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Tina has vast experience in leading programs in the non-for-profit sector and is skilled in the development and delivery of programs that are evidence-informed, effective, efficient and make a positive difference to client’s lives. Tina has a Masters in Social Work and Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Practice Leadership. She has worked with street children in India and was a member of the world campaign against child prostitution, ECPAT, where she played a leading role in the expansion of the campaign to Mumbai, India, and helped extend the campaign to the African continent. Subsequently, Tina coordinated a UNICEF-funded project for Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances. Tina was nominated for the Mahila Shiromani Award by the President of India for “women of inspiring achievement“. In Australia since1996, Tina has worked in counselling, mediation, community development, management of children and family services and till Sept 2018, was a member of the Victorian Government’s RIMAG (Roadmap Implementation Minister’s Advisory Group) sub-group helping drive evidence-informed and outcomes-focussed learning systems in the family sector in response to the recommendations of the Family Violence Commission, 2016. She has developed and delivered high-quality innovative services that fill a gap. especially in the fields of cultural diversity, family support and family violence and trauma. Tina has spent years being a speaker at national and international conferences on working with vulnerable children and families, cultural diversity issues and recovery from violence and trauma.
Gagan has a Diploma of Community Welfare Work and is completing her Social Work degree, during which time she had a successful placement at IndianCare, assisting in the coordination of projects and group work. Gagan has strong community engagement, team work and organisational skills. Gagan has ten years of experience working in the health sector, assisting senior citizens to fulfill their daily living needs. She enjoys assisting youth with special needs to achieve their potential through facilitating wellbeing programs for groups.
Anu Krishnan comes with a background in Social Work, Applied Psychology and Social Research. Over the last 25 years she’s worked across not-for-profit, government and local government in five countries in areas of family violence, mental health, education and human services. She brings a rich background in both practice and training along with experience in working with communities here in Australia. Her passion for equity, respect and resilience in communities drives her work and her sense of humour energises her every day. Anu and her husband have lived in Melbourne on and off since 1999 and have two grown up children and a very spoilt cat.
Jyothsna is an accomplished health professional with a background in medical research. She arrived in Australia in 1996 as a spouse of an international student from Bengaluru, India and moved to Melbourne in 2003 to start a PhD in hormone function and chronic disease. She was awarded an Australian Academy of Science fellowship, in 2013, to initiate research collaboration between Australia and India. Her career as a researcher ignited a passion for community health and nutrition. She completed qualifications in human nutrition and professional development in health promotion. Jyothsna has extensive experience across primary school councils, higher education, community and primary care partnership settings. She teaches and mentors students in universities, clinics and the wider community. She believes that student wellbeing is strongly associated with building feelings of relatedness to their communities. In her personal life, she is a hands-on parent to two teenagers, one in university and another in high school. She is very involved in their learning activities and takes an active interest in discussing issues in politics, health and social justice with them.