AAMA Board

Board of Management

AAMA is co-ordinated by a volunteer Board of Management. AAMA is registered in NSW as
an incorporated association – DFT Y2206644

Board members are elected for for three years before standing down, they can be re-elected.

 Simon Bednarek

Dr Simon Bednarek



GP working in Mullumbimby, Northern NSW
Email: simon.bednarek@gmail.com

 Cristina Bio

Cristina Rubsamen


In 1996 I was part of the initiative of founding Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education now located at Lillian Rock near Nimbin. I was on the school board for 10 years and held the position of the treasurer. I have been employed by the school for the last 15 years and managed the office. During this time I have undertaken studies of Anthroposophic philosophy specifically in relation to education and therapeutic work. I grew up in Germany and trained in nursing and midwifery before I came to Australia 32 years ago. Here I studied homoeopathy and worked in private practice for some time.

For the past 16 years I have been actively involved in the Steiner / Waldorf school movement in Australia and my professional development has included studies of Extra Lesson, Bothmer Gymnastics and, to a large degree, elements of ‘School Health Consultancy’.

Through my involvement at a Steiner school from the pioneering stage into a more consolidated and professional phase I have learned much and gained a lot of experiences. I have great enthusiasm and a strong commitment to participate and offer my contribution to the ongoing development of approaches coming out of Anthroposophy. I always endeavour to keep the intention of the work, study and my services in relation to the teachings and philosophical indications given by Rudolf Steiner.


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Michael Kokinos

Michael Kokinos is an Anthroposophic Physiotherapist, certified at the Goetheanum in 2015. He practices craniosacral therapy and is a founding member of the International Anthroposophic Network for Cranio-Sacral Therapy (IAN-CST). He is the director of Blue Sky Therapies – an intergrative health clinic with offices in Melbourne, Noosa and Katherine. He is also a member of the International Association of Anthroposophic Body Therapies (IAABT :  www.iaabt-medsektion.net/en/)

He  holds a Masters of Health Management and has served as an advisor to the Australian Government on a number of ministerial boards in the fields of public health, disability and rural/remote primary health care . He is a regular faculty member in the annual IPMT training in Anthroposophic Medicine, teaching therapists in Australia and kindergarden/primary teachers about salutogenesis in early childhood education in India.

A section of his masters was looking at research into health promotion in schools. Michael works as a consultant with Steiner schools internationally specialising in the use of rhythm and movement in the curriculum.. Michael also works in NT Indigenous community development and trauma rehabilitation and is the project manager for a Steiner inspired creche project in Arnhem land communities.

Email michaelkokinos@hotmail.com


Ellen Sallows

Ellen Sallows is an Anthroposophical Art Therapist: Diploma Art Therapy, Pitjiri School, SA, Australia

Extra Lesson Practitioner: Graduate Certificate Extra Lesson, Training Institute forLearning Difficulties, Sydney , Australia, Learning Support teacher : Graduate units , Special Education, Flinders University , SA and Teacher: Bachelor Teaching , University of  South Australia

She has worked as an Art therapist in : private practise in South Australia and in Alice Springs , NT, Australia ; at MHACA, Mental Health Association of Central Australia, ,  in a residential programme for traumatised homeless teenagers in South Australia and in a Drug and Alcohol residential withdrawal programme in South Australia.

She has developed, co-ordinated  and implemented the learning support programmes at 3 Steiner( Waldorf )Schools and acted as a learning Support consultant in several other schools. She has seen and supported students as both an Extra Lesson practitioner and Anthroposophical Art therapist in these schools.

She developed, co-ordinated  and taught in the Teacher Training at the Alice Springs Steiner School.

She has taught handcraft, art , painting, drawing and sculpture in Steiner schools and worked in early childhood at Waldorf school.Here she developed a class 1 readiness assessment to support understanding of students sensory learning capacities, which she  used and advised  at several schools.

She was also part of a team that started a Steiner School in NSW Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

She is a mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 5, so far!!

She currently lives in Adelaide South Australia .

Email: sallows.ellen7@gmail.com

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