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Tony Miller OAM
Founder 'Dads in Distress', Fathers Day 1999


We started out as Dads in Distress, on Father’s Day 1999. Our founder was Tony Miller OAM. Back then, we operated one dads group that met periodically on a veranda in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

Tony kicked off the group after he could not find any support that he needed as a recently separated and highly distressed dad; in fact it led him to contemplate taking his own life more than once. Others heard about his work and they volunteered to set up their own local groups.

Over the years, mums too started to come to our groups for support, so we widened our work to include mum support and, in 2017, we rebranded to Parents Beyond Breakup. We continue to operate a front line support service called Dads in Distress (alongside one called Mums in Distress) but our focus is where the greater lack of national support continues to exist – that is with separated dads.

Two decades on and we’ve expanded our services to include a telephone helpline, LiveChat helpline, online forum and local ‘one to one’ mentors.

Our core ethos remains today as strongly as it did back in 1999, to provide support free and to utilise where possible only peer volunteers all of whom have been through it themselves. This makes all the difference when you’re all out of money, and trust. Although we are in small part funded by government, we continue to operate on very limited funds and rely heavily on the generosity of the public, trusts and corporate donors.

Parents Beyond Breakup

PBB is a registered charity

Donations are tax deductible

Our focus is the prevention of suicide in separating parents

Our tagline is keeping parents alive, and in their kids lives

We are non ideological, non political, gender neutral and gender inclusive.

We do not do ‘activism’.

We are often asked to provide policy makers high quality and unbiased factual information that they need to make better decisions about the areas in which we operate.

Team Members


  • Gillian Hunt, CEO – NSW

  • Pete Nicholls, Regional Manager SW Sydney – NSW

  • Tania Karshagen, Executive Assistant – NSW

  • Glenn Hodgson, Operations Manager (North) – QLD

  • Phil Lamport, Operations Manager (South) – VIC

  • Alan Valja, Helpline Operator – NSW

  • Tim Kay, Helpline Operator – NSW

  • JD Knight, Helpline Operator – QLD


  • Brendan Blomeley – TAS, until 2022 AGM – CHAIR

  • Campbell Lennox – NSW, until 2023 AGM – TREASURER

  • Ross Arriola – NSW, until 2022 AGM – DEPUTY CHAIR

  • Glen Poole – QLD, until 2022 AGM

  • Josie Sinnamon – QLD, until 2023 AGM

The Hero's (Our volunteers!)

  • Dozens of dedicated volunteer peers

  • Separated mums, dads, grandparents and just great humans who want to make a positive difference to those most in need and most at risk

The Empty Chair (Passed)

Our Family Values

One big family

  • We are family centric, client focussed and cognisant of children’s needs

  • We model the PBB behaviours; demonstrate camaraderie, warmth and we each help to develop others around us

  • Our ethos is to facilitate peer to peer connection, support and care

Sleep well at night

  • We are accountable, responsible, ethical, respectful, caring, compassionate and empathic

  • We believe in equality and act in an egalitarian manner

Open heart, open mind

  • Our nature is to be determined, driven, passionate, inclusive, sensitive

  • We act urgently, influence and nurture whilst demonstrating humility

  • We use emotional and social intelligence

If not us, who?

  • We believe in empowering, growing and inspiring leaders

  • We value talent, innovation and communication

  • We make a dent in the universe and choose the road less travelled

Rock solid

  • We are dependable, trustworthy experts

  • We value teamwork, expertise and knowledge

  • Playing by the rules is what makes us successful

Do more with less

  • We are pragmatic, resourceful, frugal and proactive

  • We see no barriers, accept all challenges and do not postpone

  • Think different whilst keeping it simple

Our Vision, Our Mission

Parents Beyond Breakup not only supports parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledges the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’, a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.

Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents …. ….