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 of Women’s Health and Equality Queensland, Emma leads the organisation as specialists in gender equity and women’s health in Queensland. Nationally, Emma is a member of the Australian Women’s Health Network Board, which works collaboratively to improve women’s health policy and practice. At the state level, Emma is the Co-chair of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland, a peak body which brings together the women’s health, refuge, domestic and sexual violence sectors. Emma holds formal qualifications both in health and in higher education and embraces a philosophy of lifelong learning. Emma has worked in health for more than 20 years and has supported women in a range of diverse environments including crisis accommodation, substance rehabilitation, prison, maternity settings, private practice and tertiary education teaching clinics.
Emma’s work focusses on improving health outcomes and health equity for women and marginalised groups, and creating the structural and social change needed to stop men perpetrating gendered violence. Emma works to create communities built upon equity, respect, the celebration of diversity and the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the custodians and knowledge holders of the lands, seas, and skies where we all live, work and play.
Emma is a single mum with two awesome children, a cat and a bunch of possums who live in her roof and eat everything in the veggies garden.
Emma is passionate about working collaboratively and listening to the experts in women’s lives – 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.
Beth- Senior Practitioner (Health and Equality Team)
Beth is a Social Worker with over 23 years experience working in frontline service delivery, leadership, training and sector development across non-government, government and private enterprise. Beth’s experiences include running a community youth drop-in centre, leading teams supporting families with complex needs, partnering with leaders in remote communities in workforce development, implementing policy reform through place-based initiatives and working with organisations to implement recommendations from Royal Commissions. Central to her practice is a career long commitment to the safety and wellbeing of women and their children in the context of the communities that they belong to.
Beth knows what it takes to develop meaningful, pragmatic, and future-focussed professional development resources and engagements and brings this to her role as Education and Engagement Senior Practitioner at WHEQ.
Charlotte- Education and Communications Practitioner (Health and Equality Team)
Charlotte is an intersectional feminist passionate about creating healthy and safe communities for all. In her role, she works with community members to educate on violence prevention and gender equity, with a focus on young people and youth programs.
Charlotte also oversees and creates all our communications and resources, including social media, branding and graphic design. She believes that great design can bring awareness and advocacy to equality.
Outside of WHEQ, Charlotte is the Secretariat for Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ), a member of ERA’s Young Women’s Advisory Group, and a member of yourtown’s Youth LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council.
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- Groups Co-ordinator (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.
Natasha- Intake and Case Manager (Women’s Wellbeing Team)
Natasha’s passion lies with working alongside people who have experienced trauma; she strives to provide inclusive, compassionate, empowering, evidence-based support.
Natasha graduated as a Social Worker in 2017. She has worked in Australia and the UK mostly in community mental health as well as in public hospitals and homelessness services.
Gita - Counsellor and Group Facilitator (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 and Group Facilitator (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.
Adela- Counsellor (Women's Wellbeing Team)
Adela is a counsellor at WHEQ. She has worked with women for a long time providing sexual violence and domestic violence counselling. She has also worked with children.
Adela is an art therapist but also incorporates somatic, ACT and narrative practices. She is passionate about raising awareness on violence against women and supporting women survivors acknowledging that women are experts in their own life and have the resources to heal.
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.