A national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia

The Board of Management

MCWH is guided by the leadership of a remarkable board of women from diverse backgrounds. We also answer to a strong membership of women who share our values and goals.

Chairwoman

Dr Tamara Kwarteng

Dr Tamara Kwarteng has been Chairwoman of our Board since February 2018. She brings a wealth of health promotion, education and management expertise.

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Treasurer

Mercedes Colla

Mercedes Colla joined the Board in 2017 and brings over 20 years’ diversified experience in the financial services industry to the role of Treasurer.

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Deputy Chairwoman

Tanja Kovac

Tanja Kovac is a committed feminist advocate with over 20 years’ experience in women-based organising and extensive not-for-profit and advocacy experience.

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Board member

Sandra Lordanic

Sandra Lordanic is the longest serving member of the MCWH Board, joining in 2004 to provide financial management expertise. She has served as both Treasurer and Deputy Chair.

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Board member

Repa Patel

Repa was appointed to the Board in 2005 and served as Chair between 2012-2018. She brings invaluable knowledge in organisational transformation and strategy.

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Board member

Nicole Spratt

Nicole Spratt has served on the Board since 2012 and has a wealth of experience in finance and governance.

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Board member

Li Luo

Li Luo joined the MCWH board in 2014 and brings a wealth of legal expertise to the organisation.

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Board member

Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross comes from a philanthropic background and is passionate about grassroots community and generosity.

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Board member

Penny Underwood

Penny Underwood is the founder of MediaWise, and brings recognised expertise in strategic communication, public relations and advocacy to the Board.

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Board member

Lucia Li

Lucia Li joined the Board in 2018 and brings over 15 years of financial expertise.

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MCWH Staff

Our small but talented staff provides support and training, develops health information resources and undertakes research and advocacy on issues affecting immigrant and refugee women's health and wellbeing.

Executive Director

Dr Adele Murdolo

Adele has proudly led the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as its Executive Director for 17 years. She is committed to increasing migrant and refugee women’s advocacy, research and rights in Australia.

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Operations Manager
Jiembra Sheils

Jiembra Sheils

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

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Health Promotions Manager
Joyce Jiang

Dr Joyce Jiang

Joyce overseas all the organisation’s health education programs and projects across a range of topics. She has international experience as a doctor, manager, researcher and educator.

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Program Development Manager
Regina Quiazon

Regina Quiazon

Regina oversees the organisation’s training, multilingual information and communication divisions. She has many years’ experience in research, advocacy and women’s leadership.

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Health Education Manager
Amira Rahmanovic

Amira Rahmanovic

Amira Rahmanovic manages our multilingual Health Education Program, including a team of 20 casual health educators. She is a gifted educator and public speaker.

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Multilingual Library and Resources Coordinator

Carmela Pitt

Carmela is responsible for maintaining and updating the online and actual multilingual library and resource collection at MCWH. The collection includes information in over 70 languages.

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Making the Links Project Officer

Hope Mathumbu

Hope Mathumbu has a Master’s Degree in International Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She joined MCWH in 2017 as a Health Promotion and Research Project

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Bilingual Health Educator and FARREP Worker (Arabic, Tigre, Tigrigna)
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Medina Idriess

Medina champions women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through the FARREP Program.

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CALD Carers Project Officer

Mi Nguyen

Mi Nguyen coordinates the CALD Carers Project, which raises awareness about the health and wellbeing of people who care for unwell or elderly loved ones from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

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Equality@Work Project Officer

Rosi Aryal Lees

Rosi coordinates Equality@Work, the first workplace prevention program in Australia to address gender inequality and other intersecting forms of inequality which make immigrant and refugee women particularly vulnerable to family

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Gambling Awareness Project Officer

Yue Gao

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

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Communications and Executive Officer

Jasmin Chen

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

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Administration and Finance Officer

Ozana Bozic

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

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MCWH Bilingual Health Educators

Our team of Bilingual Health Educators (BHEs) are highly trained educators and passionate advocates and leaders within their communities.

Health Educator (Somali)
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Health Educator (Punjabi, Hindi)

Gagandeep Kaur Cheema

Gagandeep Kaur Cheema is from Punjab, India. Since completing a Master of

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Health Educator (Dari, Farsi)
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Health Educator (Vietnamese)
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Health Educator (Arabic)
Portrait of Huda
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Health Educator (Italian)
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Health Educator (Greek)
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Health Educator (Hindi, Marathi)
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Health Educator (Croatian)
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Health Educator (Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Chaldean)
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Bilingual Health Educator and FARREP Worker (Arabic, Tigre, Tigrigna)
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Medina Idriess

Medina champions women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through the FARREP Program.

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Health Educator (Vietnamese)
Portrait of Suong
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Health Educator (Tamil)
Portrait of Uma
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Health Educator (Turkish)
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Wafa Ibrahim

Wafa Ibrahim was born in Lebanon. She came to Australia 35 years

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Health Educator (Cantonese, Mandarin)
Portrait of Yanping
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Health Educator (Cantonese, Mandarin)
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Our vision is to be the national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia.