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Coffee With… Samantha McGuffie, Manager – Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW), Women’s Health East

07.11.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at WHE My role is to lead the PVAW work at WHE. This includes the Together for Equality and Respect partnership (a regional collective impact approach to prevent violence against women in Melbourne’s East) and other work addressing the drivers of gender-based violence. Right now we are supporting lots of our partner […]

Coffee With…Sameera Abdeen: Project Manager, Community Inclusion, Yarra Valley Water

03.10.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at YVW Community inclusion is a relatively new division of Yarra Valley Water and looks at strategy and program development for the members of our community that might be experiencing vulnerabilities.  These are vulnerabilities such as financial hardship, engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, accessibility, family violence and different life stages.  […]

Coffee with … Melissa Yong, Health Promotion Coordinator Division of Student Life – Health and Wellbeing, Deakin University

29.08.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at Deakin? I am Deakin’s first-ever Health Promotion Coordinator.  I started in November 2018 so I’m about 7 months into the role.  It is my first experience working in tertiary or any education setting.  I’ve worked in Health Promotion for 20+ years but always at local and state government prior to starting […]

Coffee with … Julia Bilton, Health Promotion Manager, Carrington Health and healthAbility

31.07.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at Carrington Health and healthAbility? I started earlier this year as Health Promotion Manager and I lead our growing health promotion team across our Box Hill and Eltham sites. I am lucky enough to work within a Team who have a wealth of local knowledge and expertise and be surrounded by incredible […]

Coffee with…Ada Poon, Service Coordinator, Centre for Holistic Health

01.07.2019 Coffee With

                Describe the work that goes on at the Centre for Holistic Health. The Centre for Holistic Health aims to promote physical and mental wellbeing in the Chinese community through providing preventive and ameliorative services. Over the last two years, the Centre has been piloting two major projects. […]

Coffee With… Jacinda Erich, Health Promotion Officer at Link Health & Community

11.06.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at Link Health & Community? My role at Link as Health Promotion Officer focuses on gender equity and prevention of violence against women. This involves working closely with other stakeholders to reduce violence against women by working with community, to build their knowledge and capacity so that they too can be agents […]

Coffee with…Wina Kung, General Manager Home Care Services, mecwacare

15.04.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at mecwacare: mecwacare has provided care and services to the community since 1959, offering residential, community and in-home support to the aged and people with disability. We support clients through all stages of their life journey by providing high-quality care, services and respectful advice. We also assist clients to remain independent, provide […]

Coffee with…Steph Ashby, Primary Prevention Coordinator, IEPCP

02.04.2019 Coffee With

Can you tell us a little about the work you have been doing before joining the team at IEPCP? I was working at City of Casey as a senior health planner. I loved the role but it was a short term maternity leave position. After 6 years travelling to work in various roles across Pakenham, […]

Coffee with…Sue Rosenhain, Integrated Planning Manager, IEPCP

18.03.2019 Coffee With

Describe your work/role as our new Integrated Planning Manager The primary focus of my role here is the social inclusion priority of the Inner East Integrated Health Promotion plan, which is a plan that represents the HP work of IEPCP, Carrington Health, LinkHC and AccessHC. Social inclusion – whether or not people can Learn, Work, […]

Coffee with…Jessica Anson, Manager – Health Promotion, Research and Strategy, Link Health & Community

04.02.2019 Coffee With

          Describe your work/role at Link H&C In my role as Manager – Health Promotion, Research and Strategy, I’m responsible for leading and coordinating a team of four incredible practitioners (five if you include me). Our work is focused on planning and implementing a range of primary prevention strategies to promote […]

Coffee With… Sue Carlile, CEO, Family Access Network

28.11.2018 Coffee With

Describe the work of Family Access Network Family Access Network (FAN) was established in 1981, based in Box Hill providing services across the Eastern Region for young people, young families and accompanying children, and across the state of Victoria for LGBTI young people, experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We do this through a range […]

Coffee with… new faces at the Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC)

05.11.2018 Coffee With

Coffee with… Chris Walsh, Director Partnerships and Community Development Describe your work/role at Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC). I have recently joined ECLC as Director, Partnerships and Community Development based in Box Hill, working across the 6 local government areas in the East and spreading my time at our Box Hill, Boronia and Healesville and […]

Coffee with….Mandy Taylor, Director of Clinical Services, Cairnmillar Institute

03.10.2018 Coffee With

I am the Director of Clinical Services at Cairnmillar Institute. Cairnmillar is a not-for-profit charity organisation, established in 1961 by Professor Francis McNab. It is now under the leadership of Professor Kathryn von Treuer and has evolved into a highly regarded teaching institute offering short courses and higher education programs. One of the key things […]

Coffee with….Sue Dunn, Manager, Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House

15.08.2018 Coffee With

          Describe your work at Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House? I manage a small community house in Box Hill (one of ten in Whitehorse). We offer child care, and training courses for people wishing to improve their skills or employment chances. Our biggest program is our Social Activity group. As part of […]

Coffee with…Nicole Preston, Access & Inclusion Coordinator, Inner East PCP

31.07.2018 Coffee With

Describe your work/role at IEPCP? Primarily, the focus of my role over the next 12 months will be supporting partners in the volunteering sector. We will be looking at how we can coordinate and draw upon the work being done within this sector to really strengthen the diversity and inclusion outcomes within our communities. I […]

Coffee with…Simon Curran, Senior Manager, Kew Business & Service Development, Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV)

18.06.2018 Coffee With

Describe the work of Relationships Australia Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a specialist provider of family and relationship services, delivering programs through 14 centres and additional outreach services across Victoria. We provide a broad range of relationship, child and family, family violence, mental health and seniors relationship services. Our services include counselling, family dispute resolution […]

Coffee with…Jan Mattrow, Program Manager, Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA)

29.05.2018 Coffee With

Describe the work of MEDA MEDA promotes and protects the rights of people with disability through our individual and volunteer citizen advocacy programs. Our individual advocacy program has paid advocates working short term alongside people with disability addressing issues where people don’t feel heard or experience discrimination. Our Volunteer Citizen advocacy program matches volunteer citizen […]

Coffee with…Jenny Jackson, Executive Director, EDVOS

03.05.2018 Coffee With

Describe the work of EDVOS. At EDVOS our vision is for a community free from family violence, where everyone feels safe. EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region (EMR) and covers around 1.03 million people in the municipalities of Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, Knox, Monash, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges. We focus […]

Coffee with…Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, CEO, Eastern Volunteers

09.04.2018 Coffee With

What sort of work were you doing prior to starting at Eastern Volunteers? I was CEO of Playgroup Victoria for four and a half years before a 12 month stint as General Manager with Playgroup Australia in Canberra. Playgroup Victoria, is one of the largest child and family membership organisations in Victoria and we supported […]

Coffee with…Raini Nailer, Prevention Coordinator, Inner East PCP

19.03.2018 Coffee With

Hi Raini! Welcome to the Inner East PCP! Describe your role at the IEPCP. Dynamic. Challenging. Exciting… My role consists of supporting social and health organisations in the East to coordinate and collaborate on prevention initiatives across a broad range of priority issues, some of which include prevention of violence against women, social inclusion and […]

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