Women's Health and Equality Queensland
Emma Iwinska is the CEO of Women’s Health and Equality Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation leading the way 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.
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 loves working collaboratively and listening to the experts in women’s lives – women!
Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC)
Working from the ground up is at the core of Amie's approach. This passion for people and community has helped her lead successful social services in the Northern Territory, Regional New South Wales, and now as CEO for DVAC providing domestic, sexual and family violence support services in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Darling Downs regions.
Amie is passionate about reducing gender-based violence in our communities and believes that this is best achieved through collaboration. Her leadership style focuses on empowering innovative and resilient teams to deliver high quality services.
Amie has skills in senior management of human services, not-for-profit Governance and community development. Amie's qualifications include a BA Communications- Social Policy (University of Technology Sydney), Diploma of Management and Leadership (VERTO Institute), and is currently studying a Certificate of Not For Profit Governance (Governance Institute of Australia).
Beck is the CEO for DVConnect, Qld’s State-wide domestic violence 24/7 crisis response service, sexual assault helpline and specialist counselling partner for 1800RESPECT. Beck is deeply passionate about ensuring the safety, choices and dignity of people impacted by violence and that their diverse life experiences are acknowledged and respected.
As an inclusive queer feminist, Beck has dedicated her professional career to social justice; championing equality and self-determination through her work leading teams in adult, child and youth mental health (rural and remote), specialised domestic & family violence support and advocacy, women’s health, child protection, LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, family counselling and mediation services. Beck has expertise in the design and delivery of complex clinical services in a virtual environment.
Beck is the Deputy Managing Director of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation, Convenor of QLD Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN), Secretary for Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) and a member of the CALD Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Roundtable Advisory Group for the Qld State Government.
Sera's Women's Shelter
Kate has worked in the Women’s Services Sector for Seven years. Currently, she is the Co-ordinator for Sera’s Womens Shelter Inc, whereby she helps empower victims of domestic violence to build new lives with security and support. Through her work, women are provided with counselling, guidance, information as well as emotional and practical support to engender opportunities to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Kate holds a Bachelor of physiological science and has been published as a chapter co-author in ‘Demystifying criminal justice social work in India”. Kate currently serves as the secretariate of the North Queensland Women’s Services Network and has membership with Dovetail, Domestic Violence Integrated Response Group, and Housing and Homelessness Network.
Kate is highly committed to supporting the well-being of women and children faced with domestic and family violence. She values equity and demonstrates a strong commitment to making this a reality through her daily work and contributions to the sector.
Children by Choice
Daile is the CEO of Children by Choice, Queensland’s state-wide counselling, information and education service on all pregnancy options, including abortion, adoption and parenting. Children by Choice are leaders in advancing reproductive autonomy and access to compassionate abortion nationally.
In 2018 Daile led the Children by Choice campaign to decriminalise abortion in Queensland and she continues to advocate for free, safe, legal, compassionate and local abortion care for women and pregnant people.
Daile aligns with Children by Choice’s vision, working towards a world where people can freely and safely make their own reproductive and sexual health choices without barriers.
Daile is a member of the management committee of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland and part of the Women’s Health Services Alliance of Queensland. She is the Vice President of the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a non-executive board director.
Women's Legal Service Queensland
Nadia is the CEO of Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), a charitable organisation providing free legal advice and other key supporting services to women through a variety of pathways. WLSQ is committed to a society in which every woman can live free from violence and discrimination and receive a just and equitable outcome from legal and social systems.
Nadia has qualifications in law and business and is passionate about access to justice, legal services, and women's rights and safety. Nadia commenced her legal career with Legal Aid Queensland in 2005 and has a broad range of experience across a diverse range of roles in the corporate, profit-for-purpose, and community sector.
Nadia is focused on legal and social issues affecting women and working with a diverse network of organisations, supporters, and individuals who are united by a shared belief in protecting the rights of women.
Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects
Ria is the lead of Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, who as an activity of Micah Projects, are committed to providing services and opportunities in the community which create justice and respond to injustice.
Ria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, cross major in Human Services. Ria commenced her career in Queensland Corrective Services, working in frontline and operational roles as well as project and policy positions across the state of Queensland. Ria has since undertaken roles across the Specialist DFV sector including Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre's Integrated Response Manager, and leadership positions at Brisbane Domestic Violence Service. Ria also worked alongside a diverse group of stakeholders as Integration Manager for the former Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to implement the Brisbane DFV High Risk Team. Ria has been a national lead facilitator of Griffith University's MATE Bystander program and as a consultant subject matter expert to inform national service design and project implementation.
Ria is passionate about delivering innovative, creative and sustainable outcomes for social change & justice in our communities. Ria is committed to making a direct and genuine impact on ending violence against women at an individual and systems level, through collaborative partnerships with peers and following the lead and expertise of survivor advocates.