The Staff and Board work together in partnership to ensure that Women’s Health and Equality Queensland functions as an effective and dynamic organisation.
Emma Iwinska - CEO
As the CEO at Women’s Health and Equality Queensland, Emma’s role is to purposefully design the strategic vision for the organisation while supporting every aspect of WHEQ 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 WHEQ, who pour their heart, strength, wisdom and humour into WHEQ and our mission to advance the wellbeing of all women.
Morgana - Operations and Policy Coordinator
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 WHEQ, 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.
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 WHEQ is valuable to many women in our community and enjoys being one of the supporting staff to assist our frontline support workers.
Danika- Administration Officer
Danika is the Administration Officer for WHEQ. She is passionate about social structures and dismantling systems of oppression and marginalisation. Danika see’s the work WHEQ do as critically important for gender equity, the health and wellbeing of Queensland women, and an effective model of support work informing appropriate advocacy, educational and primary prevention work.
Danika is currently studying towards a Master of International Relations. She loves being able to use administrative and operational skills to support the work that is done by all the incredible women at WHEQ.
Melissa - Senior Practitioner (Health and Equality Team)
Mel is a community development practitioner, facilitator, nurse, mum and agent of change. She has worked with families and communities from diverse ages and backgrounds for over 20 years.
Mel is enthusiastic about building on the strengths and passions within community to create social change and better health outcomes for women. Her role at WHEQ is focused on equity, diversity and the primary prevention of gender-based violence in Queensland.
Charlotte- Education and Communications Practitioner (Health and Equality Team)
Charlotte is passionate about creating healthy and safe communities for marginalised peoples. In her role, she works with community members to educate on violence prevention and gender equality, with a focus on young people.
She also oversees all our communications, from social media and branding to resources and graphic design. She believes that design can bring awareness and advocacy to equality.
Mandy - Team Leader (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Mandy is the Team Leader of the Counselling Team at WHEQ. 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.
Kylie- Facilitator & Case Manager (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Kylie is the Women’s Wellbeing Facilitator & Case Manager at WHEQ. She has over twenty years experience working within the Community sector, as an experienced leader, manager, group facilitator and coach across youth homelessness and women’s health and wellbeing.
She passionately advocates for marginalised groups, working to help them overcome barriers so they can be the best version of themselves and find pathways to re-connect with their community, after the impacts of loneliness and social isolation. She is also experienced in business management from conception upwards. Kylie pioneered the 9th social enterprise to be certified in Australia, building a successful national social enterprise with 5 revenue streams that continues strongly today.
Kylie is driven by connection- she believes to create connection is what drives and guides everything that she does and has done. She believes that everyone wants to be heard, to be seen and to feel like they belong.
Angela - Counsellor and Social Worker (Women's Wellbeing Team)
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.
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.
Gita - Counsellor (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Gita is a counsellor at WHEQ. 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 (Women's Wellbeing Team)
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.
Claire- Counsellor (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Claire is trained as a counsellor and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. Her work as a counsellor has primarily been in the gendered violence sector working with people who have experienced domestic and family violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse including historical & ritual abuse.
Claire utilizes a gentle, trauma-informed, integrative approach to therapy with the aim to provide a safe and collaborative process and with a focus on holistic wellness.
As a qualified Pilates instructor, Claire is also passionate about incorporating a body-oriented approach in counselling to assist healing and recovery. She is trained in trauma-informed yoga and can incorporate this into counselling sessions.
Michelle- Counsellor (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Michelle has 15 years’ experience working therapeutically with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Michelle holds a master’s degree in Counselling from QUT as well as qualifications in Community Services Coordination, Case Management, supervision and training.
Michelle’s experience with women, families, and young people, allows her to bring flexibility, creativity and compassion to her work. She is interested in the uniqueness and individuality of each woman, supporting you to reconnect with your own hopes for how you want to live your life. Her passion is working with women who feel ready and committed to their own healing journeys and she believes that in a safe, non-judgemental space, growth and healing is always possible.
Alice- RAP Chair (Consultant)
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 supports and advises WHEQ on Indigenous related work and affairs. Alice has lead the development and implementation of our 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 and Equality Queensland wants to support you to find the best service for you.
Trina- Media Specialist (Consultant)
Trina came to WHEQ 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 and Equality Queensland lift its public profile and build bridges to individuals and bodies with similar objectives.