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.
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.
Deb joined the WHG team in 2018. Deb commenced her career as a registered nurse and has lived and worked both interstate and overseas including third world countries. She has also worked in the primary care, corporate and education sectors. Deb has a passion for improving the lives of those in her community with a particular focus on those in marginalised communities. When she is not at work Deb loves spending time with her family, gardening, reading and exploring the region.
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.
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.
Ange van den Berg
Ange has worked in various community, sporting and not-for-profit organisations, and has experience in project management, community engagement, event management, fundraising and partnerships. Ange has previously studied a Bachelor of Arts/Education and is currently working on a Bachelor of Social Sciences.
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.
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.
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.