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CEH Staff

Bernice Murphy

Co Manager

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 manages the capacity building projects and professional development. Projects include a learning and development project with staff at Whittlesea City Council and working with Fisheries Victoria staff on developing appropriate information resources for newly arrived communities.

Alison Coelho

Co Manager

Alison has been at CEH since 2012, overseeing the Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) and more recently the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Support Project.  She is an advocate for human rights and health equity, with a background in Sociology and Community Development.  In local government Alison coordinated population based health planning, and developed the first prevention based Health & Wellbeing Plan in the State with the Diversity Strategy. She has been involved in Reconciliation Policies, Women’s Health Initiatives and is committed to addressing the social determinants of health at a systemic level.

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.

Piergiorgio (Pier) Moro

Program & Projects Co-ordinator

Pier is the Program and Projects Co-ordinator of the Community Engagement and Education team that works with people from a migrant and refugee background. His projects include the areas of sexual health, gender identity, blood borne viruses, stigma and cultural competence. 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 also an experienced trainer. He has a Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (Hons).

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.

Deng Michael

Community Engagement & Projects Officer

Deng is a Youth Worker with a passion for working with young people. He has extensive experience in working with young people both internationally and in Australia. Deng worked as Secretary of Youth Affairs with UNHCR in Kenya as well as Child Protection Community Worker with Save the Children UK when overseas. Once in Australia, he was employed at a residential care setting and mental health unit in Queensland as well as Teacher aid for CALD Communities.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Diploma of Youth Work, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Youth Work at Victoria University.

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.

Rebecca Reeves

Community 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.

Antje Tillack-Benton

Marketing & Event Specialist

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.

Becky Lo

Project Officer

Becky is a qualified doctor with 14 years experience in the health and community services in Australia and overseas. She has worked with refugee and migrant communities as a community development worker and a caseworker, and as a doctor in public hospitals. She has led numerous projects aimed at improving the health, social and employment outcomes for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers including sector development positions.  Becky joined CEH in 2018 and is currently working on developing resources for the Health Translations Directory and other capacity-building projects.

Jolyon Burford

Online Training Coordinator

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.

Sabina Tresise-Stump

Information Services Coordinator

Sabina maintains the CEH library collection including web-based resources and delivers an information and reference service to CEH stake holders and staff. Before immigrating to Australia in 2001, Sabina worked with the Swiss Red Cross in Berne, where she managed their library and archives. In this position she acquired skills and experience in information management and information service delivery in the health, community, migration and international development sectors. Sabina completed her diploma in library and information studies in order to gain accreditation in Australia and in 2012 accomplished a diploma in project management at Victoria University.

Siri Gunawardana

Training 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

Project Officer

As part of CEH’s capacity building team Sophie works on the development of culturally responsive resources for communities and the health sector. She is currently working on CEH’s NDIS project, running Understanding the NDIS workshops for interpreters, bicultural workers and education aides across Victoria  Sophie commenced at CEH in 2016, bringing more than 15 years’ experience working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant populations in the area of sexual health education, HIV/AIDS and employment support. She holds a Masters of Journalism, Bachelor of Law, and Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Spase Veljanovski

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.

Viv Fox

Office Manager

Viv oversees all aspects of administration at CEH. Trained as an early childhood educator, she has over 25 years’ experience working with children from diverse backgrounds, starting in London in the early 1970s and eventually establishing a day care centre for an independent school in Armadale in I992. Viv became a volunteer at North Richmond Community Health Ltd, a position which eventually led to her current role at CEH.

Fred Funtusoff

Business Analyst

Fred joined CEH in March 2018 with many years of experience in the digital industry. He is responsible for improving the digital profile of CEH by analysing organisational needs, identifying gaps, finding suitable solutions and managing the implementation of those solutions. His work includes improving the user experience of the Health Translations Directory, need analysis for and procurement of a learning management system and redevelopment and continuous improvement of the CEH website.

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