CEH Staff

Bernice Murphy


Bernice is a project manager with experience in both the government and non-government sectors. At the Department of Human Services (DHS), Bernice worked in homeless and family violence, primary health and managed the Primary Health Programs team comprising women’s health, counselling in community health, family planning and school nursing. Equitable access to services has been a theme throughout her career. Bernice has been at CEH since May 2014 and has recently been appointed Manager.   

Piergiorgio (Pier) Moro

Co-ordinator Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS)

Pier is the co-ordinator of the MHSS team. MHSS works with people from a migrant and refugee background as well as international students. His projects include the areas of sexual health/STI’s, blood borne viruses, healthy relationships, cultural competence and stigma. Pier has worked in the community sector for over 30 years in diverse areas such as human rights, international development, labour rights, community radio, blood borne viruses and health promotion. Pier is an experienced trainer, with a Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (Hons).

Siri Gunawardana

Capacity Building Coordinator

Siri coordinates CEH’s practical and specialist training courses which specialise in language services, cultural competence and health literacy. These are delivered in the traditional face to face method and more recently as an online service as well. Courses are informed by participants’ feedback and new developments in the field.  Siri has over 15 years of experience in migrant and refugee settlement, training and health promotion. She holds a Master in Public Health, a Bachelor of Arts-Community Development, and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Sophie Dutertre

Program & Projects Coordinator

Sophie commenced at CEH in 2016, bringing more than 15 years’ experience working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant populations in the area of health education, HIV/AIDS and employment support. Her focus at CEH has been the development of culturally responsive resources for communities and the health sector about Covid-19 and the NDIS. She holds a Masters of Journalism, Bachelor of Law, and Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Antje Tillack-Benton

Health Translations Coordinator

Anni is a passionate and experienced events & fundraising professional. Her experience, over the last 10 years has been in the areas of event management, fundraising and experiential marketing productions in Melbourne and overseas. In these roles, she has continuously delivered successful and innovative results for clients including the Department of Education, World Vision Australia and Health Workforce Australia. Anni has a Bachelor of Media Studies (Honours). She has a professional interest in employing her strong planning skills and experience in a role where she provides strategic and logistical support. Anni is involved in marketing and online engagement projects that focus around the areas of cultural competence and health literacy.

Toula Elefsiniotis

Lead Communications & Campaigns

Toula commenced work at CEH in July 2019. She is a highly qualified media, marketing and communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in brand management in the advertising and publishing industries.  She is particularly passionate about her putting her business, marketing and communications expertise to use in an advocacy context and seeing culturally diverse organisations prosper. She is bilingual and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorial and Museum Studies.

Orlando Green

Project & Clinical Lead | Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnership (MDAP)

Orlando Green Project & Clinical Lead of the Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnership. Orlando has a dual diagnosis nurse and marketing/advertising background, and hails from Philadelphia, USA. Orlando has been in Australia for 13 years and is ‘keen to approach this challenge and make a difference in empowering our community’.

Natalia Okelo

Policy, Research & Evaluation Officer |Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS)

Natalia joined CEH in 2021.  Natalia has extensive experience in delivering health programs, developing strategic and operational plans, and monitoring and evaluating health programs including STI/HIV programs. Natalia also has experience in supporting the management of primary health care services, community health education, and the application and use of health data in decision making and capacity building roles. Natalia holds a medical degree and has a  Master of Public Health degree.

Rebecca Reeves

Senior Projects Officer

Rebecca joined the Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) team at CEH to coordinate the African Diaspora Networking Zone at the 20th International AIDS Conference. With experience in running educational and networking events in the blood borne virus and sexually transmissible infections area, Rebecca has taken on the role as Community Projects Officer, coordinating the Multicultural Sexual Health Network forums in addition to other activities that support the implementation of MHSS’ strategic direction. Rebecca has worked in India, Vietnam, Ethiopia and locally. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in International Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

Aditi Sharma

Community Engagement & Projects Officer

Aditi is a Community engagement and projects officer working with International students to improve their general health and well-being. This includes providing information around Sexual Health, Mental Health, and access to information around unplanned pregnancies for international students. Aditi is also an overseas-trained Dentist, with clinical and oral health promotion experience overseas and has a Master’s degree in public health.

Christian Vega

Community Engagement & Projects Officer LGBTIQA+

 Christian has worked for over 20 years within organisations led by HIV key affected communities- People who use illicit drugs, Sex workers, and LGBTIQA+ people and has worked all over Australia. At CEH he is a Community Engagement and Project Officer working with LGBTIQA+ communities. He is passionate about community leadership particularly around culture, sexuality, health, and the policy and practice space where these are the focus. He has extensive experience in social advocacy and community engagement, and is especially interested in engaging individuals at the intersection of socially-excluded communities.

Eudia Kipsuto

Community Engagement & Project Officer

Eudia is a Community Engagement and Project Officer working with Refugee and Migrant Communities. She is responsible for a number of projects with a focus on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), the Youth Health Clinic and Sexual Health. Eudia is a Registered Nurse with experience in the area of Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Aboriginal Health and General Nursing. She holds a Master of Public Health (Primary Health Care), Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Business Administration.

Kanwal Saleem

Community Engagement & Projects Officer

Kanwal Saleem is a Community Engagement and Projects Officer at the Multicultural Health and Support Service, a program of the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health. Kanwal is an overseas-trained doctor and has a master’s degree in Public Health.

She has a passion for Sexual and Reproductive health promotion through community education and evidence-based research, with a strong focus on BBVs, STIs and their impact on our behaviours, health, and wellbeing.

Tapuwa Bofu

Community Engagement & Projects Officer

Tapuwa Bofu hails from Zimbabwe where he worked as a high school teacher for 14 years.
He also taught in Australia for 1 year before moving into the community development sector where he’s been involved over the last 11 years. Organisations include Jesuit Social Services, The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), The Alcohol & Drug Foundation, Victoria University, Melton City Council and Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH). He holds a master’s degree in Social Science (Addiction Studies), BA, Grad Cert in Education, Certificate in Refugee Law & Humanitarian Support, as well as a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Jolyon Burford

Trainer & Online Training Developer

Jolyon is a Cultural Competence and Health Literacy trainer who also develops engaging eLearning in both of these topics. Jolyon spent most of his career working with marginalised young people in education. This has made him passionate about making it easy for all Australians to understand and use health and social services. This passion connects with his work at CEH helping organisations work can communicate better with migrants, refugees and marginalised Australians.

Mary Gavranic

Senior Project Officer

Mary is a qualified social worker who has worked in aged care and settlement services. For a number of years, she also managed an ethno-specific service that provided settlement, domestic violence, language and aged care services. At CEH, she was the manager of the Multicultural Gambler’s Help Program (MGHP) from 2006 to 2010. The work of the MGHP focused on improving responses to problem gambling for migrant and refugee communities. Mary is currently a senior project officer at CEH working on strategic projects.

Spase Veljanovski

 Senier Project Officer

Spase has over 20 years’ experience in access and equity work across mental health, local government and community health. He started work as a bilingual worker and has found this position to be a widely misunderstood.  At the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health he is a trainer and project worker in language services, health literacy and organisational cultural competence.  He holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts (Multicultural Studies) and Certificate IV, Training & Assessment.

Bronwyn Ratcliffe

Digital Communications Officer (Mon – Weds) Project Officer health translations (Thur – fri)

In this role Bronwyn is focused on using social media platforms to engage with the community and to promote the work of CEH. The digital content officer strengthens and expand CEH’s online presence and reach, especially the work of the Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) to community members. Bronwyn has worked previously at Moreland City Council, where she developed her interest in community focused communications and in building online audiences. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Masters of Museum Studies.

Anyaak Abiel

Community Engagement & Project Officer

Anyaak is of South Sudanese heritage and is passionate about social justice and community empowerment. He’s been involved in a number of community organisations which work with CALD communities including 4 years of youth work at Drummond Street Service’s Drum Youth Services program. Anyaak loves creativity and philosophy and working with people, in particular young people.

Anyaak holds a Certificate III in Community Services Work, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advance Diploma of Justice and is currently a second year student studying Bachelor of Criminology and majoring in Psychology.

Yom Maker Adeng

Community Engagement & Project Officer

Yom  is a 20-year-old South Sudanese Australian who came to Australia at the age of four. Yom is an active community member providing mentorship support to young people aged between 10 to 25 from the South Sudanese/African background.

She is currently in her second year studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Australia Catholic University, and has worked in the age care sector for over two years.

Deng Lual

Community Engagement & Project Officer

Deng Lual is a passionate community development worker with ten years’ experience in both the public and private sector. He worked for The Carter Centre, an International non-governmental organisation founded by the former US President Jimmy Carter and supporting the health programs including neglected tropical diseases such as Guinea Worm Eradication and Trachoma Control Programs in South Sudan.  Deng also worked as a civil servant at the County Health Department where he was overseeing health programs.

While in Australia, Deng’s worked for both non-governmental organisation and the State Government. He’s a sworn believer of Multiculturalism, he advocates for Social and Economic Justice, Human Rights and anti-racism. He now sits in the Regional Advisory Council of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Deng holds a Diploma in Business Administration and he’s currently pursuing a Diploma in Community Services at RMIT University.