Meet The Team


Dr Linny Kimly Phuong is a Founder & Director of The Water Well Project. Outside of this dynamic and growing organisation, she is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Health, Cabrini Health and ...Read More
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Founder & Director: Dr Linny Kimly Phuong
Tim is training to be a General/Community Paediatrician and is passionate about the intersection between health equity and medical education. Tim has been involved with a number of advocacy campaigns and initiatives aiming to promote refugee and ...Read More
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Director (Treasurer): Dr Timothy Martin
Susan has more than 25 years’ experience working in the Australian public health system as a clinician, manager and senior executive. For 18 years she worked in the most culturally diverse health area in Australia with 39% of the population ...Read More
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Director: Ms Susan Burke
Julie is an osteopath who works in private practice in Victoria and as a clinical supervisor in the osteopathy program at RMIT University. She has a passion for health equity and believes that strong community health programs are fundamental to ...Read More
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Director: Ms Julie Hjorth
Akhil is a doctor who has a passion for health education and the health not-for-profit sector. He strongly believes in equity of access to health information and services, and enjoys using data driven approaches to help reach that goal. In addition ...Read More
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Director: Dr Akhil Bansal
Audrey is a purpose-driven executive with an MBA and over 15 years' experience working in marketing, scientific communications and corporate affairs with experience spanning across companies and business lines at varying stages of growth, from ...Read More
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Director: Ms Audrey Barucchi
Sheetal has practiced as a lawyer for 10 years in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, the Netherlands and England, working primarily on public interest law issues. She completed a Master of Law (LLM) at the University of Cambridge specialising ...Read More
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Director (Secretary): Ms Sheetal Balakrishnan
Tuula was appointed to the board of The Water Well Project in March 2023 and is a senior executive with over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has a wide-ranging skill set that spans across various areas, including ...Read More
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Director: Ms Tuula Keto
Tina is an experienced HR & OD professional with over 15 years of expertise spanning government, health, tech, finance, and energy sectors. She holds dual degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (History) and a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources). Tina ...Read More
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Director: Ms Tina Salameh


Rachel brings to the role of CEO broad experience gained across the not for profit, corporate, government and consulting sectors. Most recently, Rachel was the CEO of a charity that provides holidays and programs to families and carers ...Read More
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Ms Rachel Connor
Originally from Orange in Central West New South Wales, Della moved to Melbourne to complete further education and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Business Management) & Bachelor of Arts (Human Rights). Following an internship in the ...Read More
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Projects Co-ordinator: Ms Della Cudden
Zoë is a compassionate and dedicated healthcare professional, bringing together the expertise of a qualified registered nurse and midwife. With a diverse background encompassing emergency nursing, juvenile justice, and community nursing, Zoë has ...Read More
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Health Educator (VIC): Ms Zoë Beddoes
For over a decade Ruby has worked as an occupational therapist in paediatric and mental health settings including in community health teams, forensics, special schools and outpatients. She also has experience in health promotion capacity-building ...Read More
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Health Educator (VIC): Ms Ruby Rafalocz
Hanneke is a General Practitioner with over ten years experience, working in both Sydney and Regional areas. She has special interests in paediatrics, women’s health and mental health. Hanneke has a strong commitment to health equity. She is ...Read More
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Health Educator (NSW): Dr Hanneke Chudleigh
Claire is a physiotherapist who has a longstanding interest in health promotion and health education. Claire's clinical work has included working in W.A in regional and remote areas but most recently as part of a multidisciplinary team working in ...Read More
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Health Educator (TAS): Ms Claire Roberts
Caitlin joins The Water Well Project as a student from Monash University, completing her final requirements for her Bachelor of Global Studies, majoring in Human Rights. Caitlin is passionate about international justice with a particular interest in ...Read More
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Grant Writer: Ms Caitlin Douglas

Digital, Marketing & Communications

Thivvy is currently a Basic Physician Trainee at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He is passionate about migrant and refugee health, having grown up witnessing and assisting his father in helping migrant and refugee Tamils in Melbourne. He has ...Read More
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Digital Officer: Dr Thivvy Yogaparan
Lewis is a product owner and team leader for a leading provider of workflow software for Australian professionals. He has a Bachelor of Psychology and more than seven years’ experience in web application design and development, stakeholder ...Read More
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Digital Officer: Mr Lewis Sell
Adelle works in marketing and advertising, specialising in strategic campaign planning, with over 10 years experience, across marketing, advertising and digital broadcast. Adelle has worked internationally as well as locally across a variety of ...Read More
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Marketing & Comms Officer: Ms Adelle Sturges
Mon is in her fourth year of medical school at Monash University, with an interest in public health and health promotion. Mon has volunteered on several yearly mission trips to Cambodia alongside doctors who provided medical aid to those living in ...Read More
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Marketing & Comms Officer: Ms Mon Yi
Faizah is currently studying a Bachelor of Medicine at Monash University. She is also undertaking an honours degree related to the upper gastrointestinal system. Faizah has been a part of numerous volunteering and advocacy medical student-lead ...Read More
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Marketing & Comms Officer: Ms Faizah Alam
Prerana is a medical student at Deakin University with a strong passion for global health and education. Having lived in India, she has witnessed health poverty first-hand and believes that equitable healthcare access is a fundamental right and ...Read More
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Marketing & Comms Officer: Ms Prerana Ghosh


Sarah is a GP, with an interest in public health, health equity and education. She studied medicine in Melbourne, and undertook electives in India, Ethiopia and in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Sarah worked as a doctor in the Northern ...Read More
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Evaluations Officer: Dr Sarah Gelbart
Dr Andrew Joyce joined the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in 2014 having previously worked as a public health lecturer at Curtin University and then Monash University, together with stints as a primary school teacher and community development ...Read More
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Evaluations Officer: Dr Andrew Joyce


Janine is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience across finance, commercial business partnering and digital roles. She is excited about using her business acumen to provide support to The Water Well Project from a finance perspective in ...Read More
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Finance Member: Ms Janine Kwan
Sanchita is a seasoned accountant with over 18 years of experience in accounting, analytics, and commercial strategy. Over the years, she has honed her skills in financial analysis, strategic planning, and data-driven decision-making. Her experience ...Read More
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Finance Member: Ms Sanchita Shanbhag

General Members

Leisel is a Paediatric Registrar in NSW, she graduated in 2013 with an MBBS (Hons) in addition to a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Science) and a Diploma of Child Health. Leisel is passionate about health education and is a former Chair of the ...Read More
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General Member: Dr Leisel Trompf

Human Resources


Stephanie is a medical doctor training in obstetrics and gynaecology and based in Western Sydney. Throughout her training, she has been involved in delivering healthcare in developing countries as well as rural and remote communities in Australia. ...Read More
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Resource Officer (NSW): Dr Stephanie La
Teegan is a devoted science student at the University of Melbourne, currently serving as Resource Officer at The Water Well Project. Majoring in Immunology has instilled in her a strong exploratory mindset around health and wellbeing, and a ...Read More
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Resource Officer (VIC): Ms Teegan Zhang
Hirukshi is a recent Master of Public Health graduate with a bachelor's degree in medicine. She is extremely passionate about health equity and improving the health and well-being of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. Through her ...Read More
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Resources and CRM Officer: Hirukshi Bennett

State Liaisons

Aajuli is passionate about health promotion in her local Western Sydney community. She is a General Practitioner with several years of experience in managing acute and chronic conditions especially for members of culturally and linguistically ...Read More
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Liaison Officer (NSW): Dr Aajuli Shukla
Annabel Martin is a regional nephrologist based in Albury Wodonga. She completed her FRACP Nephrology in 2013 and has since become firmly embedded in regional nephrology, general medicine and obstetric medicine with a passion for regional training, ...Read More
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Albury Liaison Officer (VIC): Dr Annabel Martin

Volunteer Engagement

I’m a junior doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, having completed my medical training at Monash University. Alongside my clinical work, I also work for the Department of Health in the COVID-19 response as a Team Leader. Through these ...Read More
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Engagement Officer: Dr Emma Thompson
Lucy Steele is a medical student at The University of Melbourne with a passion for public health and social justice. She believes that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to attain good health outcomes, and that a proficiency in health-literacy ...Read More
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Engagement Officer: Ms Lucy Steele
Pretashini is current studying medicine at the University of Melbourne and is a strong advocate for health as a universal human right and believes that asylum seekers and refugees should have access all the same. She believes that health literacy is ...Read More
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Engagement Officer: Ms Pretashini Somasundram
Liz is an Emergency Registrar currently working in the west of Melbourne, after having worked in Darwin, Laos on an Australian Volunteer Placement and most recently in Hobart. Her particular interest in Emergency Medicine is the provision of ...Read More
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Alumni Officer: Dr Liz Wyatt