WHG has a passionate and committed team with a proud history of collaboration and achievement. Staff members bring a range of skills and experience across public health and health promotion, social work, education, government and administration.
Marianne has worked across the Grampians region for many years. She has extensive senior management experience in community health and primary care in our region, bringing to WHG her strong leadership values, an unwavering commitment to working within a feminist framework and exceptional partnership development skills.
Shannon joined the WHG team in 2020 and brings with her experience in the not-for-profit, community and arts sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Business Administration and will soon complete her Bachelor of Laws. Shannon is passionate about equality, inclusion and community.
Valma commenced working for WHG in November 2017 and holds the position of Office Administrator. Valma has previously worked within the education sector and television industry, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience for our office team.
Sarah joined the team in 2021 and brings many years of communications and policy development experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. As an artist, academic, and staunch feminist, Sarah is currently working on a creative PhD around the importance of collaboration between women in contemporary interpretations of classic fairy tales.
Health Promotion Team
Rose started working at WHG in March 2019 and brings with her extensive health and social policy experience across the not-for-profit and government sector. She has worked in women’s health promotion and advocacy, cancer screening policy, and adoption and fostering research. Rose has a combined Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services). She is committed to improving women’s health and challenging gender inequality.
Upon joining the team in 2017, Kate brings over 14 years of experience in community development and health and wellbeing planning to WHG. She has previously developed public health plans, social policy, strategy development and community engagement. Kate has a Bachelor of Media Studies and a Masters of Business Administration and is passionate about working with organisations and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the region.
Dee became a WHG team member in 2015 after six months abroad in Cambodia as a research assistant for Deakin University exploring the sexual and reproductive health perceptions of garment factory workers, and as a health promotion worker for the National Centre for Health Promotion, increasing dialogue on maternal and infant mortality and contributing to tobacco legislative reforms. Dee has a Masters of Public Health, a Bachelor of Food Science & Nutrition with Honours and a Bachelor of Health Science. As a health promotion officer and nutritionist Dee is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of women.
Melissa has worked for local government and community sectors for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in community development, community engagement, strategic planning, policy development and partnerships. Melissa has worked in the Wimmera region for 13 years and joined WHG in 2016.
Having worked in a variety of industries Shannon has extensive experience in project management, communications, technology, and women's sexual and reproductive health. Shannon joined the WHG team in 2012, inspired by the opportunity to return to her home town, to increase community awareness and understanding of the sexual and reproductive health issues that women face across Grampians region.
Ange van den Berg
Ange has worked in various community, sporting and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and the UK, and has experience in project management, community engagement, event management, fundraising and partnerships. Ange has previously studied a Bachelor of Arts/Education and Bachelor of Social Sciences and is currently working on a Master of Arts (Sociology).
Claire has worked for both state government agencies and private industry in a variety of roles from land management to web design. She has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning and community engagement. She has lived and worked in Gariwerd / Grampians for the last 10 years and has been enjoying working with the great team at Women’s Health Grampians this year.
Jane has over 25 years experience in planning , implementing and managing a range of primary care services in the community setting. She has a Bachelor of Education and is committed to genuine client participation in the design and delivery of programs that directly impact on them. She is a champion of the codesign and the recovery model.
In 2022 Rubylyn commenced working with WHG as a Multilingual Health Educator. She was a registered midwife in the Philippines and has been working in an aged care prior to her new role with WHG. With a passion to connect and help migrant women in the Wimmera she organises family activities and small group meet-ups, and is one of the Horsham town leaders of the Wimmera Filipino-Australian Club.
Leena joined WHG in April 2021 as a Bilingual Health Educator, assisting migrant and refugee women to access CALD appropriate health information and make informed health choices. Leena has also worked as a Software Engineer in both government and private sector and is from Singapore. Leena is currently working in the role as our CoRE Support Officer.
Sumira Chhabra Gambhir
Sumira commenced working with WHG as an Equality Advocate in 2019. She is now employed as the Health Outreach Officer as part of the WOMHEn project and has a passion to empower women from migrant and diverse communities. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and Counselling, with experience working as a counsellor with placement volunteer experience with Central Highland Integrated Family Violence Committee. Sumira is originally from India and is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
Rebecca joined the WHG team in April 2021 as a Multilingual Health Educator as part of the WOMHEn project and is from South Sudan. She has worked at the City of Ballarat - Active Ageing for four years and also did eight years of volunteering work while learning English. Rebecca always felt the need to help others, has learnt new skills in this project and is looking forward to working with the African community.
Katrina joined WHG in 2022 as a Multilingual Health Educator. She uses her background in International Relations and Community Development to make impactful contributions. She completed her Masters in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne in 2017 and has been living her best life since.
Kailee joined WHG in 2021 as a Sexual & Reproductive Health Promotion Officer. She has a dual degree of Nursing & Paramedicine, and has been working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department prior to her new role. Kailee is committed to improving resources and services in her local community, and is passionate and excited to promote and educate women about their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.
Issy joined the WHG team in 2022. She is currently studying a Bachelor degree in Social Work and is passionate about helping people within the community. She has worked as a Personal Trainer for several years and is looking forward to working in the Wimmera region as WHGs Act@Play Project Officer.
Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee (CHIFVC)
Jess joined WHG in June 2019 as the Principal Strategic Advisory for the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee. Jess has a PhD on feminist theories of embodiment, and has completed postdoctoral studies on responses to trauma, gender inequality and social memory. Most recently working on information sharing and the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework at the Department of Health and Human Services, she has an extensive background in research, consultation, advocacy and policy in relation to violence prevention and response.
Maggie commenced working with WHG in September 2020, in a role that provides administration support to the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee, the Central Highlands Care Services Alliance, the Central Highlands Family Services Alliance and the Central Highlands Homelessness Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology and has previously worked in the non-for-profit sector in Melbourne.
Yo commenced working at WHG in December 2020. Yo has a Master of Social Work degree, with placement and volunteer experiences in family services and family violence support. Yo previously worked as a Community Education Officer in a community legal centre, delivering training on worker’s rights in Australia to newly arrived migrant workers including international students, refugees and other temporary visa holders from diverse cultural and linguistic communities.