Dr Moira Jenkins
PhD; M. Psych. (Clin); Grad. Dip. Conflict Management; MAPS.
Dr Moira Jenkins is the founder and a Director of South Australian based Aboto Pty Ltd. She began her career as a clinical psychologist, however her career has developed from pure clinical psychology into the area of psychological/mental health in the workplace, management of high conflict behaviours and dispute resolution.
She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide where she provides teaching input into the Masters of Organisational Psychology program.
She is the Mayor of the City of Victor Harbor and sits on a number of boards and is heavily involved in local government and governance issues.
Prior to launching Aboto, Moira worked as a trainer and conciliator for the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission and was the Manager of the Complaint Handling Section of the commission.
Moira’s PhD is from the University of Adelaide and her thesis focused on the different perspectives of workplace bullying complaints from the targets, the alleged perpetrator and the HR professional’s perspective, with the aim of identifying ways in which organisations can better prevent and respond to conflict and allegations of bullying.
She has postgraduate qualifications in both mediation and conflict management, and is a member of the Leaders Institute of South Australia alumni, following her completion of the 2013 Governors Leadership Program.
In 2014 Moira was the South Australian recipient of the ‘LEADR’ Association of Dispute Resolvers ‘Practitioner Award for significant contribution of dispute resolution to meet specific needs. Awarded for: Creative adaptation of dispute resolution to meet specific needs.
In 2012 Moira was awarded the Augusta Zadow Scholarship through Safe Work SA) in order to assist her develop a return to work program for workers who had been bullied out of work. Part 1 of that project involved convening ‘World Café style focus groups to investigate impact of bullying, and the needs of ‘out of work’ participants who had been bullied. The results of this preliminary study have been presented at both national and international conferences.
Since 2005 Moira has worked with senior managers, HR consultants and staff from many organisations both large and small, as well as departments in the Federal, State and Local government sector, non-government sectors and private industry. She brings both an evidence based and very practical approach to Aboto services, along with an understanding of both the current legal requirements and the latest research in the area.
Aboto is located in South Australia, and while Moira lives on a 40 acre property with her husband and Rhodesian Ridge-back puppy on the Fleurieu Peninsular, she is happy to leave this little piece of paradise to work all over Australia and sometimes in New Zealand.