Narelle Dickinson is the Director and lead clinician of Queensland Family and Fertility Support. She is a Brisbane-based Clinical and Health Psychologist specialising in the perinatal field.
Narelle provides support to families before, during and after pregnancy, including families who have experienced perinatal grief and loss. She recognises the specific needs of families faced with pregnancy decision making after diagnosis of foetal abnormality, and can provide support for those experiencing this unique grief. As a specialist infertility counsellor, she works with families struggling with infertility, including those who utilise donor conception and surrogacy. She is an accredited Neuro-developmental Care (NDC) practitioner, and uses the NDC evidence base to support parents in the first 1000 days of their child’s life. Narelle is also accredited to provide Circle of Security Parenting programs, and loves sharing the knowledge that using the “Stronger, Wiser, Bigger and Kind” model can help any parent develop and promote a secure attachment with their child.
Narelle is a 2015 Churchill Fellow Recipient, investigating the risks and implications of cross border surrogacy for Australians. She is sought after as a presenter at conferences and workshops across Australia and internationally, and has held lecturer and clinical supervisor positions with a number of postgraduate Psychology programs. She is regularly sought after by media to provide opinion in the area of fertility and surrogacy and has provided interviews to radio, TV and print media outlets.
Narelle is currently a Director of the Fertility Society of Australia, a member of the Clinical Advisory Council for the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, and in 2020 accepted invitations to become an Executive Committee Member of the Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association and a member of the Advisory Group to the Healthy Male Plus Paternal Health Project. She has previously held Board or committee member positions with the Psychology Board of Australia, the Churchill Fellowship Association of Queensland, the Queensland Mental Health Association, the Australian Psychological Society Health College, the Australian Psychological Society Perinatal Special Interest Group, and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
“There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.”