Adele is a committed advocate and researcher for immigrant and refugee women’s rights and wellbeing and she has led the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as the Executive Director for 17 years. Adele is from an Italian migrant background. She has a PhD in history and women’s studies, specialising in immigrant and refugee women’s feminist activism and thinking in Australia. She has published in the areas of women’s health, violence against women and feminist history, adopting an intersectional framework. Recent publications and research projects can be found here.
Adele is passionate about building the status of immigrant and refugee women by translating theory and research into practice and policy. She provides evidence-based advice to government and partner organisations and is a member of key national and Victorian committees including the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) Practitioner Engagement Group, the Victorian Government Ministerial Taskforce on the Prevention of Family Violence and Other Forms of Violence Against Women, and the Royal Women’s Hospital Board Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee.
Phone: 03 9418 0923
Regina has a PhD in cultural studies and has over 15 years’ experience working in the area of gender and diversity as a project manager, researcher and educator. She has significant expertise in the theory and practice of intersectionality, particularly as it relates to violence prevention and sexual and reproductive health. Regina is a co-investigator on the ASPIRE Project, which analyses community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia. Recent publications include a White Ribbon Research Series paper on the engagement of immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention and the ‘Bringing the Margins to the Centre’ paper, a commissioned intersectionality think piece for ‘Change the Story’, the national framework to prevent violence against women and children.
Phone: 03 9418 0912
Jasmin Chen approaches immigrant and refugee women’s health from her background in cultural studies and critical theory with a focus on the communication of ideas and meaning. Her current research interest is in the area of immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence, as a co-investigator on the participatory ASPIRE research project. Jasmin is committed to sharing information and encouraging conversations across diverse audiences, mediums and formats, which has drawn her to initiatives like the Culturally Responsive Palliative Care Community Education training she co-developed for Palliative Care Victoria; the National Education Toolkit for FGM/C Awareness (NETFA) and writing for MCWH publications, online material and resources. Jasmin likes to organise other people’s lives instead of her own so enthusiastically provides support to the MCWH Board and the Executive Director as well as performing both solicited and unsolicited editing and proofreading services. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies, and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary).
Phone: 03 9418 0916
Joyce has a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), a Master of Public Health (MPH), and PhD in family and work studies. She has over 15 years' experience across diverse fields including medicine, business and the tertiary sector, having worked internationally as a registered practitioner, manager, researcher and educator. Since joining MCWH in 2013, Joyce has been overseeing health education programs and health promotion projects that address a range issues and concerns, such as ageing population, intergenerational relationships, informal caregiving and working caregiver, problem gambling, misuse of alcohol and drug and mental health. Her areas of interest include population health, health and gender inequality and public health policy.
Phone: 03 9418 0920
Amira Rahmanovic has a teaching degree from the University of Philosophy Sarajevo, majoring in Yugoslav Literature and Serbo-Croatian language. She was a passionate and unconventional teacher for over 15 years, before migrating to Australia, where she transferred her talents to adult education and training. Amira began working at MCWH in 2001, and since 2008, she has managed the Health Education Program with the same unfailing energy, enthusiasm and charisma. She is an inspiring advocate for social justice, and is passionate about empowering women whatever their circumstances and background.
Phone: 03 9418 0918
Maria is responsible for the training needs of the organisation’s Bilingual Health Educators, as well as the development and delivery of the nationally accredited Bilingual Health Education Program. She has developed modules and delivered training in the area of cultural literacy, gender equity, intersectionality, and facilitation and communication. Since joining MCWH, she has also worked on different projects including the Common Threads Sexual and Reproductive Health Project and Culturally Responsive Palliative Care Community Education Project. Maria has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies, and a Master of International Development. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Cultural and Gender Studies, which explores intergenerational trauma and affectivity of historical violence among Cambodian-Australian women.
Phone: 03 9418 0915
Medina has a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Victoria University and has been a Bilingual Health Educator at MCWH since 1999. Medina also offers health education sessions and telephone health information to women from FGM/C affected communities in her role as a Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP) worker for both MCWH and at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. She also assists communities to strength their knowledge about the harmful health impacts of FGM/C on the reproductive and sexual health of women and girls, in an effort to prevent its occurrence. Medina provides referral capacity building and support to women and their families as well as advice and consultation to service providers on reproductive and sexual health issues, with a particular focus on FGM/C and its cultural context. Empowering women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing has always been her goal and in her homeland, Eritrea, she was a teacher who often found herself in both leadership and support roles in her community. Her focus now is supporting newly-arrived women whose issues include accessing relevant health services and information.
Phone: 03 9418 0913
Monique is the Project Officer for the Our Voices, Changing Cultures Project currently being run at MCWH. She also tutors at the University of Melbourne in the Australian Indigenous Studies Department as well as co-coordinating the Undercurrent Community Education Project, a volunteer-run organisation that conducts workshops around consent and healthy relationships throughout high schools in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. She is passionate about queer histories, prison abolition, transformative justice, and critical race studies.
Phone: 03 9418 0922
Jiembra has a Bachelor of Business (Monash Uni) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant, with an interest in social justice and women's issues. She joined MCWH as Operations Manager in 2013 having many years' experience working in not-for-profit organisations including Oxfam, Women's Housing Ltd, CMY and CERES. Jiembra adores skiing and football (and her kids).
Phone: 03 9418 0926
Ozana is finalising the last year of a Bachelor of Business course and has over 18 years of experience working in administrative and finance roles. Since joining MCWH she has supported programs, projects and events run by the organisation. Her personal experience of migration has broaden her understanding of different cultures and people. She is interested in migration and settlement issues and their impact on health.
Phone: 03 9418 0925
Carmela Pitt is passionate about the right of all women to have equal access to information which can support them in making informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing. She has a Diploma of Library and Information and has over 15 years of experience in resource management and development, having joined MCWH in 1996. Carmela is excited at the ongoing development of technology as this has created an amazing realm in library and information as it has extended the reach of knowledge for women all over the world.
As the Multilingual Library and Resource Coordinator, Carmela is dedicated to the ongoing development and maintenance of the multilingual library and resource collection at MCWH, both physical and online. The multilingual library and resources supports the MCWH programs and projects, researchers (internal and external), women and services from all over Australia. In her role she also supports other organisations to develop their resources to include inlanguage resources so migrant and refugee women who access their services can have access to information and support in their own language.
Phone: 03 9418 0910
Matylda Buczko is the Communications Officer for MCWH, looking after the organisation's websites, social media and communications. She has a Bachelor of Journalism, a Grad. Dip in Media and Communications and is currently studying fourth year Honours in Psychology. With a Communications background in not-for-profit organisations she has written many articles about women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and has served as Secretariat for the International Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consortium. Matylda is passionate about women’s rights issues and believes education and the empowerment of women and girls can bring change to some of the most pressing global issues we face today.
Phone: 03 9418 0924
Mi Nguyen has a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in International Studies and Human Rights Theory, a Diploma in Languages (French). She is currently studying a Master in Development Studies with a gender specialisation, and volunteers as an advocate for women who have been trafficked for sexual purposes. Her main interests focus on migration and gender, women's rights, and identity and belonging.
Phone: 03 9418 0999
Rosi coordinates ‘Dealing with it myself’, a project to support unpaid family carers from Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian and Indian backgrounds. She is committed to collecting carers’ stories and creating community education sessions and multilingual resources which honour the lived experiences of the carers involved in the project. Rosi has conducted extensive consultations with stakeholders supporting immigrant and refugee carers, and has worked closely with MCWH’s bilingual health educators to facilitate in-depth interviews and focus groups with carers. She has also analysed the structural barriers preventing immigrant and refugee carers from accessing services, and has presented her findings at national conferences and co-design forums for national health-sector reforms. Rosi has tertiary qualifications in cultural anthropology, human geography and development sociology.
Phone: 03 9418 0919
Zubaidah is currently coordinating two projects: The National Education Toolkit for FGM/C Awareness (NETFA) and Catching Up. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and is currently in the process of completing her PhD in English Literature and Gender Studies. Zubaidah has volunteered for various organisations from working with refugee women to observing the migration of humpback whales in the Kimberleys. Her interest centres around understanding the workings of gendered ideologies in language, women’s rights, social justice and ways of minimising her environmental footprint.
Phone: 03 9418 0921
Yue coordinates MCWH’s “Gambling Awareness Project (GAP)”. She obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Journalism in China and PhD in International Studies in Australia. Her interest is in exploring how the structural inequality has shaped the social discourses on responsible self and influence people’s, especially women’s, perceptions towards their bodies and sexualities, healthy choices and activities. As a newly arrived migrant to Australia, she is passionate about understanding how people’s migration and transnational experience might shape their health behaviours and hopes to improve the immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing through her community work and research.
Phone: 03 9418 0917