Melanie Baak

Melanie Baak

Dr Melanie Baak is a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of South Australia and the convenor of the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet). In recent research projects she has collaborated with several refugee background communities recently resettled in Australia to explore themes including; belonging, schooling and education, employment, identity, home, place, transition, family and gender. She is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage project exploring how schools foster refugee student resilience. Her book ‘Negotiating…

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Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark

Kathryn has 10 years experience working with diverse communities both locally and internationally in community development, program management, and research roles. She currently works as the Casework Program Manager at Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) based in Sydney. In collaboration with  STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors), Kathryn has co-facilitated the development of a peer-led support group of people seeking protection with diverse genders and sexualities. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of International Social Development and a Masters…

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Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan is a human rights advocate, public speaker and legally trained refugee law paralegal, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and Translation. In 2013 Mozhgan moved to Indonesia with her parents and younger brother. Over the next few years she became increasingly involved in supporting refugee communities, first as a trained interpreter by the American university of Cairo assisting the Suaka Legal Aid Program of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, then as a paralegal assisting asylum seekers to draft…

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Toni Maldari

Toni Maldari

Dr Toni Maldari has worked in refugee health for the past 12 years. She has previous experience working in rural and urban general practice and in Aboriginal health. Dr Maldari is currently the GP consultant at the Refugee Health Service (RHS) - formerly the Migrant Health Service — which is the state funded specialist service for newly arrived people from refugee and asylum seeking background in Adelaide. The RHS multi-disciplinary team provide holistic person centred care for families and individuals…

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Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun is a Senior Thailand Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights. She has more than 15-years of experience engaging on human rights issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia. With Fortify Rights, she works on issues related to people on the move, advocates for the protection of urban refugees and alternatives to detention, and has been working to develop a refugee screening mechanism. Puttanee has monitored one of Thailand's largest trafficking trials of officials complicit in trafficking of the Rohingya,…

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Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho is the Acting Co-Manager of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), and Manager of the Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS). MHSS is the only state-wide program that aims to prevent HIV, sexually transmissible infections, and viral Hepatitis amongst high prevalence refugee and migrant communities across Victoria. She has a background in Sociology and Community Development. Alison is a sitting member of the Victorian Ministerial Blood Borne Viruses Advisory Committee, a member of the Victorian Hepatitis…

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Lisa Button

Lisa Button

Lisa Button is a Policy Advisor for the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.  Lisa has worked in refugee and migration law and policy for the last decade, including in her current role with the Centre for Policy Development. Through her work with Save the Children Australia, she has recently played a central role in the creation of the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative and its development and promotion of an alternative policy model for sponsorship in Australia. Lisa will be joining the session "Reforming Australia's Community Sponsorship…

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Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion consultant. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders on inclusion issues. She has strong commercial acumen and ability to frame inclusion issues in a commercial context.  Margherita is a tertiary-qualified and industry accredited Trainer and Mediator. During her career, she also has honed and developed specialist skills in project management, mediation, facilitation, recruitment, and case…

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Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed (She/Her pronoun) is a Sydney based artist, writer and curator and is currently employed at Twenty10 as the Groups & Projects- Client Engagement Officer.  Twenty10 is a housing, counseling and social support service for LGBTQIA+ folks aged between 12 and 25 years. A major part of her job is facilitating social support groups, art workshops, and community development projects. Samia has exhibited within established institutions such as the Ideas Platform at Art Space, as part of the 2016…

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