Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine
CEO, Health Justice Australia
Tessa was born and grew up on unceded Gadigal land (Sydney), where she lives again after four years living in England, China and India.
She is the founding CEO of Health Justice Australia. Originally a criminologist, she has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and was the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nonprofit Leadership. Tessa’s PhD looked at the detention and release of mentally disordered offenders.
Chair, Health Justice Australia, and Managing Director, Folk
Michael Broadhead is Managing Director of strategic design consultancy Folk. With a background in human-centred design and digital strategy, Michael has deep experience working with organisations in health, education, social services and justice.
Michael’s work in user research and service design often centres around issues of navigability, where people in need struggle to access information and services. Where the solutions may seem obvious, but not easy, and the barriers to change are relegated to the category of system level problems.
He is a trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a non-executive Director of MTC Australia, a social enterprise providing training, education and employment services.
Practice Development Lead, Health Justice Australia
Cathy is a trained speech pathologist and has worked at the intersection of health, disability and justice for 25 years.
She has experience in establishing and working on multiple national and state based projects and teams, to train health and community services practitioners about various topics including – acquired brain injury, the NDIS, specialist disability housing, and how to work in a person-led approach.
Cathy supports the work of health justice practitioners across the country through the convening of the National HJP Practitioner Network for Health Justice Australia.
Legal Indigenous Outreach Worker, Danila Dilba Health Service
Tracey was born in Darwin on Larrakia Land, with family from Brunette Downs and Alexandria station on the Barkly Tablelands. Her family clan is Wombaya.
After working at the North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS) as a Client Support Officer and then Legal Secretary, she was employed as the Legal Indigenous Outreach Worker at Danila Dilba Health Service to work in the Health Justice Program in 2021. She has worked in both the legal and health sectors in the Darwin and Katherine regions at Indigenous organisations such as Sunrise Health Service, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS).
Manager Service Design and Innovation, Children and Families, Life Without Barriers
Jessica Cocks is a social worker and researcher. She is the national manager for research and innovation in the Stride Team at Life Without Barriers. Stride partners internally and externally to deliver evidence informed programs and to design new ways of working with children and families based on the best evidence. Jessica has been a national leader in the development and promotion of peer parent and family advocacy in child protection and has written and spoken regularly about it. In 2014 she helped to found a parent and ally co-led organisation in Newcastle: Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter (FISH).
In 2019–2021, Jessica and Stride partnered with FISH and the University of Newcastle to co-design the pilot Parent Peer Support Project in collaboration with the Newcastle Children’s Court and other stakeholders and she has conducted research into the experiences of parent peer advocates in the pilot project. In 2018 she completed a Churchill Fellowship researching family inclusion initiatives in child welfare, including peer parent and family advocacy, in the USA, Canada, Norway, and the UK.
Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Legal Aid and Chair National Legal Aid
Louise has extensive experience across the justice, social services and government sectors. she is the Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Legal Aid and the Chair of National Legal Aid. She also Chairs the Western Metropolitan Partnership and the Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel, as well as holding an Adjunct Professor role at Victoria University.
Prior to these appointments, Louise was the Chairperson of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and she spent three years as Deputy CEO at the National Disability Insurance Agency implementing the NDIS.
VicHealth CEO, MBBS MPH PhD
Dr Sandro Demaio is the CEO of VicHealth, a medical doctor and a globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based global platform for food systems transformation, Dr Demaio has also held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases, and has held fellowships at Harvard Medical School, Copenhagen School of Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Melbourne. To date, he has published more than 40 scientific papers, including coordinating the 2019 Lancet series on nutrition.
The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP was appointed Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 June 2022. Mark is a passionate defender of the rule of law, freedom of the press and the need for a powerful and independent national anti-corruption commission. Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable economy and environment for future generations.
Mark was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007. From 2010 to 2013 Mark served in a number of Ministerial roles including Cabinet Secretary and Attorney-General.
Prior to entering Parliament Mark was a Melbourne barrister and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. He appeared for and advised Federal, State and local governments and appeared in a number of landmark cases in the High Court, including the Stolen Generations Case.
Ms Rachel Harris
First Nations Strategy & Impact Lead, NEAMI National
Rachel Harris is a proud Boorooberongal woman with strong connection to the Dharug nation. Over her professional career, Rachel has worked for various multi-nationals both in Australia and in the Middle East. Currently working as the National, First Nations Strategy & Impact Lead for Neami National, her work has centred around the social justice realm of equity and opportunity for Indigenous communities.
Associate Director – Health Justice Partnerships, Caxton Legal Centre
Tilé coordinates the Seniors Legal and Support Service health justice partnerships with Metro South Health and Metro North Health, and also the Multicultural Advocacy and Legal Service with World Wellness Group. Tilé has been a lawyer for a decade, dedicating his career to those going through family conflict, including family violence and elder abuse. He is also a podcaster and sits on various boards including the Pasifika Lawyers Association of Queensland.
Research Director, Health Justice Australia
Suzie was an early contributor to Health Justice Australia’s approach to evaluation and leads our work to identify the impact of health justice partnership in improving health and wellbeing.
Her evaluation expertise is well known across the community legal sector in Australia and overseas, and she is an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Honorary Professor in the University College London Faculty of Laws.
Lived experience representative
Chris is a member of Inner Melbourne Community Legal’s consumer advisory group and IMHA’s Speaking From Experience Group at Vic Legal Aid. He also serves on various committees and is a Better Health Network consumer representative, including a term as a board member.
Director, Raising Children Network
Derek is a knowledge translation specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in communicating science. At the Raising Children Network, Derek leads a highly skilled team in the knowledge translation and online delivery of evidence-informed resources supporting parents and carers around the healthy development of children. He also leads Raising Children Network’s collaborations with the Australian and state governments, non-government organisations, businesses and community organisations.
Derek’s background is in science communication (M.Sc.), digital media and web development. He holds an appointment of Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and has more than 15 years’ experience working with the Parenting Research Centre in consultation, strategy development and managing the development of digital resources for a wide range of stakeholders.
Lived experience representative
Michael is passionate about change in the criminal justice system. In particular, he wants to influence how prisoners are treated as they move through the justice system.
Michael is an active member of Voices for Change.
Michael is confident, friendly, understanding, empathetic and reliable. He is willing to take up any role or consultancy that is relevant to his passions about change in the criminal justice system. He is committed to giving back to the community and is a loyal friend and family man.
Dr Domenique Meyrick
Director of Development, Financial Counselling Australia
Dr Domenique Meyrick joined Financial Counselling Australia in 2017. In her role as the Director of Development, she contributes to increasing the capacity and capability of the financial counselling sector. Along with her colleagues at FCA, she works towards changing systems to get better outcomes for people experiencing vulnerability, particularly those affected by Domestic and Family Violence. She is also the Director of FCA’s national conference.
Domenique brings together an academic background in philosophy and creative arts with a deep commitment to social justice.
Director, Policy and Outreach, Victorian Legal Services Board and Commission
Kerri-anne has 25 years’ experience in the public service. A lawyer who has specialises in public policy, Kerri-anne’s passion for engagement and collaboration has driven policy and legislative reform for a diverse range of Victorian regulators, including EPA Victoria, Earth Resources, Consumer Affairs Victoria and Biosecurity Victoria. Kerri-anne was appointed as Director Policy and Outreach in 2018 where she manages teams delivering policy and regulatory strategy, communications and engagement, funding programs and partnerships, lawyer wellbeing, quality assurance, and monitoring and evaluation.
Research Coordinator, Neami National
Sarah (she/her) is a mental health researcher who spends her time supporting consumer feedback processes and co-ordinating a range of research and evaluation projects. Sarah is interested in using data to understand both the individual experience of people using services and the social determinants that influence individuals, services, and broader systems. Research areas include AOD, health promotion, program evaluation, digital health practice, and access to legal help.
Sarah has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and has built skills in participatory research processes through her studies in public health and her time working in a team committed to prioritising the expertise of people with a lived and living experience of mental health challenges. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Public Health specialising in Health Program Evaluation.
Chief Vision Officer, Genyus Network
Caleb, a resilient stroke survivor, speaker, and Chief Vision Officer at Genyus Network, is a beacon of triumph over adversity.
With degrees from prestigious the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Victorian College of the Arts Film School, his narrative is a fusion of artistry and advocacy. Featured on ABC News and Cambridge University Press, Caleb’s advocacy for people with invisible disabilities echoes globally.
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria
She is a Yorta Yorta and Indian woman, born and living on the land of the Kulin Nations. Meena started her legal career with Victoria Legal Aid, where she practised in human rights and criminal law, and was also their inaugural Associate Director, Aboriginal Services. She has led legal services and programs at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Human Rights Law Centre, as well as consulting in training and organisational development across many organisations. She has a passion for centering the voices of people with lived experience and service design that promotes inclusion, connection and ultimately achieve social justice and equitable outcomes.
Adaptive leadership expert and consultant
Liz has 35 years’ experience in developing leadership for a better world with cross sector leaders globally working on systems change. Liz brings a unique combination of deep leadership development practice in: adaptive and systemic leadership; power intelligence; racial equity; combined with practical leadership experience establishing and leading innovative not for profits in Australia and Scotland.
As Director and co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI) Liz established CFI, integrating world class leadership practice into the practice of hundreds of cross sector leaders in place and issue-based systems change; she also co-led Deep Collaboration, working with First Nations leaders and other Australians on collaboration for racial equity. Informed by eight years as Principal Consultant with Social Leadership Australia, The Benevolent Society.
Partnerships Director, Health Justice Australia
Director of Legal Practice, Inner Melbourne Community Legal
Molly is the Director of Legal Practice at Inner Melbourne Community Legal. She has more than a decade of experience as a community lawyer, practising in criminal law, family violence, tenancy and victims of crime assistance. She has worked across IMCL’s three hospital based HJP’s in establishment, service delivery and management.
Project Lead, Health Justice Partnerships, First Step Legal
Principal Social Innovator: Social Health, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
Before joining TACSI, Carla worked in the NFP and employment services sector dedicated to helping and supporting people achieve and sustain, both personal and career goals.
With a particularly strong focus on young people, the socially isolated and individuals with extremely complex life challenges, she believes that a combination of creative ideas and relationship building supports people in striving to create their own positive futures.
Carla approaches her work with a practice-based background of case work, coaching, collaboration, management, partnership building, project development, as well as strategic planning and delivery.
She brings an ever evolving social practice approach in order to be of service to the social innovation work of TACSI partners and friends. Carla’s philosophical approach is that by creating the right environment all individuals and organisations can participate and partner in new and improved ways to improve our social lives.
Senior Social Innovator, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
With a background in design and anthropology, lauren explores how human experience can be translated into design, and how to support people with lived experience to be co-leading the design process .
Reflective, trauma-responsive, qualitative anthropological thinking bound with an action-driven design mindset helps lauren to navigate complex problems and ambiguous projects to create the best impact. Coupled with this, lauren is committed to actively decolonising design research and practices and being led by the innovation of First Nations Peoples.
At TACSI, lauren has deepened their capability to understand what it means to design and carry out qualitative research with people and communities with lived experience of marginalisation and/or disadvantage. Continuing to understand the ethical implications of human research and how to deepen participants’ capabilities to lead their own futures is integral to lauren’s practice as a researcher and community-led practitioner.
National Stakeholder Relationships and Sector Strengthening Manager, FPDN
Kelly (she/her) is FPDN’s National Stakeholder Relations and Sector Strengthening Manager. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in community collaboration and human rights across youth justice, homelessness, gendered violence, the inclusion and rights of LGBTIQA+ people and First Nations people with disability, and has a passion for highlighting and addressing the intersectional discrimination that marginalised groups experience.
National Strategic Partnerships, Policy and Impact Manager, FPDN
Talia is the National Strategic Partnerships, Policy and Impact Manager. She is passionate about addressing intersectional discrimination at an individual, organisational and systems level. Talia joined FPDN after 20 years in government and academia working in social policy always bridging multiple sectors – community, policy, practice and research. Talia is a Jewish woman, a mum and is deeply passionate and committed to social justice and human rights and elevating the voices of those who aren’t always listened to.
Dr. John Chan
Managing Director, Infinite Potential
Dr. John Chan is the managing director of Infinite Potential, a not-for-profit think tank focused on creating a sustainable workplace through systemic changes to structures and culture. He is an industrial / organisational psychologist with 20+ years’ experience in developing holistic people strategies that support organisational strategy and better outcomes. John’s careers in internal and external global roles has taken him from Silicon Valley start-ups to NYSE and ASX-100 companies. John publishes in academic and media publications and regularly speaks at national and international conferences.
Rob Hulls, Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Rob Hulls is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University. Rob served as the Attorney-General and Deputy Premier of Victoria Government from 1999 to 2010. As Attorney-General, Rob instigated significant and lasting changes to Victoria’s legal system. This included establishing Australia’s first Charter of Human Rights for Victoria, and setting up specialist courts including for Victoria’s indigenous community, for people with mental health issues, for people with drug addiction and for victims of family violence, as well as the country’s first and only Neighbourhood Justice Centre. In October 2012, Rob returned to his alma mater to set up the Centre for Innovative Justice as a place to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users.
Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Reform, Centre for Innovative Justice
Stan Winford is the Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Reform at the Centre for Innovative Justice.
Stan is a legal and justice system expert with experience in innovation and reform, including user centred design and applications for restorative and therapeutic justice in criminal and civil law. Stan’s work has included projects to better respond to the needs of victims of crime, improve justice responses to mental health, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury and cognitive impairment, and more effective approaches to reducing future offending.
Lived experience representative
Dorothy Armstrong is an advisor, lived experience consultant and peer mentor. She works extensively across the disability and criminal justice sectors and provides advice on a range of issues relating to people with acquired brain injury involved in the criminal justice system. Dorothy is an experienced public speaker and has developed a strong reputation for representing a lived experience perspective in high level policy and practice discussions. Dorothy is well known for her work in disability advocacy and for telling difficult stories with enormous impact. In 2018 Dorothy received a Victorian Disability Award for her advocacy work for people with acquired brain injury involved in the criminal justice system.
Indigenous Student Programs Manager, Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Warwick Padgham is a Taungurung man and is the Manager Indigenous Student Programs at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. In this role, Warwick is responsible for the recruitment and support of Indigenous PhD students within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, including engagement with community and external organisations. Prior to this, Warwick was Program Manager of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub at the Melbourne Law School. In his career at the University, Warwick has worked across many departments and areas, providing advice regarding Indigenous graduate development, as well as working on projects and activities specific to Indigenous doctoral advancement nationally and globally.
Managing Lawyer – Elder Abuse, Eastern Community Legal Centre in Melbourne
Claire Thurstans is the Managing Lawyer – Elder Abuse at Eastern Community Legal Centre in Melbourne. She leads two multidisciplinary teams (including one Health Justice Partnership with Eastern Health) that provide wrap-around holistic support to people experiencing elder abuse. Claire previously worked in private law firms, mainly in administrative law and on Royal Commissions, and was a columnist for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Nicole has worked extensively in public health and government in executive and non-executive roles for over 20 years and has been Chief Executive at cohealth since 2019 having served in a range of leadership roles in community health since 2006.
Nicole is passionate about community health and committed to the mission of improving health in partnership with individuals and the community. Social justice and health equity are the core principles of her decision-making and key drivers of her advocacy priorities. She feels privileged to have led an organisation that has consistently delivered outstanding services for communities who experience disadvantage.
In 2022, cohealth was named the Premier’s Health Service (Primary) of the Year and in the same year also won the LGBTQIA+ Service Provider of the Year award at the inaugural Australian Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards.
Nicole has extensive governance experience, having served in a number of non-executive Board roles across the healthcare sector. She is currently serving as Non-Executive Director and Deputy Board Chair of Dental Health Services Victoria and Non-Executive Board Director for the Victorian Healthcare Association. Nicole has previously held non-executive Board roles with Western Health and the Macedon Ranges North Western Metropolitan Medicare Local.
With her clinical background, governance experience and expertise in primary care and the acute sector, Nicole is uniquely positioned to understand the Australian healthcare landscape, navigate change and lead system reform. Nicole’s commitment to address the social determinants of health has led her to pursue policy change beyond health system reform, as Co-Chair of the Australian Health, Housing and Homelessness Network.
Nicole has a Masters of Business Administration and, outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends, travelling, cooking and keeping fit.
Founder, Make A Seat Australia
Amanda Morgan is a Yorta Yorta woman living on Darug country. Amanda is a child sexual abuse, domestic and family violence, secondary homelessness and modern slavery survivor advocate, activist, speaker and writer.
Amanda is the founder of Make A Seat Australia and a 2022 Churchill recipient who will travel to the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and New Zealand to investigate trauma-Informed Approaches to Legal processes for historically underserved survivors.
Amanda is an advisor to the National strategy advisory group for the National Office for Child Safety, the policy and advocacy advisory group at the National Women’s Safety Alliance, a member of the adult survivor college at the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse, and a Board Director at March4Justice (Australia). Amanda has written for the Sydney Morning Herald and Refinery29 Australia, and has been featured by BBC UK, Primer Magazine, Its Time We Talked, The Law Society of NSW Journal, the All About Women Festival at the Opera House and Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson (2023) with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Psychology. She will begin her PhD in law in 2024.
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service Tasmania
Yvette Cehtel is the CEO of the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania. Yvette’s background is as a lawyer of 23 years standing. This includes having worked as a Judges Associate, in private practice, as Legal Adviser to the Tasmanian Attorney General (working on the Family Violence Act 2004 (Tas) as the legal adviser in the Attorney General’s office, which introduced the offences of economic and emotional abuse), as counsel with Crown Law in New Zealand, as a Barrister in New Zealand, and with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Tasmania.
Yvette also managed the Counselling and Support team in Early Intervention Services in the north and north west for Relationships Australia, Tasmania.
Yvette has a Bachelor of Laws (UTAS), Master of Law (Human Rights) Monash and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Yvette is a member of the National Women’s Safety Alliance, Policy & Advocacy Advisory Committee established by the Commonwealth Government and a member of Women’s Legal Services Australia, (the peak national organisation for Women’s Legal Services Australia).
She has been contributing to not for profit community sector and government boards for over 30 years, including three appointments to the Tasmanians Legal Aid Commission as a Commissioner.
Her passion is for social justice and in particular the rights of Aborigines, women and children. She is committed to systems reform to improve the rights of those who experience structural barriers to achieving equality. This includes access to justice.
Advocate & lived experience leader
Sara is driven towards social justice and dismantling the current destructive systemic and social structures which oppress and destroy lives. These systems continue to perpetuate further harm to individuals and communities due to the system’s punitive commitment to exert power and control to those most vulnerable within our society. Sara acknowledges and understands firsthand the harms and trauma exacerbated by our broken systems and society. Sara has recently completed a Bachelors in Social Science, majoring in Criminology. Sara currently works in advocacy and lived experience leadership across sectors and shares her personal lived expertise and knowledge of the system to support and contribute to collective change.
Social Worker and Community Development, South East Monash Legal Service
Charlotte Lynch (They/Them/She/Her) is a Social Worker and Community Development worker at South East Monash Legal Service. They work with clients through various health justice partnerships including with maternal and child health centres and SECASA. In their spare time Charlotte works as an after hours Sexual Assault Crisis Counsellor at WestCASA. Through these roles Charlotte has developed an understanding of the important role that health justice partnerships play in the delivery of trauma informed services for victim/survivors of gendered violence.
Lidia Di Lembo
Practice Manager, Neami National (Head to Health Centre)
Lidia Di Lembo commenced working as a Practice Manager with Neami National, Head to Health Centre in Darwin NT in September 2023. Lidia worked as an Executive for the NT Department of Health for nearly 8 years and Correctional Services for 3 years. Previously she worked for the Federal Government for 28 years. Lidia has a lived experience of suicide loss, is the Co Founder and Chairperson of a local charity dedicated to suicide prevention and postvention, and is involved in range of local and national committees dedicated to suicide prevention.
Clinical Lead – Darwin Head to Health Adult Mental Health Centre, Neami National
Marina, an occupational therapist (OT) with a passion for mental health, embarked on her journey with Neami National four years ago as the Clinical Lead in Mackay, Queensland. Transitioning to Darwin, she assumed the role of Clinical Lead at the Head to Health Centre. With a rich background in the disability sector, prior to working for Neami Marina devoted most of her career to OT mental health private practice.
Marina begun at the Head to Health centre during its co-design phase and has welcomed and supported a dynamic approach to her work to ensure the centre meets both community need whilst also supports both the clinical and lived experience staff within the team.