Our Purpose

Is to be a platform that empowers people, teams, leaders, organizations and community to connect, to learn, to grow, to THRIVE and then share this way of being with others.

We do this via -

  • Events

  • Consulting

  • Training

  • Webinars

  • Coaching & Mentoring

Our platform is one of collaboration. We partner with/ build a community of, like/value minded and purpose driven, organizations and professionally skilled individuals.

​We are an organization that understands in order for us to THRIVE in today’s hectic world, we need to embrace the latest evidence based health and wellbeing science from the West and adopt the ancient wisdom and principles of living from the East.

If you want to develop and maintain an organizational culture which is regarded as sustainable, thriving and high performing then good wellbeing and mental health practices need to sit at the core of your organization’s processes and leadership priorities.

We focus on the factors that actually predict whether people, organizations and communities are healthy and thriving, for example, strong and resilient workplaces/families and social cohesion.

We are able to increase the psychological safety of workplaces and communities to one that is healthier, safer and more productive, one that empowers people with the resilient tools and strategies, one where everyone finds belonging, purpose and meaning. Research shows this prevents Mental Health claims.  Sadly this is not usually the case.

One of our purposes is therefore to disrupt inter-generational poverty by reaching out to those who want a better life and delivering empowering educational programs for them, integrated with the support of NFP's, local and state government bodies and community minded people and organizations.

We aim to disrupt the current paradigm of men, particularly rural men who do not ask for help when struggling.

We aim to therefore drastically reduce suicide, domestic violence, substance abuse and poor mental health.

We aim to make a stand via EQ /Emotional Intelligence education in organisations and the community for more open, communicative, strong, resilient men and women.

Derek Rogers


Derek rebranded himself and his vision and co -created ‘The Thrive Movement Australia’ in late 2019 after 10 years of developing and delivering workshops for organisations. His new vision is bigger than himself, including his wife, Mary’s skill sets and is designed to be a platform for people and organisations to connect, learn, grow and share what it takes to actually thrive. 

Derek is truly passionate about living a healthy and purposeful life. One that has him empowering and transforming people, teams, leaders, organisations and communities to be safe, healthy, high performing and THRIVING!


He comes from a successful career in all Education settings, including TAFE in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia where he was an Industry Project Officer for 5 years, negotiating training requirements, designing and then co-delivering.  In schools his roles have included PE, Health and Outdoor Education Teacher, together with several department Co-ordinator positions. Derek’s background also includes WH&S both as a Health and Safety Officer for Government Departments and delivery of training in all aspects of Risk Management OH&S Compliance and Auditing. He is a trained Return to Work Officer.


His training is comprehensive , apart from his Teaching qualifications, a Diploma of Education Adults and a Certificate IV in Workplace Trainer and Assessor. He completed a Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring after more than 15 years studying human potential, through formal and informal training. This included completing all the Landmark Education training, NLP training with Chris Howard and Tony Robbins. He is a qualified Meditation Teacher, with further training in Eastern philosophies and practices, Mental Health and the more in-depth Suicide Assist First Aid.


This training has included studying the latest in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Leadership and becoming a qualified and experienced Peak Performance/Success, Health and Life Coach. He is an active contributor of 2 Men’s Circles which empower men to be the best versions of themselves, for their self, their families and their communities.

Derek recently delivered a 12 months  3 part Health and Wellbeing program, working with mainly rural men across Country NSW.

Module 1 covered all aspects of igniting Health and Wellbeing.

Module 2 covered Self Awareness of Thinking and Behaviour habits.

Module 3 covered Looking Out For and Supporting Each Other. 


With ever increasing numbers of people suffering from poor mental health, including depression, anxiety, stress, poor sleep, disengagement, then there is the obesity epidemic. Now more than ever, there is a need for his skills and knowledge to make an enormous difference for the health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, teams and organisations.

Why Derek - his lived experience is his unique advantage. An ordinary middle-aged Aussie bloke, who has lived in rural Australia in Qld, Vic and SA. In a car club, craft beer club, golf and former cricket and footy club. Has been divorced and has kids. He was diagnosed and has suffered from depression a few years ago and has family members with several mental health conditions.

Some of the larger organisations Derek has made a difference for include-

Deakin University, Austin Hospital, ABB Australia. Vic Roads, Essential Energy NSW, Turner & Townsend Global WA, R@R Corporate Health


Derek is a Communications, Mental Health and Thrive expert.

His expertise and key interests focus on –

  1. Resilience and Mental Health

  2. Increasing Productivity and Performance- via better health, communication and engagement

  3. Stress Management

  4. Creating Cultural change and Employee Engagement

  5. Health and Safety prevention specialist

  6. Transformational Team building in house and adventure retreat

  7. Transformational Leadership development

  8. Personal and Executive Coaching- Career, Life, Health


Derek is based in both Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula and travels widely. He is available in person, through Skype or Zoom, email and phone.

He loves family time, golf, the beach, rainforests, bushwalking, craft beer and racing his car.

Mary Gornik

Mary is a Business and Personal Performance/Mindset Coach, Allied Health/Disability Mentor, Trainer and Consultant.  She has also successfully combined her qualifications and expertise in Speech Pathology, Allied Health Management, Mentoring and Consultancy in all her roles across the health, education and disability sectors in public, private and not for profit organisations.

Mary’s passion is to empower individuals and teams to be able to live their lives with purpose and passion, both in their personal and professional lives! Her focus is particularly Allied Health professionals, Educators, Managers and Leadership teams.


Mary worked as the Senior Advisor - Education and Early Childhood at Speech Pathology Australia where one of her achievements was developing the Speech Pathology in Schools resource with the support of a national reference group. https://speechpathologyaustralia.cld.bz/Speech-Pathology-in-Schools-2017

Most recently Mary worked as the National Allied Health Manager for a private sector company. She has an extensive working knowledge of the disability sector and the policies and principles underlying the right to ‘choice and control’ and client centred practice. Mary has a Certificate IV in Business and Personal Coaching and is a Communications, Disability and Allied Health expert.

Mary’s expertise and key interests focus on –

  • Business and Personal Mindset Coaching for allied health professionals and leadership teams

  • Allied Health Mentoring, Training, Consultancy and Supervision - includes whole school approach, NDIS and collaborative practice 

Mary is based on the Bellarine Peninsula and is available for face to face, online or onsite consultations by appointment.  


Mary loves spending time with her husband, sons and close friends. She is passionate about a work/life balance and builds regular yoga, walking and cycling into her routine. Her other hobbies include reading, cooking, travel and facilitating women’s circles.

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