Heartwood is the term used to describe the wood at the centre of a tree. It is the harder, darker, denser and more durable central timber. The primary function of the heartwood is to provide adequate structure and integrity to the tree. Our name reflects our aim - to deliver support and build the inner strength of psychologically injured workers.



Heartwood Recovery Clinical Director

Medical Practitioner

Dr Gregory Peck is a medical practitioner who has worked as a psychiatry CMO in a private mental health unit and now specialises in Workcover management as a Nominated Treating Doctor. He has worked in the areas of Occupational Medicine, Psychiatry and General Practice.  Dr Peck focuses on supporting injured workers to gain ownership of their own recovery and advocates the development of psychosocial skills for long term health.

Dr Peck is uniquely positioned due to his knowledge of the Workcover system. He understands the needs of all the stakeholders in the process and acts fairly and respectfully. He includes the partner/ spouse and emphasises their role in the recovery of the injured worker.

The use of pharmaceutical drugs that impact the brain, their interactions and affects are often an important component
of treatment and Dr Peck is very experienced in this area. Drug prescribing is a collaborative and open approach.
At Heartwood we believe this is essential to patients’ recovery. He has seven years’ experience working with highly respected surgeons to provide expert management of hand/wrist and foot/ankle injuries. 

Creating a sense of balance and mental wellbeing through guitar building, he has developed a home-based workshop and has created both acoustic and electric guitars and enjoys undertaking other woodworking projects with his sons.

Brain Research

Over a 5-year period as an undergraduate, Dr Peck was involved in cutting edge research within the Newcastle based neuroscience lab - the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research. His role key role was mapping the human cerebellum and co-authoring research papers.

The procedure in mapping the cerebellum, or little brain, involved classifying 1mm slices of digital brains from MRI scans as either grey matter, white matter, air or fluid. Two main groups were investigated: •  Schizophrenics  •  Cannabis Users

Data was processed using highly complex logarithms to generate maps of grey matter and white matter between the groups. At the time it was the largest cerebellar mapping project in the world involving many hundreds of hours.
The research generated clearly demonstrated that cannabis use produces an overgrowth of grey matter with poorly developed connections and that schizophrenics have loss of grey matter. 

Research papers co-authored by Dr Peck, in conjunction with the University of Southern California’s LONI Institute,
a recognised world leader in the science of brain mapping.

Cerebellar Grey Matter Deficits In First-Episode Schizophrenia Mapped Using Cortical Pattern Matching

Cerebellar Grey-Matter Deficits, Cannabis Use And First-Episode Schizophrenia In Adolescents And Young Adults 

Japanese Zen Philosophy

Through his many years of training in martial arts and studies in Japanese language and philosophy Dr Peck became fascinated with the idea of Eastern mindful practices as a way of managing stress. He was able to further develop his understanding of the Japanese culture while studying at Hiroshima University.

Dr Peck applied the benefits of zazen (formal meditation) during his four-year tenure as a psychiatry CMO at a mental health unit within a Private Hospital in Newcastle. After choosing to focus on psychologically injured workers the Heartwood Recovery PTSD Program draws together his decades of study into the brain, Japanese philosophy and the benefits of creating psychological wellbeing through a mindful practice in daily life.

•  Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle.

•  Bachelor of Arts, University of New England as a scholarship student at Hiroshima University

    –  Major in Japanese Language/Japanese Philosophy

    –  Minor in Human Anthropology


Heartwood Recovery Program Director

Jane Stacey was director of her own company for over 12 years, designing and delivering innovative workplace training programs. Contracted by the Department of State and Regional Development, Jane launched and managed the Women in Business Mentor Program for 11 years in the Hunter Region and successfully gained state and national funding to deliver the Goal Achievement Program. Jane designed programs and delivered nationally for Aldi, Boeing, Coles and Civica. Jane has a wealth of knowledge in managing, evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of training programs. Combined with highly honed skills in mentoring, workplace coaching and career development including resume writing and job matching.

Jane manages her own mental health through jewellery making including wax carving and metal work plus mindfully creating and maintaining a Japanese garden. Jane contributes to her community as a Landcare coordinator and volunteer Primary Ethics teacher.

•  Diploma:

   –  Training and Development

   –  Business

   –  Management

   –  Human Resources

•  Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors

•  Goal Achievers Program, Dr Stephanie Burn

•  Mastery University, Anthony Robbins

•  The Breakthrough Experience, Dr Demartini

•  Return to Work Coordination Course, SIRA

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