reports on important topics (e.g. Indigenous health and wellbeing) for state and federal government departments.
- Analysis as tool for genuine growth. Known and trusted widely as data obsessive. Highly developed analytic and presentation skills, which are frequently put to use in my NDIS work. Adjunct director of the ideospectus laboratory at the University of New England. Program and self-publish free data analysis tools. In my spare time outside of work hours, run my own research consulting business. Revelian Cognitive Ability Test score exceeds 95% of graduates assessed for a variety of roles.
- PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, SCU | 2011–15 | Thesis: The stimulus invariance of human sex cue processing: A cross-cultural study using non-face stimuli
- Bachelor of Psychology with 1st Class Honours, SCU | 2007–10 | Thesis: Humans are handy at sex perception
- 2019: Local area coordinator training, NDIS
- 2018: MHPN webinar: Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals
- 2017: Public Innovation Training, Harwood Institute USA | MHPN Professional Development
- 2016: Regional Wellbeing Masterclasses, SCU
- Certificate of Accreditation, Mental Health First Aid Course, MHFA Australia
- Certificate of Achievement, White Ribbon Courses on Domestic Violence Prevention
- Working with Children Check
- Australian Federal Police Check
Current or Recent
- Local Area Coordinator | NDIS | 2019–.
- Research Analyst | Mid Coast Communities | 2016–2019.
- Study Support Officer | Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme | 2019.
- Research Supervisor | University of New England | 2017–19.
- Director | Ideospectus Consulting | 2018–. Consulting in my spare time (ha!) on the following broad areas: (1) Research (e.g. project management, design, analysis); (2) Publication (e.g. content advice, proofing and editing, publisher brokerage); (3) Academia (e.g. tuition, examination, preparation, invigilation); (4) Presentation (e.g. communication coaching, poster / slide-show design, graphical models, anxiety management).
- Research & Training Support Officer | Southern Cross Postgraduate Association, SCU | 2014–16
- Research Consultant | North Coast Primary Health Network (formerly: North Coast Medicare Local) | 2012–13
- Doctoral Researcher | School of Health & Human Sciences, SCU | 2011–15
- Academic | School of Health & Human Sciences, SCU | 2010–16
- Research Assistant | Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience & Behaviour, SCU | 2008–10
- Market Researcher | Jetty Research | 2008–10
Achievements, awards, and funding
- 2019: NSW Department of Justice Community Safety Fund | ADF, Australia – LDAT Community Action Plan
- 2018: Carer’s Investment Project | SETS Client Services / Community Capacity Building | GYST Life Skills Project
- 2017: NCPHN Primary Health Care Excellence Awards nominee: Innovation category
- 2014-16: SCU Teacher’s Commendation (6 nominations) | SRC grant | ACNS Travel Award to present work at ICON XII
- 2011-14: Australian Postgraduate Award | Joined Golden Key Honours Society on merit
- 2010-11: University Medal | Inaugural Honours Student Manuscript Award | Opem Psychology Honours Scholarship
Please visit the Resources section for a list.
- Themes from the Youth Futures Forum – 7 Sep. 2017 – Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour
- Brave New Worlds: Biennial Conference of the National Judicial College of Australia – 4 Mar. 2017 – Australian National University, Canberra
- Clifford Group Perception Seminar – 14 Jan. 2016 – University of New South Wales, Sydney
- 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON) – 29 Jul. 2014 – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
- 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) conference – 29 Nov. 2013 – Monash University, Melbourne
- 3rd ACNS conference – 30 Nov. 2012 – Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Activities and membership
- MNC Carer’s Research Project
- NSW Dept. of Communities & Justice
- Mid North Coast Local Health District
- Australian Early Development Census
- Alisa Bryce, Scientist
- Private tuition of various students
- Ideospectus Consulting, ABN: 88 320 406 725
- Registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
- Intellectual property licensor with trademarks pending
Pro bono work
- Coordinator, Coffs Harbour Collaborative MHPN (2019)
- Adjunct academic, University of New England, Armidale (2019–)
- Editorial board member, Frontiers in Psychology / Neuroscience: Perception Science (2016–)
- Manuscript reviewer
- Textbook editor and content expert
- Member, Get Connected Toormina Project Implementation Group (2018–)
- Drug, Alcohol & Crime Prevention Actions Sub-committee
- Program & Service Evaluation Sub-committee
- Member, Bellingen/Nambucca Affordable Housing Action Group (2018–)
- Member, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2012–)
- Member, Golden Key International Honour Society (2012–)
- Spokesperson, SCU Equity and Diversity Outreach Program (2008–14)
- Student mentor, SCU UniMentor Program (2008–11)