Our Valuable Team Members
Dr. Halima Goss, NWIA President. Dr. Halima Goss is a Wellness Professional who after being awarded a PhD, completed her MBBS and began working as a Medical Doctor in rural Australia. Halima is an experienced wellness practitioner who has provided hospital-based and primary care to a diverse population in metropolitan, regional and rural locations.
Halima continues to provide comprehensive medical care to patients using the Wellness Construct which formed the theoretical framework for her PhD research. Dr. Goss believes in high quality personalized holistic care in her practice of medicine, focusing on the total well-being of each individual as well as their family and community.
As a primary care Physician, Dr Goss strongly believes in the Doctor-Patient relationship being a partnership, in which she shares ideas and negotiates decisions with the patient. In aiming to care for others, Halima strives to have unconditional regard for all dimensions of her patients’ wellness. As a wellness professional, taking time to listen in a non-judgmental way, educating others and promoting self-care and kindness are key elements of Halima’s philosophy.
Halima’s past roles on the National Wellness Institute of Australia (NWIA) Management Team have included Founding Member, Secretary/Treasurer as well as Research/Education Officer. Halima’s acceptance of the nomination for the Office of President has been made with gratitude and with the hope that she will be able to contribute to a positive and valued organisation. Along with all members of the Management Team Halima is focussed on the values of kindness, honesty, sharing and progressing ideals for all those feeling a connection to the Wellness approach to life in all its forms.
Simon Pitcher, NWIA Vice President & Treasurer. Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching (Wellness Coaching Australia); Certified Wellness Wise Practitioner (Wellness Design -Wellness Wise Academy); Master of Management – Human Resources; Cert IV in Occupational Health and Safety; Fellow of The Heart Foundation of Australia. Simon is the owner of ‘Best You – Coaching’ which is his Health and Wellness Coaching business operating primarily online with the purpose of assisting you – the client to make positive and lasting changes to the areas of your health and/or wellness which are important to you, therefore, enabling you to achieve and maintain your vision of your ‘Best You’. He has over 10 years’ experience in Health, Safety and Wellness working in the Oil and Gas industry and in Queensland Government. His experience includes health, safety & wellness policy development, effective engagement with stakeholders, implementing and evaluating projects. Prior to working in the health and safety field he spent more than 20 years in management (mainly in the jewellery and watch industry). Simon is a Fellow of the Heart Foundation of Australia and Founder of Health & Wellness Walkers – Heart Foundation Walking group (since 2016). He has passionately grown his personal development over the last 30 years and believes learning to be and stay well is essential to all aspects of a person’s quality of life.
Bob Boyd OAM MEnv&ComH, BHMS, NWIA International Liaison Officer.
Bob brings at least 40 years’ experience across all areas of Personal
and Corporate Wellness. His involvement includes Research, Consulting
and teaching. A Ministerial appointment to the Queensland State Steering Committee on
Health Promotion in the Workplace preceded his appointment as the
inaugural Director of the QUT Wellness Matters Program. Founding
President of the National Wellness Institute of Australia he has also
chaired a number of State and National professional association. He
currently sits on the National Wellness Institute (USA) Board of
Directors. He is an accredited Workplace Wellness Director, Certified Wellness
Practitioner, Certified Workplace Program manager, Wellness Culture
Coach and Wellness Coach Trainer who has delivered conference
presentations, workshops, and training programs and consulted to
businesses, associations, governments, and community groups
internationally and nationally.
Ina Koka, NWIA Secretariat. Ina Koka started with The College of Health and Fitness in 2013 and has been a tireless ambassador ever since. With over 22 years years experience in the Fitness Industry, starting with QFAC, Ina also worked as a Registration and Training Officer Fitness Queensland. Ina was awarded the 2008 Queensland Fitness Industry Awards of Excellence – Outstanding Industry Contribution and the 2005 Inaugural Fitness Australia Presidential Award. With a Certificate III & Certificate IV in Business she is confident when delivering speeches about the Fitness Industry to various High Schools.
Kristopher Skaife, NWIA Research & Education Officer