The Staff and Board work together in partnership to ensure that Women’s Health Queensland functions as an effective and dynamic organisation.
Emma Iwinska - CEO
As the CEO at Women’s Health Queensland, Emma’s role is to purposefully design the strategic vision for the organisation while supporting every aspect of WHQ to success. Emma is passionate about creating positive change for women in all our communities across Queensland. She loves working collaboratively, getting results and listening to the experts in women’s lives – women! Emma has two decades of health management expertise and a decade of experience teaching in higher education. Emma holds formal qualifications both in health and in education and embraces a philosophy of lifelong learning. Emma is a single parent to two wonderful boys, grows veggies and has an eclectic bunch of chickens. Emma feels incredibly blessed to work with the amazing and committed team at WHQ, who pour their heart, strength, wisdom and humour into Women’s Health Queensland and our mission to advance the wellbeing of all women.
Morgana - Policy, Communication and Partnerships Officer
Morgana is passionate about creating change for Queensland women. Her aim is for supportive, safe and healthy communities, full of equal opportunities for all. Morgana values engagement and collaboration with the community and learning everyday.
At WHQ, Morgana’s roles focus on policy reform and advocacy, communication, and strategic philanthropic partnership engagement. She has experience working as an office manager and social media assistant for small business. She also has experience in assisting the provision of mediation and business development services for corporations, Native Title holders and Indigenous communities. Morgana holds a double degree in Journalism and Arts with an Extended Major in International Relations from the University of Queensland and she is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, Honours at the Queensland University of Technology.
Charlotte- Admin and Communications Officer
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Design Studies from QUT, and comes to us from a background in graphic design and marketing. At WHQ, Charlotte’s role covers administration, communication, social media and community engagement. She helps the operations of the office and provides connection between the counselling and communication teams.
Lyndal - Finance Officer
As the Finance Officer, Lyndal looks after all the accounting for the organisation and financial reporting to the board and our regulatory bodies. Lyndal believes the work of Women’s Health is valuable to many women in our community and enjoys being one of the supporting staff to assist our frontline support workers.
Alice - Women’s Health Indigenous Engagement Officer
Alice is a proud First Nations woman from the Mununjali people located in Yugambeh Country in Scenic Rim Region of Queensland. Alice has completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries and Diploma of Management. She has over 10 year’s experience working across government, creative agencies and Indigenous community organisations in various roles in marketing and communications.
Alice’s work focuses on engaging, developing and sustaining current and new partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations. She supports, advises and works across WHQ on Indigenous related work and affairs. Alice will be supporting the development and implementation of WHQ Reflective Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). As the appointed WHQ RAP Chair, Alice coordinates the RAP Working Group meetings and takes responsibility for holding other members of the group accountable and on track.
Alice’s wants all women in Queensland to know that there is healthcare and support out there for you and Women’s Health Queensland wants to support you to find the best service for you.
Trina - Media and Partnerships Specialist
Trina came to WHQ having worked as a senior print, online and radio journalist, educator, researcher and communication professional. Her work has taken her into busy Queensland and Victorian newsrooms as well as into a role with the public, private and higher education sectors. Over the years, Trina has experienced, witnessed and reported on the shortfall in women’s access to quality health information and support. Her Masters’ thesis looked at the impact of news reporting on victims and survivors of traumatic incidents. In voluntary roles, Trina has helped various community groups get their messages out and, at one stage, presented on – and produced – Women’s Radio. She is delighted to be helping Women’s Health Queensland lift its public profile and build bridges to individuals and bodies with similar objectives.
Hannah - Women's Wellbeing Officer
Hannah is a qualified nutritionist as well as a yoga and meditation instructor. Much of her career has been in health promotion and community development projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, in rural, regional and remote communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Hannah is passionate about helping all women to live their best lives and recognises that to do that, we need our health and wellbeing. She combines her passion and experience to offer a range of group programs and well as one-off workshops focussed around cooking, nutrition, physical activity, yoga, meditation and mindfulness for clients.
Melissa - Community Engagement and Education Officer
Melissa is a community development practitioner, registered nurse, mother, aunt and agent of change. She has worked with families and communities from diverse ages and backgrounds for over 20 years. Melissa is passionate about building on the strengths and assets within a community to create social change, equality and better health outcomes for women. Her role at WHQ is focused on primary prevention of gender-based violence in remote and regional Queensland.
Mandy - Team Leader Counselling and Case Management
Mandy is the Team Leader of the Counselling Team at WHQ. She trained at the school of Social Work at JCU, graduating in 2004. Mandy is an enthusiastic, intentional and committed Social Worker and her passion is ending violence specifically against women and children and has focused her work in the area of gendered violence.
Since graduating Mandy has worked as a Youth Worker, Homelessness and Housing Support Worker, Adventure Based Learning Worker, Domestic and Family Violence Support Worker, Trauma counsellor, Sexual Violence Counsellor, Senior practitioner and Team Leader of various professionals.
Mandy aims to walk alongside people, highlighting and building on their skills and resilience while nurturing hope and confidence.
Alyse - Counsellor and Social Worker
Alyse is a Social Worker and Counsellor with membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers. Alyse holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Diploma of Community Service Work. Alyse works from a Trauma Informed Lens and believes that everyone has strengths and abilities. She aims to work with people to identify these strengths, develop healthy coping strategies and build independence. Alyse particularly enjoys and values working with young people, women and families, including those who identify with LGBTIQ+ community. Alyse has skills, experience and passion supporting people in areas of domestic violence, personal development, trauma, pregnancy/parenting, female reproductive and sexual health, identity, grief and loss, mental health and end of life support. She emphasises the value of each person’s individual identity, values and experiences and works from a sensitive and non-judgmental standpoint to understand and support those she works with.
Angela - Counsellor and Social Worker
Angela is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. As a gendered violence counsellor, Angela primarily provides evidenced based therapy to women who have experienced intimate partner violence, family or domestic violence. She aims to work together with women to break through challenges to women maintaining and achieving good mental health. Angela has a passion for women’s health as she believes it is central to mental health and body autonomy. What gets Angela up in the morning is the love of the counselling process, and how it allows her to share the journey as women grow and achieve empowerment in all parts of their lives. Angela has a degree in Social Work from the University of Queensland and has achieved status as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker via AASW. She also has additional training in Non-directive Pregnancy Counselling through APS.
Gita - Counsellor
Gita is a counsellor at WHQ. Gita works specifically with women who have experienced any form of gendered based violence. She believes that every woman has a wealth of skills, abilities, capacities, strengths, and resources. Gita strives to facilitate and support reconnecting women with those aspects of their life which might have been marginalised, as a result of violence and/or socially oppressive influences.
Since completing her “Master of Counselling” qualification in 2014, Gita has worked with many children, young people, women and families affected by trauma, abuse, suicide, torture and sexual/domestic violence. She enjoys only two things more than her work with women. First, is having the privilege to hear every woman’s amazing life story and to be involved with them. And second is the chance to be invited by them to expand the possibilities beyond the influence of the problem and working together to rebuild stories of hope, strengths, skills, and possibilities.
Kelly - Counsellor and Social Worker
Kelly is trained as a social worker and counsellor with extensive experience in the gendered violence sector including domestic and family violence, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. Alongside of this work, Kelly has worked with women relating to refugee settlement, homelessness, women’s health, eating issues and youth work.
Using a healing-centred approach, Kelly invites women to share their experiences and the meaning of those experiences at a pace that they feel comfortable. Centring women as the experts in their own lives and their own recovery from the impacts of trauma, Kelly encourages women to explore their own strengths, skills, values and beliefs. Kelly is passionate about social justice, human rights and working toward eliminating violence against women and children.