CAWA staff are diverse! We take pride in sharing our collective skills, qualifications and experiences to enhance the quality of the services that we provide. Our network of staff are engaged with our vision and mission, and dedicated to changing the way we talk about mental health and wellbeing, to work towards a suicide safer community. Our staff bring with them the voice of lived experience, and are truly our greatest asset.
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Founder and Managing Director
Personal pronouns: she/her/hers
Bella Broadway has been working in the Disability, Training, Mental Health, Trauma Support, Behaviour Intervention, Child Protection, Education and Advocacy sectors for over 18 years. During this time Bella has performed a variety of roles in both Government and Non-Profit organisations within different states of Australia. Bella is the former Manager of Living Proud, and Western Australian Coordinator for the QLife Teleweb Counselling, Information, Support and Referral Service.
Bella is passionate about working towards a suicide safer community, and was honoured to lead the Living Proud team to be awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention (Community Development) in 2015.
Bella Broadway was recognized in the OUTstanding 30 LGBTIQ+ Public Sector Executives List 2019. The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists supported by Yahoo Finance are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBTIQ+ people in the business community and celebrate inspirational LGBTIQ+ Senior Leaders from the Public and Third Sectors, across the globe who are helping to make their workplace more welcoming, and who are making a significant contribution to LGBTIQ+ inclusion outside of their workplace.
Connection And Wellbeing Australia was a proud Finalist in the 2019 Belmont and Western Australian Small Business Awards.
Bella Broadway was awarded as an Exceptional Women of Excellence- at the Women Economic Forum 2019.
In 2016 Bella was proud to be part of the Suicide Prevention Australia conference in Canberra, in her role as a LiFE Award judge, and as a Presenter in the Building Workforce Capability stream, with her paper “Lessons learned in delivering Lived Experience / Peer Perspectives (LEPP) programs”. She was also thrilled to lead the Western Australian QLife Volunteers to be awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention (Community Development) 2016.
As a key advocate and trainer for delivering suicide awareness and intervention trainings to the West Australian LGBTIQ community and for striving to create best practice amongst Livingworks ASIST and safeTALK trainers to ensure that their practices are inclusive, Bella along with her Living Proud colleagues received a certificate of recognition at the inaugural Livingworks Australasia Conference (2016).
In March 2017, Bella was invited to take part in the Western Australian National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy Roundtable facilitated by the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Helping to further Bella’s support of suicide prevention trainers to develop their LGBTIQ+ cultural competency.
In April 2017, Bella arranged and facilitated the inaugural meet up of ASIST and safeTALK trainers who are based in Western Australia. These quarterly events will help trainers connect with one another, share wisdoms, support one another and develop their practices.
Bella was a shortlisted finalist for and Individual award for the Suicide Prevention Australia LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention (Community Development) 2017.
In 2017, as the founder of Connection And Wellbeing Australia (CAWA), Bella was the proud winner of the Best New Business Award at the Belmont and Western Australian Small Business Awards.
Western Australian Divisional Council- The Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, The Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), First Nations Rainbow, The National LGBTI Health Alliance, Western Australian Suicide Prevention Coordinators Reference Group (WASPCRG), Western Australian Suicide Prevention Coordinators Postvention Group (WASPCPG) Western Australian Suicide Prevention Network (WASPN), Western Australian Primary Health Alliance Primary Health Network Advisory Committee (WAPHA-PHNC)
FOUNDER and COORDINATOR:
Western Australian Livingworks Trainers Development and Support Group
Women in Social Enterprise
2017-2019 CONFERENCES AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
Suicide Prevention Australia Conference- Pathways to Excellence in Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Australia Conference- Social Enterprise and Suicide Prevention
Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference- Creating Safe and Inclusive Training Spaces
Curtin University Human Rights Ally Conference- Lateral Hostility
LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference- Creating Safe Spaces to Talk About Suicide
Suicide Prevention Australia Conference- Delivering Lived Experience Peer Perspective Programs
Bella is a regular contributor for Out In Perth Magazine and has been published in the Australian Training and Development Magazine (AITD).
Bella is a regular guest on RTR FM and Noongar Radio, speaking on topics of Mental Health, Wellbeing, Suicide Prevention, Self-Care, LGBTIQ+ Diversity and Inclusion.