Introducing ANROWS's 2015-16 Practitioner Engagement Group

ANROWS is delighted to announce the establishment of an advisory group, the ANROWS Practitioner Engagement Group (PEG), to assist in the translation of research to practice.

ANROWS's PEG will promote interaction and knowledge sharing between ANROWS, the specialist women’s services sector and the broader community services sectors.


PEG members for 2015-2016:

Aboriginal women with practice expertise on violence against women in Indigenous communities

Antoinette Braybrook: (VIC) National Convenor for the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum. Antoinette is also Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria. Antoinette is an Aboriginal woman born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette's grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, Far North Queensland. 
Mary Cowley: (WA) Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Family Law Services WA and Deputy Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance. The Aboriginal Family Law Services WA provides legal representation and community education to Aboriginal people in Western Australia in the areas of family and sexual violence. Mary is a proud Aboriginal woman with links to the West Kimberley and Northern Queensland.
Dorinda Cox: (WA) Director at Inspire Change Consulting Group. Inspire Change provides training and specialist advice on Leadership programs, Cultural Security/Competency, Family Violence and Gender policy analysis for mainstream, non government and government organisations. Dorinda is a proud Aboriginal woman and was a member of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
Kylie Dowse(Regional NSW) Service Delivery Manager at the Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Service in Port Macquarie. Kylie is a proud Aboriginal woman who is passionate about best practice services for women and children impacted by domestic violence and homelessness, and strategic prevention through attitudinal change. She holds membership on the NSW Men’s Behaviour Change Network.
Shirley Slann: (Regional Victoria) has worked in the area of domestic and family violence for over 16 years. Shirley managed the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service in Mount Isa for over 15 years until January 2015. She currently lives in Victoria where she works for Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) as a Risk Assessment Management Panel Coordinator. Shirley is a proud Aboriginal woman.

Practice expertise specifically on CALD communities and violence against women

Maya Avdibegovic: (VIC) Chief Executive Officer at inTouch, Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. As Chief Executive Officer for the past six years, Maya has led the delivery of a number of best practice based programs including the award-winning community-led prevention program ‘CALD Communities Leading the Way to Respectful Relationships’.
Dr Adele Murdolo: (VIC) Executive Director of The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH), a national organisation that promotes the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women through research, advocacy, multilingual health education and training. Adele has been the Executive Director of MCWH since 1998 and under her direction, the organisation has expanded nationally. She is an active and passionate advocate for immigrant and refugee women's rights and wellbeing.
Dr Eman Sharobeem(NSW) Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales based Immigrant Women’s Health Service (IWHS). Immigrant Women's Health Service work across a range of women's issues particularly prevalent in immigrant and refugee communities including domestic and family violence. Eman has been an active advocate of migrants & refugees since 1987. In 2014 Eman was honored as an Australia Day Ambassador and was a finalist for The Australian of The Year Award.

Peaks and networks

Dr Y. Gavriel Ansara: (NSW) Manager of Research and Policy at the National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance) and Chair of the Alliance’s Research Ethics & Standards Team. With 89 member organisations and over 100 members, the Alliance is the national peak body for the health and wellbeing of people of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex experience, including people beyond these letters.
Kelly Banister: (Regional NSW) Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Women’s Health Network. The Australian Women’s Health Network is a health promotion advocacy organisation that provides a national voice on women’s health. The coalition of groups that comprises the organisation aims to promote equity within the health system and equitable access to services for all women.
Moo Baulch: (NSW) Chief Executive Officer at DV NSW, the peak, state-wide representative body for a diverse range of specialist domestic and family violence services in New South Wales. Moo has a passion for improving service and policy responses, particularly to communities that have barriers to access including LGBTIQ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Carolyn Fromhader: (TAS) Executive Director of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA). Carolyn has held this position for more than 17 years, working at the national and international levels to promote and protect the human rights of women and girls with disabilities. In 2001, Carolyn received the ACT Woman of the Year Award and in 2009, in recognition of her human rights work, she was inducted into the Tasmanian Women’s Honour Roll.
Alison Macdonald: (VIC) Policy and Program Manager at Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for women and children’s family violence services in Victoria. Alison has worked in this role for eight years, during which she has concentrated on family violence law reform, homelessness policy, integrated family violence reform and primary prevention of violence against women among other areas. She has previously worked in the sexual and reproductive health and international development fields.
Diane Mangan: (QLD) Steering Committee member of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ); Chief Executive Officer at DV Connect. Diane is also a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Crisis Lines of Australia Network.
Jo Sheehan Patterson: (Rural Victoria) Chairperson of The National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV), the peak body for organisations who work with victim/survivors of sexual violence and who work to prevent sexual violence. Jo is also the Chief Executive Officer at Mallee Sexual Assault Unit Inc
Liz Snell: (NSW) Member of coordinating committee of Women’s Legal Services Australia; Law Reform and Policy Coordinator at Women’s Legal Services NSW. Liz has a background in human rights law, policy and education. 
Sue Underhill: (SA) Member of the Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services of South Australia (CWDVSSA), a South Australian Peak Body lobbying and advocating for the elimination of violence against women and children. Sue is also Director of Services at Southern Domestic Violence Service Inc.
Pauline Woodbridge OAM: (Regional QLD) Member of the WESNET National Committee, WESNET is the national peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence. Pauline is also Coordinator of the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service and the Chairperson of Homelessness Australia.

Specialist sexual assault services

Lynn Berger: (SA) Senior Social Worker at Yarrow Place, Rape and Sexual Assault Service in Adelaide. Lynn possesses over 17 years of clinical experience in trauma, gendered violence, counselling and training. She has been professionally employed in Canada, Vietnam, Germany and Australia.
Samantha Bowden: (NT) Darwin based consultant whose expertise is best practice based responses to and prevention of sexual assault. A former Coordinator of Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape (2009–2014), she is also a founding member of the Darwin LGBT rights group, Rainbow Territory.
Jackie Burke: (NSW) Clinical Director of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia. Jackie is a registered psychologist and co-pioneered the Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia’s award winning Vicarious Trauma Management Program and provides consultation to a diverse range of agencies on the topic.
Alison Fonseca: (Regional Victoria) Clinical Manager at Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault. She is a registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in the area of psychological trauma. Alison’s role on the PEG has been endorsed by the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault peak body – the CASA Forum.

Specialist domestic and family violence services

Ruth Bamford: (TAS) Specialised Family Violence Co-ordinator at CatholicCare Tasmania Family Services. The Specialised Family Violence Service provides whole-of-family, client tailored interventions to individuals and families affected by family violence. Ruth is a trained family counsellor and an active member of the regional Domestic Violence Co-ordinating Committee (DVCC).
Jude Marshall(Regional Queensland) Service Manager at DV Resource Service Mackay and Region. Jude is also the secretary of the Queensland DV Services Network, on the steering group of the EVAWQ and on the advisory group of the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance.
Rodney Vlais: (VIC) Manager at No To Violence (NTV), the Male Family Violence Prevention Association and the Victorian state-wide peak body working with men to end their violence against family members. Rodney is passionate about family & domestic violence perpetrator interventions and accountability processes and the social mobilisation of men towards challenging white male supremacy.

Specialist women’s health sector

Dr Alison Evans: Executive Officer of the Women’s Community Health Network WA. The Network is the peak body for women’s health and community services across Western Australia. Alison represents the Network on a number of roundtables, forums and leadership/working groups including the Family and Domestic Violence Community Sector Roundtable (Department of Child Protection &Family Support) and the Housing Advisory Roundtable (Department of Housing).
Rhonda Garad: (VIC) Health Promotion Manager at Women's Health in the South East (WHISE). Rhonda has a very strong interest in evidence translation practice having led a three year national translation and dissemination program in an area of women’s reproductive health. She is also completing a PhD focused on the health literacy needs of CALD communities.

Broader community services sector responding to violence against women

Paula Mance: (ACT) National Policy Manager at Relationships Australia. Relationships Australia has been delivering counselling, dispute resolution, children’s services, relationship and professional education, and specialist services targeted at reducing family violence for more than 60 years. Prior to joining Relationships Australia, Paula worked for 20 years in senior research and policy roles in the Commonwealth public service.
Jodie Sloan: (SA) Program Manager/ Deputy CEO at Victim Support Service South Australia. Jodie is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day coordination, quality and performance of core services for victims of crime throughout South Australia. She has 20 years’ experience in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields.
Kylie Woodward: (ACT) Executive Officer (EO) to the Victims of Crime Commissioner (VoCC) for the ACT.  A social worker with direct practice and policy experience, Kylie has a strong interest in promoting best practice in family violence responses, including law reform, in the ACT.  Kylie enjoys working closely with frontline services to develop policy positions and collaborative activities.