Health Translation Funding Extension

Farewell Alison Coelho

After 8 years as Co-Manager of the Multicultural Health Support Service (MHSS), a program of CEH at North Richmond Community Health, Alison Coelho has decided to leave her position to pursue other interests.

During this time, Alison has been a tireless advocate for the MHSS program and the communities that it serves. Alison is well known and respected both in the sector, for her work with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and her commitment to the issues of social justice and health, especially in the areas of blood borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI).

Alison’s commitment to improving equity and health outcomes was a key driver of her work, and generating new ideas and projects to address the needs of the communities that MHSS was working with.  Her commitment to community led/co-designed health promotion and galvanising strategic sector partnerships resulted in the Multicultural Community Action Network (MCAN) and the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership (MDAP).

Alison’s work was recognised last year when she was highly commended in the Multicultural Awards for Excellence in 2020: Multicultural Award for Excellence in Health.

Alison leaves behind an organisation that has grown under her leadership, has skilled and experienced staff, and is well respected in the sector.

We wish Alison well in both in her personal and work capacities.