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Dr Nora Amath

Coordinator - Community Action for a Multicultural Society
Research Fellow - Griffith University.
Refugee Settlement National Manager - Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA)

Nora Amath

Dr Nora Amath is an educator, author, human rights advocate, interfaith leader and community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, women’s leadership and empowerment and community development. She is the author of The Phenomenology of Community Activism and her writings have also appeared in several edited volumes and journals. Nora currently works as the CAMS Statewide Coordinator and the Refugee Settlement National Manager for the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) and as an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University.

Nora has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council. She is the founder and/or chair of a number of different organisations focussed on supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including founding a domestic violence shelter. She sits on advisory groups for a number of DV service providers and educates on respectful relationship and DFV to all sectors of the community, including to students from year 8 onwards.

Nora has received many awards for her efforts. In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. In 2007 and again in 2012, she received the Australia Day Community Awards. Nora was recognised as the 2015 Peacewoman of the Year, awarded by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a UN-affiliated organisation. And in 2017 she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Aside from her work in the community, Nora is passionate about her role as mother to three feminist teenagers (two of whom are boys).

Adrian Asdagi

Community Engagement Manager
Carlton Football Club

Adrian Asdagi

Adrian is Community Engagement Manager at the Carlton Football Club. With six years’ experience in the social impact sector, Adrian oversees the Club’s social impact strategy, including ‘Carlton Respects’, the Club’s flagship community program that exists to increase gender equality for the prevention of violence against women. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University and since joining Carlton, his key achievement has been the announcement of one of Carlton’s key strategic priorities for Carlton Respects to be Australia’s most influential gender equality program in sport.  Adrian is excited to lead this on behalf of the Carlton Football Club.

Joanna Brislane

Manager, Practice Leadership
Our Watch 

Joanna Brislane

Jo is a prevention of violence against women practitioner who has worked in Australia and the Pacific over the past 10 years. Jo managed the Solomon Islands program for International Women’s Development Agency before starting work at Our Watch where she has supported respectful relationships education and lead the development of the Workplace Equality and Respect standards and tools.  In Jo’s current role, as a manager in the Practice Leadership team, she oversees a team responsible for work in sports, schools, universities and workplaces and considers how we can integrate quality practice into systems and institutions.

Rita Butera

Chief Executive Officer 
Women’s Health Victoria 


Rita Butera has a welfare and social science background with postgraduate study in organisational change and development. She has worked in the human services industry for over 25 years including positions with Commonwealth, State, Local Government and the non-government sector. Her positions have included social planning in local government, health promotion at VicHealth and Director of Research and Planning at beyondblue. Rita commenced at Women’s Health Victoria in January 2010 leading initiatives ranging from health promotion, advocacy and support for women across a range of issues including sexual and reproductive health, gender equity and prevention of violence against women.

Maree Crabbe

Co-founder and Director 
Reality and Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality

Maree Crabbe is co-founder and Director of the Australian violence prevention project, Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. She is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the broadcast documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography and The Porn Factor. She is also author of In The Picture – a resource to support secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity, pornography, and the prevention of sexually transmissible infections.

Marian Cronin 

Senior Manager, Respect and Responsibility 
Victoria University

Marian Cronin

Marian Cronin has extensive experience in Managing Diversity and building inclusive cultures in a range of complex environments. She is a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, with expertise in strategy development and implementation, complemented by a strong generalist Human Resources background.  Operational responses to managing high-risk areas of discrimination, unlawful workplace practices and organisational cultural change, have been developed and honed during a storied career in a variety of roles.

Marian is passionate about working with Organisational Leaders to create positive, respectful workplace cultures and holds the view that the workplace environment and culture directly influence measures such as engagement, productivity, morale, absenteeism and employee health and wellbeing.  Marian believes that harnessing individual differences to create inclusive environments positively influences the growth and success of any business.

In her current role Marian leads implementation of Victoria University's Respect and Responsibly, Preventing Violence Against Women, Ten Point Plan 2016 - 2019.  In 2018, Marian received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Engagement and the National Best Practice Award Commendation for Engagement from the Association for Tertiary Education Management (organisation) ATEM.

Bianca Evans

Training and Development Team Leader Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability Women with Disabilities Victoria

Bianca Evans

Bianca Evans has worked for Women with Disabilities Victoria as the Training and Development Team Leader for the last three and a half years. In her role, she has used her lived experience of disabilities, and professional training to design, develop and deliver PVAW and gender; and, disability intersectionality training to disability and affiliated organisations. Bianca has a passion for social justice and promoting equal opportunity. She has worked to improve the rights of women, the GLBTIQA+ community and victim/survivors. Previously Bianca has worked privately as a PVAW trainer and consultant and in mental health as a peer worker, advocate, team leader, manager and trainer at a number of different organisation in Victoria. Bianca has a psychology degree from Monash University; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from NMIT; and is currently completing a Masters in Teaching.

Sangwon Lee

PVAW Project Officer
Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Sangwon has a dual degree in law and arts from the University of Queensland. She has previously worked in various program and policy roles with the Commonwealth Government and Victorian State Government. Sangwon joined MCWH in 2018 and is coordinating the Safer and Stronger Communities project—a primary prevention project with multicultural organisations working alongside migrant and refugee communities across Victoria to test what works to prevent family violence. Sangwon is passionate about empowering migrant and refugee communities to design and lead family violence prevention initiatives.

Karen Field 

Chief Executive Officer
Drummond Street Services

Karen Field

As CEO of drummond street services, Karen Field brings her passion for family focused public policy research and advice into a multidisciplinary centre for evidence-based family practice and research.
With over 30 years’ experience Karen’s legacy extends across the public health spectrum, including primary and mental health welfare, tertiary education, employment, and justice. She has worked in governmental Senior Policy roles, and community-based organisations including Beyondblue and the Centre for Adolescent Health.
In addition to trail blazing service delivery for LGBTIQ+, culturally diverse and intersecting families, Karen also sits on the Board of Directors of Moneymob, indigenous financial literacy programme, is the National Chief Executive of Stepfamilies Australia and actively contributes to a number of advisory bodies across the community services sector.

Alyssha Fooks

Program Leader, Education Training and Development  
CASA House 

alyssha fooks

Alyssha Fooks is the Program Leader Education Training and Development at CASA House.  She has over 15 years of experience in the health and community sector working with individuals and communities, she has been involved in numerous research and community projects.   With a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters in Narrative Therapy, Alyssha’s career focus has been preventing and responding to violence and harm, including work to challenge racism and health inequalities.  At CASA House Alyssha manages the sexual assault prevention programs and also delivers a wide range of education and training on responding to disclosures of sexual assault.  She has provided training, secondary consultation and group supervision to a diverse range professionals on working with people and communities impacted by sexual assault.

Emma Fulu

Founder and Executive Director
The Equality Institute, Australia


Emma Fulu is the founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute, a global feminist and creatives agency dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and girls. She is also the co-founder of Voice, a non-profit organization that works to amplify women and girls’ voices in crisis response. Previously, Emma was based in South Africa managing the £25 million global program What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls.

Before that she worked at the United Nations and led the ground-breaking United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence, the findings of which have been featured widely in international media, including on BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Emma is a representative on the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council on Women's Equality, a member of the Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council at George Washington University, and a member of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, has published widely in academic journals including The Lancet, is the author Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives, and also blogs for the Huffington Post UK.

Renee Imbesi

Principal Program Officer Mental Wellbeing


Renee Imbesi has worked in the area of mental wellbeing for over 15 years with a focus on prevention of violence against women through research and programming to address gender inequities.

Renee has led major initiatives in gender equality and preventing violence against women in the areas of shifting community attitudes, improving knowledge translation and communications, and strengthening research and evaluation. At VicHealth she also leads the design and delivery of mental wellbeing programs for young people.

Renee has presented and published in the areas of respectful relationships education, cultural change and organisational development. She supports the activity of a range of state and national bodies in the area of research, policy and practice development.

Tess Karambellas

Co-Facilitator and Training Delivery Officer, Worksforce Development Program on Gender and Disability - Women with Disabilities Victoria

Tess Karambelas

Tess is a young social worker who has worked for Women with Disabilities Victoria for the past 6 months as the Co-facilitator and Training and Delivery Officer the Workforce and development Team on Gender and Disability. Tess has a lived experience of Cerebral Palsy which she uses to inform her training to deliver PVAW gender and disability intersectionality training to disability and social service organisations. Tess’ PVAW knowledge is continually growing and her passion for social justice, human rights and gender and disability equity complements her work.

Prof Amanda Keddie

Chair in Education
Deakin University

Amanda Keddie

Amanda Keddie is a Professor of Education at Deakin University. She leads the program: Children, Young People and their Communities within the REDI (Research for Educational Impact) Centre. Her research interests and publications are in the broad field of social justice and schooling. She began her career as a primary school teacher in 1998 while studying for her PhD in Education at Deakin University. After being awarded her doctorate in 2002, she worked in various lecturing roles in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland before taking up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland in 2005. Since 2005, she has pursued a research-intensive trajectory with Research Fellowships at Roehampton University (London), Griffith University (Brisbane) and The University of Queensland (Brisbane). She has recently completed an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, which involved a cross-cultural analysis of socially just schooling in Australia and the UK.

Rashmi Kumar

Senior Policy Advisor - Intersectionality
Our Watch 

Rashmi has worked for several years in advocacy and policy development to promote equity and eliminate inequality in the areas of family violence response, disability, ageing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice, and gender equality. Rashmi is passionate about social justice, and has contributed to a range of community campaigns and initiatives. She is the Co-Director of Policy with Democracy in Colour and is a Campaign Fellow with the Centre for Australian Progress. Rashmi has a Master of Development Studies and Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from Sydney University.

Emily Lee-Ack

Chief Executive Officer
Office for Women, Department of Health and Human Services


Emily Lee-Ack is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Government’s Office for Women, where she leads state-wide work on gender equality and the prevention of family violence. A resident of Victoria’s southwest, she is the Chair of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership, advising government on issues of importance to the region’s community.

Emily was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West (WHWBSW) for six years. The organisation is a leader in the prevention of violence against women, increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services, and advancing gender equity for improved health outcomes. As CEO, Emily oversaw the early establishment and expansion of the organisation from a single-room operation, to a multi-site not-for-profit with a staff of eleven. 

Emily is a former Deputy Convenor of the Women’s Health Association and former Board member of the Australian Women’s Health Network. Before returning to the south west in 2006, Emily’s substantive career was as the National Coordinator of EMILY’s List Australia, an organisation dedicated to supporting the campaigns of progressive Labor women to be elected to Parliament. Working closely with women across Australia, she oversaw fundraising, election campaign support and public policy campaigning, and supported the development of mentoring programs for current and aspiring women politicians. 

Emily is passionate about improving systems to prevent violence against women and support victim/survivors. She has been an active campaigner for women’s rights throughout her career, including advocacy for access to safe sexual reproductive health services, particularly for rural and regional women.

Wendy Lobwein 

Senior Manager - Prevention of Violence Against Women Program
AMES Australia

Wendy Lobwein

Wendy Lobwein’s experience includes 23 years internationally, leading the development of services to victims and witnesses as Deputy Chief of the Victims and Witnesses Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Netherlands (1995-2008), as Chief of the Witness and Expert Support Unit for the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia (2008-2016), and as adviser to emerging judicial entities and NGO’s all around the world on sexual and gender-based violence.   Wendy has had a focus on violence against women throughout her career, prior to her international work she was a founding member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) and a Counsellor/Advocate in Victorian Centres against Sexual Assault (CASA House). Wendy is currently based in Melbourne leading the innovative AMES Australia Prevention of Violence against Women in culturally and linguistically diverse communities program. 

Emily Maguire

Chief Executive Officer 
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria 


Emily has been a leader in the violence against women sector for more than decade. She has lent her guidance, analysis and voice to the Family Violence Royal Commission, public forums on violence against women and spent years volunteering as an overnight support worker at a women’s refuge. 

Her experience includes designing and leading the implementation of programs, initiatives and campaigns with national and Victorian organisations, and holding policy focused roles within the Department of Education and the Office of Women’s Policy. 

Prior to leading DVRCV, Emily worked at Our Watch where she was involved in writing the National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children. She also designed and led Our Watch’s innovative new Respectful Relationships Education in Schools project being established across over 20 schools in Victoria, and managed a range of other violence prevention initiatives targeting workplaces and capital city local governments. 

In 2014, Emily led the development of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national workplace sexual harassment campaign, Know Where the Line Is, and has also previously worked at VicHealth where she managed a range of initiatives including the Creating Healthy Workplaces: Y Respect Gender project and VicHealth’s innovative workplace focused Bystander Intervention Pilot Project. 

Emily was one of the leaders of the Prevention of Gender- Based Violence Demonstration Project at CASA House, and has previously worked at DVRCV developing a range of resources for young people, including Sex, Love and Other Stuff, an award winning respectful relationships resource for young men. 

Emily has worked within the Office of Women’s Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services and has held a range of positions with the Department of Education and Training, which included a focus on the development of state wide student wellbeing and sexual assault response policies, as well as bush fire psychosocial response and recovery work to support school staff after the Black Saturday bush fires. 

Emily is a Board Director at Respect Victoria, at the Queen Elizabeth Centre and a member of the Family Violence Steering Committee.

Gerard Mansour

Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services

Gerard Mansour

Gerard Mansour is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people, with over 30 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sectors. As Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Mr Mansour provides advice to the Victorian Government on issues relevant to senior Victorians, such as the ability to live healthy, dignified and productive lives, and social engagement and empowerment.

Mr Mansour’s role as Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention is focussed on giving older victims of family violence a voice and raising community awareness of elder abuse so older people, their carers and family members are aware of the rights of senior Victorians and how to seek help. He led the development of the booklet Your voice––Trust your choice – Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney. Mr Mansour advises government on potential improvements to pathways available to older people dealing with abusive situations, including access to justice and is a member of the Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group

Claire Marshall 

Principal Advisor - Independent Review
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission 


Claire is a public sector leader, lawyer and advocate for equality. She has extensive experience in public sector change management and reform, systemic and primary prevention responses to violence against women, human rights, systemic research and monitoring and evaluation. Claire currently works as Principal Advisor on the Independent Review for Victoria Police, managing a multi-disciplinary team to deliver publically-facing research, reporting and advice toward creating a state of gender inequality in the Victorian police form. She has recently worked as a senior lawyer at the Commission and in senior advisory roles on responses to the Harper Review into the post-sentence scheme, human rights and discrimination in the Victorian prison system as well as a solicitor in prosecutions and civil litigation.  She was an inaugural fellow in the University of Melbourne Pathway to Politics Program, holds a Juris Doctor and a full scholarship BA, and is shortly commencing a masters in behavioural economics. Claire is also involved in work to use artificial intelligence to increase access to justice for disadvantaged Australians, and has worked on emerging technology to improve triaging and case management in the community legal sector.

Dr Gillian McIllwain

Gender Equality Co-ordinator
Gippsland Women's Health 

Gillian McILwain is the Gippsland for Gender Equality Co-ordinator at Gippsland Women's Health -a role that specifically focuses on the Prevention of Violence Against Women. Over the past few years, the Australian federal and state governments have focussed more strongly on the terrible toll of Family Violence. In Victoria this took the form of the Coronial Inquiry into Luke Batty’s death and the Royal Commission into Family Violence. As a consequence rural and remote regions such as Gippsland are receiving financial and human resourcing to work effectively in responding to, and preventing violence against women and children. Prevention, particularly primary prevention concentrates on gender equity and equality - one of the proven key causes of Family Violence - it is Gillian’s role to lead and co-ordinate this work across Gippsland – from all locations from Warragul, Baw Baw and the Bass Coast through to and including East Gippsland, the High country and through to the border at Mallacoota.

Gillian holds graduate honours qualifications in Forensic Psychology and Education, and a doctorate in Criminology. She was born and raised in the Stratford and Sale area, but has spent a considerable number of years working internationally and interstate. Gillian has held a range of positions over that time including Director of Sth East Qld Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATODS); Senior Research Fellow - Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (University of Qld); Senior Research Fellow - Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission; Manager of the Emergency Medicine Research Support Network (Qld); Snr Clinical Psychologist and Manager – Qld Corrections and in Victoria, with GEO group and more recently, upon her return to Victoria as Research Director at Good Shepherd Microfinance.

Cosima McRae

Senior Policy and Research Officer - Independent Review
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission 

Cosi McRae is a law and policy professional who has led research into organisational change, gender equality and access to justice in both academia and the public sector. Cosi has expertise in monitoring and evaluation in the areas of gender equality and LGBTIQ rights in the workplace, Indigenous sovereignty, competition and consumer law and regulation of predatory financial practices. She has lectured in access to justice at Melbourne Law School's Public Interest Law Initiative and was Senior Research Fellow on several Australian Research Council Research Projects at the University of Melbourne. Cosi is currently Senior Policy Officer on the Independent Review into Victoria Police at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Kellie Nagle 

Preventing Violence Against Women Policy Advisor 
Municipal Association of Victoria

Kellie Nagle

Kellie Nagle has a background in community development, primarily working in the public housing and homelessness sectors. She has worked in the local government and preventing violence against women space for the past thirteen years, and has been working with councils in a state-wide context since 2009. Kellie is currently undertaking the role of Policy Advisor Preventing Violence Against Women at the Municipal Association of Victoria (the MAV), the peak body for local government in Victoria, where she represents local government on a number of state-wide taskforces and committees to support the implementation of the Family Violence Royal Commission’s 227 recommendations. Over recent years Kellie has witnessed a groundswell of engagement and commitment from councils to lead by example and work with their communities to prevent violence against women and promote gender equity.

Meriki Onus 

Advocacy Officer

meriki onus

Meriki Onus is a Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman who grew in Gippsland. Meriki has worked at Djirra for over 7 years in various different roles from paralegal to community engagement, and now is a policy and advocacy advisor. She also has significant experience and leadership roles in advocacy and campaigning in community on a grassroots level. All of the work Meriki does is centred around ending violence against Aboriginal women. 

Dr Elizabeth Orr 

Senior Research Officer, Project Lead, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research 
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

Liz Orr

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Orr is a committed feminist and Indigenous ally with a substantial background in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls and action research.  Liz has a strong commitment to improving prevention strategies and service responses for women affected by all forms of violence, inequality and exclusion (e.g. racism, poverty).  This is demonstrated by positions as the Evaluation Manager at the Secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and as a Senior Project officer with the Stronger Families Learning Exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). 

Her significant experience as a service provider and researcher includes: contributing to the development of feminist service models against sexual assault at West CASA and CASA House in Melbourne; leading a multi-cultural Family Violence Outreach Team at Women’s Health West in Melbourne; leading a social work and Aboriginal liaison team in Alice Springs; contributing a Masters thesis about the 'Development of Services Against Sexual Violence in Victoria 1970-1990' and a Lowitja Institute sponsored PhD thesis 'Stories of Good Practice from Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Social Workers in hospitals in Victoria', which was awarded the Nancy Millis medal (her thesis was in the top 10%).

With over 30 years experience she has contributed to family violence practice and strategies in the health, housing, and community service sectors in the Northern Territory, Victoria, and nationally.  She currently leads Australia’s National Research Organisation for Womens Safety (ANROWS) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects using Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative working nationally with 18 CALD projects leading prevention and 8 projects creating safer pathways for CALD women (look out for digital stories developed by these projects on the ANROWS website in late July 2019). 

 Charlotte Pickering 

Project Lead - Respectful Relationships
Department of Education and Training

charlotte pickering

Charlotte is a Project Lead for Respectful Relationships working within Department of Education and Training. Charlotte has ten years’ experience in the health and community sector working in Australia and the Pacific. With a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, Charlotte’s career focus has been in the prevention of violence against women through gender equity initiatives, and the delivery of respectful relationships and sexuality education.

As the Project Lead, Charlotte works with Independent, Catholic and government schools in Hume Moreland to embed a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. Respectful Relationships is a world leading initiative supporting schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.

Associate Professor Anastasia Powell

Criminology & Justice Studies
RMIT University

Anastasia Powell

Anastasia Powell is Associate Professor in Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). Her research examines the intersections of violence, gender, justice and digital culture. Anastasia has published widely in these fields, including numerous articles and books: 'Digital Criminology' (2018, Routledge), 'Sexual Violence in a Digital Age' (2017, Palgrave), 'Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy' (2012, Australian Scholarly Publishing), and 'Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules' (2010, Cambridge University Press). Most recently, Anastasia's research has focused on technology facilitated forms of violence including image-based sexual abuse (known colloquially as 'revenge pornography'). Anastasia has also contributed to policy-relevant research for government and non-government agencies through her recent roles on the board of Our Watch, and as a researcher on the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women project (with ANROWS).

Dr Georgina Sutherland

Senior Advisor, Research and Evaluation
Respect Victoria

Dr Georgina Sutherland is Senior Adviser, Research and Evaluation at Respect Victoria - Victoria’s statutory agency dedicated to the primary prevention of family violence and violence against women. Prior to this appointment, Georgina has held several research, evaluation and policy focused positions; mostly recently as Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Georgina has a background in social epidemiology with extensive experience across a broad range of content areas including disability, women and children’s health, public health law, mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention and violence against women.

Brigitte Walker

Project Lead - Respectful Relationships
Department of Education and Training

brigitte walker

Brigitte Walker works for the Victorian Department of Education as a Project Lead for Respectful Relationships. She currently liaises with 91 schools in the north east Melbourne corridor supporting them to introduce a whole of school approach to gender equity. With 18 years of experience as a Social Worker Brigitte has worked in the both the housing and drug and alcohol sectors where the impact of family violence wad profound. Brigitte, however, is a pathological optimist who believes that education is our greatest hope for change and has worked in the education sector with some of the most disadvantaged communities for the last 8 years. Embedding Respectful Relationships in our schools has been challenging and tricky at times, but a deeply rewarding experience.

Laura Wood

Senior Research Advisor: Project Management 
Respect Victoria

Laura is passionate about the primary prevention of men’s violence against women and family violence and has worked in the sector for over 6 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Masters in International Development (Gender) and is currently studying a Masters in Evaluation.  She has worked in prevention of men’s violence against women policy and programming in Victorian local governments, the Office for Women in the Victorian Government, and completed internships with Oxfam International’s Gender Justice Team whilst living in Colombia, the United Nations Development Programme in Suriname and in 2016, participated in an Australian youth delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.  Laura has also volunteered in Nepal, South Korea, the Maldives and Cambodia.

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