Phoenix Australia conducts innovative research within military and veterans’ services, hospitals, health and community settings, emergency services, industry and workplace sectors and compensation environments.Find out more
Phoenix Australia are the experts in evidence-based trauma treatments and are funded to offer mental health clinical services to key population groups.Find out more
Phoenix Australia is proud to partner with Government departments, agencies and other treatment providers to make a meaningful difference in our communities.
Traumatic events are common and most people will experience at least one during their lives.Find out more
Phoenix Australia can work with your organisation or team to build capacity in understanding, preventing and promoting recovery from trauma and other adversity. Our services include policy development, practice implementation, research, training and advice.Find out more
Alison Cheah a beloved daughter, sister, friend and family member sadly passed away on 3rd of April 2022. Aliey suffered from PTSD, anxiety and depression post a catastrophic car accident which took the life of her partner in March 2021, 10 days shy of her 30th birthday. Although she attended mental health therapies her thoughts around the treatment of PTSD and mental health in general was that it was lacking.
Aliey was born in Melbourne and had a happy childhood. She attended Jells Park Primary school and then Caulfield Grammar school. She made many lifelong friends here whom she continued friendships with throughout her life.
In 2002 Aliey and her family moved to Hong Kong due to her fathers work in China. She attended Sha Tin College a British International School. At the time the move was a big change in Aliey’s life but one that she would never look back on. During her time in Hong Kong she made many friends from around the world whom she would continue to keep in touch and visit. She also honed her hobbies which included cooking, baking and scuba diving. Aliey completed her International Baccalaurette with high honors which allowed her to study her dream profession dentistry. Aliey had always wanted to be a dentist a passion which was inspired from lifelong mentor and family dentist Dr Koller.
In 2010 Aliey joined her brother in Brisbane, QLD to study dentistry at the University of QLD. She would go on to make even more friends during her studies. She graduated in 2014 and would continue to do research and promotional work for the school of dentistry. Aliey’s favourite job was working for QLD Health where she worked at a high security prison where she enjoyed working with people from all backgrounds learning their stories and always trying to help them. Aliey stopped working after the car accident due to the effects of PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Aliey moved from Brisbane to Melbourne in March 2019. This was a new and exciting adventure for Aliey, and her partner, who rented a beautiful townhouse in Flemington. Aliey was at home in Melbourne, surrounded by a huge circle of friends she had met at every stage of her life. Her home had a constant stream of visitors, from across the road to across the sea. When you were at Aliey’s, you felt like the centre of her world, ate chocolates from a bowl that never emptied, drank giant mugs of tea, were wrapped up in blanket, surrounded by photos and memories of everyone she loved from all over the world, and laughed until your sides hurt. You never wanted to leave (but you had to ‘please leave by 9’). She loved to go on adventures, cycling around Melbourne with friends, even rescuing one when she fell off her bike. Aliey loved food, but even more than that, she loved to feed you. Whether that was cooking for you, taking you out for brunch, wrapping up your Peking duck, convincing you to get Laksa King again, or making a three-tier award-winning cake. Whether you were out or at home, you were having fun with Aliey, from dress ups to fireworks and timer photographs. All we can hope is somewhere out there you still walk alongside us, every day, unseen, unheard – but still near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.
About Phoenix Australia
We’re Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health.
Our internationally recognised research program advances the scientific knowledge and understanding of trauma, and benefits trauma survivors, their families and the community.
We draw on our extensive research and clinical expertise in posttraumatic mental health to inform our training, service development, and policy advice to government, industry and communities.
Phoenix Australia is honoured to partner with Alison’s family and friends. Your donation will help us to continue our vital research and education to improve treatments and support people whose lives have been devastated by trauma.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Please note that donations will be processed in AUD currency.
Sign up to receive our latest news, event information and research findings.
Phoenix Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and pays respect to all Elders, past and present. We acknowledge continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land, water and communities—places of age-old ceremonies, of celebration and renewal—and their unique contribution in the life of these lands.
We are committed to fostering an environment in which the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their fellow Australians is characterised by a deep mutual respect, leading to positive change in our nation’s culture and capacity.
Phoenix Australia are experts in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing. For 25 years, we have been Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health and internationally recognised leaders in our field. We are committed to driving forward the mental health agenda both at home and abroad.Donate Now
Level 3, 161 Barry Street
Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9035 5599
Fax: +61 3 9035 5455
counselling and referrals