Chair & Founder: Dr Linny Kimly Phuong
Linny is currently an Infectious Diseases fellow at The Royal Children's Hospital. She holds a MBBS, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and Diploma in Child Health; and is currently studying a Masters in Public Health at Melbourne University.
Linny has a genuine interest in public health, in particular in the areas of refugee health and children's health; and also has an interest in medical education. She has big hopes for The Water Well Project as the Chair and Founder of the organisation. She believes that our organisation is unique as it direct links between doctors and other healthcare professionals with communities from refugee background. She hopes that sessions delivered by The Water Well Project empower communities to improve their health, and the health of their families and friends. She also feels that healthcare professionals who volunteer with the organisation gain valuable experiences in utlising their knowledge to work with CALD communities, and improve their communication skills.
Deputy Chair: Dr Coen Butters
Coen is a paediatric doctor with an interest in infectious diseases, general paediatrics and refugee health. He has been involved with several not-for-profit organisations in the past and helped establish the Nicholas Trust, a children's charity dedicated to palliative care in his home city of Newcastle, NSW. He recently returned from 12 months volunteering in the Pacific with a focus on health systems development.
Coen is passionate about innovative approaches to health education. As Deputy Chair of The Water Well Project, Coen will oversee the growth of the organisation and ensure volunteers have the resources to continue providing high quality education sessions in a wide variety of settings. Coen was drawn to The Water Well Project by its community-focused approach and its dedicated commitment to improving health outcomes for people of refugee and asylum seeker background.
Treasurer: Dr Timothy Martin
Tim is undertaking his basic paediatric training and is passionate about the intersection between health equity, research and politics. He has furthered these interests through completion of a MBBS (Hons), Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) and Diploma of Child Health. Tim has been involved with various advocacy campaigns and initiatives aiming to promote refugee and asylum seeker health, raise awareness regarding the link between climate change and health and address health inequity. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of Treasurer, having being involved at an Executive level in several national and local medical student organisations and as a Water Well Project volunteer of 4 years.
Secretary: Mrs Isabelle Higgins
Isabelle is an engineer now working as an independent consultant with expertise in Sustainability and Environmental management. Isabelle is passionate about the environment and social justice. For over 10 years, she has volunteered for food relief and wildlife protection agencies. In particular, she has set up the education program for Wildlife Victoria, which has reached over 2500 students per year since 2014. Coming from overseas, she understands how important it is to help migrants, refugees and asylum seekers feel welcomed and integrated into their local community. She believes that education is the key to empowering these communities to improve their health and therefore is keen to contribute to The Water Well Project.
Digital Manager: Mr Alessio Bresciani
Alessio Bresciani is a digital strategist and channel manager with over 15 years experience in digital, across marketing, e-commerce, online sales, and digital and mobile strategy. Alessio has worked for companies like Australia Post, Coles, ANZ and GSK, and as a previous lecturer in Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University has a keen eye on strategic trends. You can follow him on Twitter or read his weekly blog at www.alessiobresciani.com.
Volunteer Engagement Officer: Dr Ashleigh McLean
Ashleigh is currently undertaking her Paediatric training at The Royal Children's Hospital, and has a keen interest in refugee, tropical and public health. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) and Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) in 2014, she has continued to pursue these interests with a Diploma of Child Health, and her current undertaking of the Master of Public Health. Having completed a Paediatric medical elective in Cambodia, she hopes to one day bring her skills in Paediatrics and public health to this region. She has been a volunteer with The Water Well Project for two years, and is passionate about helping the organisation to grow and continue to engage with the fantastic group of volunteers who generously contribute their time.
Programs Officer: Ms Nicole Bate
Nicole runs the tele-health program at Monash Children’s which aims to provide equitable access to specialists services for all children regardless of where they live. She has worked at Monash Health for many years. Previously working in Monash Lung and Sleep as a respiratory scientist/exercise physiologist and as a clinical trial coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Science and Graduate Diploma of education (Secondary).
Nicole is committed to improving the health and well being outcomes of individuals and communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker background and sees The Water Well Project as a powerful tool to improve outcomes through education and empowerment. Her role at The Water Well Project is to ensure that health education sessions our target communities, and also to strengthen relationships and drive the growth of our organisation.
Evaluation Officer: Dr Adam Gascoigne
Adam graduated with an MBBS in 2010 before completing his internship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is currently a postgraduate research student enrolled in a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Adam also holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy, and has a long-standing interest in global health and health education. During his medical training, he spent an elective rotation at the Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was involved in a study of the medical effects of arsenic contamination of groundwater. As a result of this he gained valuable insight into the significant benefits of health education for disadvantaged communities, and the important role of health practitioners in health advocacy. He joined the Water Well Project as a volunteer in September 2013, and looks forward to continue being involved with the organisation as a facilitator and committee member.
Evaluation Officer: Ms Emily Lawson
Emily Lawson has worked in public health research and evaluation roles for over seven years and is currently a Senior Research Officer in local government. Emily’s research has spanned a range of public health areas including lifestyle intervention for chronic disease, nutrition policy and the physical and mental health of asylum seekers. She has also been a Registered Nurse and completed a Masters of Public Health in 2012. Emily joined the Water Well Project as a volunteer in July 2017, and will focus on the way in which we can use evaluation data for continuous improvement, to make evidence-informed decisions and demonstrate our collective achievements.
Resources Officer: Dr Alan Nguyen
Alan is a current paediatric trainee through the Victorian Paediatric Training network, involving clinical experiences through The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital and other rotating clinical sites. His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Hons), Diploma of Child Health and Masters of Paediatric Medicine.
Alan passionately believes in the essential nature of grassroots education as a pathway to health literacy and autonomy. Grounded by experiences gathered whilst overseas volunteering in Vietnam and inspired by the life experiences of his family, Alan is excited to be involved in the development of The Water Well Project and its community.
Resources Officer: Ms Julie Hjorth
Julie is an osteopath who runs a practice in Williamstown, Victoria and also works as a clinical supervisor for osteopathic students at RMIT University. She holds a Bachelor in Applied Science (Comp Med), Masters in Osteopathy and a Graduate Diploma in Public Health. Julie has a passion for public health and believes that strong community health programs are fundamental to improving health determinants globally.
Since 2008 Julie has volunteered in Bihar, India - helping to structure health literacy and disease prevention lessons through facilitating the work of village health educators. Julie is grateful for the chance to be part of The Water Well Project team, and looks forward to seeing the positive impact the project has on the refugee community of Victoria.
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 Monash University Teddy Bear Hospital. She has been a volunteer with The Water Well Project since 2013 and is currently working to expand the project into NSW.
NSW Liaison Officer: Dr Brian Fernandes
Dr. Brian Fernandes is an Australian medical doctor, presently working in Sydney. He has a Masters of Health Policy(Distinction) from the University of Sydney where he is an Associate Conjoint Lecturer and teaches population health to final year medical students. During his medical training, Brian worked for the World Health Organisation in Geneva during the 2014 Ebola outbreak where he worked on the delivery of equipment to prevent the transmission of disease for frontline healthcare workers. Brian is incredibly passionate about refugee health, being one of the founding committee members for Doctors For Refugees. He looks forward to seeing The Water Well Project spread its wings into NSW over the coming years.
NSW Liaison Officer: Dr Nicky Betts
Nicky is a resident at Concord Hospital and will undergo physician training at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2018. He holds a particular interest in Infectious Diseases, and hopes to combine that with his enthusiasm for refugee health and advocacy. He also plans to study a Masters of Public Health after completing specialty training. Throughout medical school, Nicky got involved with any global health initiative he could, and admired the Water Well Project from afar, wishing there was a similar organisation in NSW. Lo and behold, he was over the moon to discover several years later that his wishes had finally been granted.
Amanda commenced her career as a registered nurse in Victoria where she worked in a variety of clinical settings. After completing Masters of Public Health and International Development she worked overseas in refugee and humanitarian settings before returning to Australia to work in the government sector managing health programs. She currently works at the Heart Foundation, where she supports public hospitals across Victoria to improve education provided to cardiac patients.
Amanda believes that patients should have access to information to help them make decisions affecting their health. If patients understand what is happening to them and what they can do to maintain their health, they will feel more in control and ask the right questions when dealing with health professionals.
Volunteer Engagement Subcommittee: Ms Grace Tay
Grace has a background in Human Resources, with experience in Employer Branding, Organisation Development, Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion. As part of her corporate role, she works with various groups of people including corporate, non-profits, Scholarship Foundation and higher education institutes to run events and programmes.
Growing up, her parents’ tireless commitment to improve the wellbeing of the indigenous communities in Malaysia have inspired her to want to make an impact to society. New to Australia and currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration, Grace is keen to use her skill set and experience to contribute to the community through The Water Well Project.
Project Administrator: Ms Jennifer Keyes
Jennifer graduated with a Masters in Business from University College Dublin in 2000. Following a period of working in the corporate/business environment; she transitioned into the Community Development sector and has spent over a decade working across a broad range of development projects both domestically and overseas.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2009, she coordinated various micro-finance and development projects with local and international NGOs in East and Southern Africa. Her most recent position was as Program Coordinator with Save the Children, with responsibility for the development and implementation of a range of programs to meet the needs of the Victorian refugee, migrant and asylum seeking community.
She has extensive volunteer and stakeholder management experience and has worked with and served on various community and NGO committees. Jennifer is a strong advocate for refugee health and well being, with a particular interest in early childhood. She is very enthusiastic to be joining The Water Well Project team and is looking forward to helping the organisation grow, as it continues its health empowerment mission.
Previous Committee Members & Supporters
Volunteer Engagement: Ms Lynette Phuong
Lynette holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce with majors in International Commerce, German Studies and Spanish Studies, as well as a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Melbourne majoring in Global Health.
Lynette recently returned from Mongolia where she worked with the Mongolian Public Health Professionals' Association. This year, Lynette is celebrating her 10th year of volunteering with the Australian Red Cross where her biggest achievement to date was representing the National Society as a youth delegate at the 2009 World Red Cross Red Crescent 'Youth on the Move' Conference in Solferino, Italy. She is excited that her new appointment as Volunteer Engagement Officer will enable her to draw on her strong interpersonal skills and experiences in a variety of roles within the community sector.
Her parents' refugee experience inspires her to give back the community and make an impact. For this reason she is very much looking forward to working with The Water Well Project whose vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by improving health literacy.
Secretary: Ms Michelle Lam
Michelle is a public-sector performance advisor with a passion for public health and social policy. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. As a seasoned communications, government relations and fundraising professional, Michelle has been dedicated to working with and volunteering for health, social justice and animal rights charities around the world. Being a newcomer to Australia, she hopes to contribute to the country’s support programs for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by being involved with The Water Well Project.
Resource Coordinator: Dr Rachel Goh
Rachel is an Emergency registrar at St Vincent's Hospital with a special interest in Ophthalmology and a Master of Public Health. She was delighted to join The Water Well Project after graduating with an MBBS and a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2012. Her experiences working and volunteering with disadvantaged minorities, including supporting adults with an intellectual disability through Wavlink Neighbourhood House and running sport programs for Indigenous schoolchildren in remote Northern Territory with Linkz Incorporated, kindled a passion for using health literacy to empower communities. She also advocates for equitable health care for all Australians through leadership roles in the Australian Medical Association.
Mariko is an experienced business and strategy development manager, and has advised clients from commercial, government and Not For Profit organisations in Australia, Europe and Africa. Mariko holds a MBA from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Commerce and Psychology from the University of Melbourne.
Mariko is passionate about social innovation, and excited by the opportunities for businesses to play a greater role to address social problems, whilst also achieve their financial objectives. As Fundraising Officer of The Water Well Project, Mariko's focus is to develop and diversify income streams to provide greater financial sustainability and support the organisation’s rapid growth.
Evaluation Officer: Dr Kate Middleton
Kate is currently on maternity leave from her work as a junior doctor in Paediatrics. She graduated from her MBBS in 2014 and has completed a Diploma in Child Health. Prior to enrolling in her medical studies, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and worked in research looking at recovery of quality of life after heart attacks and bypass surgery. During this time, she interviewed people from all walks of life at the bedside and during their recovery. She has a passion for improving health literacy and providing understandable and relevant health information to communities. She became involved in the Water Well Project as a volunteer in 2014 and joined the committee in 2015.
Comms & Marketing Officer: Ms Avi Tan
Avi is a driven public affairs professional with a rich understanding of the Australian media landscape having worked as the public relations lead in two large corporates. Armed with a proven track record in public relations and stakeholder engagement experience, Avi is looking to give back to society and make an impact outside of her day job.
Avi comes to The Water Well Project after volunteering with other not-for-profits for almost ten years, four of which were in the role of the Deputy Chair on the Committee of Management in two other organisations. Avi is particularly interested in issues that refugees and immigrants from a non-English speaking background, having moved to Australia from Singapore in 2002 and possessing an inkling of what it feels like to be culturally different and to be treated like this.
Sasha is a medical doctor with a background in Anaesthesia who has transitioned into medical advisory work and consumer health medical writing. She is currently pursuing an interest in public health and health policy, and is undertaking a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.
Sasha has a keen interest in migrant and refugee health, as well as health education and health literacy more broadly. Having joined The Water Well Project as a volunteer in 2014, she is excited to now be taking on the role of Project Administrator to further support The Water Well Project
Programs Officer: Ms Maree Bouterakos
Maree is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds a Masters in Dietetics and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) from Deakin University. Maree's interest in global health led her to also complete a Certificate in Global Health Challenges at the University of Copenhagen. Maree has experience in public health research and international development and is currently living in Sri Lanka engaged in nutrition programs at a community level. Maree is committed to improving population health and quality of life through health education, advocacy and collaboration. Maree enjoyed being part of The Water Well Project team, learning from each other and supporting program delivery by mapping the organisations sessions and engaging more dietitians to deliver nutrition sessions.
Deputy Chair: Ms Alexia Miller
Alexia trained as a Speech Pathologist and worked predominantly in acute and subacute hospitals both in Australia and the UK. With an interest in public health policy, she completed a Masters of Public Health and Management in 2012. Alexia is currently on maternity leave from her policy and project management role at the Victorian Department of Health.
Alexia’s interest in health and her belief in the importance of ensuring that all members of our community are empowered to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their family led her to become involved in The Water Well Project. She is excited to be taking on the role of Deputy Chair and working with the team to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.
Resource Coordinator: Dr Sarbjoth Veriah
Sarbjoth is a Physiotherapist currently working in a private practice setting in Kooyong as well as at Knox Private Hospital. Sarbjoth graduated from Monash University in 2009, and spent two and half years working with Monash Health before heading to Jinja in Uganda where she spent two months volunteering with an NGO in community health and health education. Sarbjoth is also currently completing a Masters in Public Health. She is also actively involved with her Sikh community leadership workshops in Melbourne. She is passionate about health, community and in improving health programs and education for refugee and disadvantaged communities in Australia.
Geelong Liaison Officer: Dr Sarah Mansfield
Sarah is a general practitioner working at Point Lonsdale Medical Group, Victoria and The Living Room Primary Care Service in Melbourne. She is also a medical educator with Murray City Country Coast General Practice training. She graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2007 with an MBBS(Hons) and Bachelor of Medical Science, and then worked for a number of years in emergency medicine. In 2012, she completed a Masters of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Economic and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has previously worked with refugee communities in Melbourne with English-language skills and health information programs, and found it to be personally very rewarding and a valuable learning experience. This contributed to a strong interest in improving accessibility of health care, particularly through knowledge transfer and empowerment.
Volunteer Engagement: Dr Niranjan Sathianathen
Niranjan is currently a Urology Research Fellow at University of Minnesota, USA. Having grown up in Sri Lanka and travelled extensively, he was inspired to connect with people from all walks of life, especially those most disadvantaged. Niranjan joined The Water Well Project after discovering its ability to empower others to make positive change through health literacy education.
Geelong Liason Officer: Dr Courtney Gardner
Courtney is a resident at Barwon Health in Geelong after completing her MBBS in 2013 at Deakin University. Her career before medical school included international development and refugee health. This work has been supported by a Masters degree in Public Health completed in 2004 at Emory University with a focus international community health and development. Helping to bring the Water Well Project to Geelong works toward one of Courtney’s career aims, which is to make health information accessible to underserved populations.
Treasurer: Mr Tristan Brumby-Rendell
Tristan is a psychologist current working in secondary schools throughout Melbourne. He developed his interest for preventative and adolescent health after working in acute psychiatry and juvenile justice. In 2012, Tristan was based in Hanoi, Vietnam training local staff in suicide prevention and crisis based counselling and developed a deep appreciation of the need for strong community supports and health education programs. Since returning from this role, Tristan completed a Masters in Professional and Applied Ethics, and volunteered with the Water Well Project before becoming Treasurer in 2014. Tristan believes thatThe Water Well Project plays a vital role in linking health professionals with refugee and migrant populations and is passionate about continuing to empower and improve the health of CALD communities.
Communications Officer: Dr Thomas Gin
Thomas graduated with a MBBS (Hons) and Bachelor of Medical Science in 2013. Thomas is now an Ophthalmology Trainee in Victoria. His experiences with CALD communities locally, through The Water Well Project and RISE, as well as on several overseas aid posts, have kindled his keen interest in refugee, migrant and global health. Tom is proud to have been part of The Water Well Project Team as the Communications Officer and endeavours in the future to help reduce visual impairment, and improve access to eye health, both locally and abroad.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of International Development and a Masters of International Relations. She is a passionate social justice advocate and believes in the power of small committee_wendyinitiatives leading to greater change. She has worked extensively with asylum seekers and refugee communities throughout Melbourne, primarily assisting in the early stages of settlement. Wendy also has a wealth of administration and organisational experience, which she has applied in a variety of positions with NGOs in Australia in recent years. Having spent many years living and travelling in various parts of South East Asia, Wendy has developed a keen sense of awareness of the unique needs of people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.
Empowering people to enable them to fully participate in our society is a high priority for Wendy. She believes that being involved in The Water Well Project is one way to support people settling in our community to achieve this aim.
Secretary: Dr Kate Gazzard
Kate is a resident doctor at Monash Health with the career ambition to become a paediatrician. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2012, and is currently completing a Diploma of Child Health. Kate has traveled to hospitals in Africa and South-East Asia, and hopes to work with children in disadvantaged areas both in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about equity in health and medical education, and is a representative on the Monash Doctors Education team, the Victorian JMO Executive Committee and PMCV Accreditation subcommittee. She loved delivering health education sessions to refugee communities with The Water Well Project and believes it is a valuable connection between health professionals and refugees.
Ali is currently an intern at Monash Health. Along with a medical degree from Monash University, Ali holds a masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has worked extensively in the health industry, particularly with chronic disease management, neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation and spinal disease. He has an interest in public health and is actively engaged in public health research. He volunteers regularly, providing contributions to dynamic groups such as C8 Journey's Bounce Project, The Water Well Project and Ignite Global Health Group Inc. He has also worked in the corporate setting and has taken further studies in business.
Events Coordinator: Ms Lucy Willis
Hailing from Wales in the United Kingdom, Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science Sport Management degree which she completed at Plymouth University. Lucy currently heads the marketing department for a medical recruitment agency and has significant experience in strategic marketing and several years working directly with the medical profession. Lucy has implemented a “Wise and Well” initiative which aims to promote health related initiatives in the workplace.
After the completion of her degree, Lucy travelled extensively throughout South East Asia and spent time helping the local residents rebuild their lives after the Boxing Day tsunami. Since this time, Lucy has been searching to work with different cultures and refugee communities and so is excited to be on board The Water Well Project.
Dr Caitlin O’Mahony (Deputy Chair 2012-2014 and Initial Steering Committee)
Caitlin completed her MBBS at the University of Melbourne in 2008, after a Bachelor of Science (Hons), and is commencing General Practice training in 2013. Caitlin developed an interest in global and indigenous health from medical school through placements in the Northern Territory and rural Victoria and has since travelled extensively to Africa, Asia and Central/South America where she has seen the plight of disadvantaged communities first hand, inspiring further work in this area. She also has a passion for medical education and women’s health, further established through her role as Victorian JMO Forum Chair and National Chair and the completion of a Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Caitlin is excited by the opportunity to be involved in The Water Well Project to gain invaluable experience working with different cultures and build relationships with local migrant and refugee communities through the delivery of relevant interactive health information sessions.
Dr Genna Verbeek (Evaluation Officer 2013-2014)
Genna is an anaesthetic trainee in the Eastern Victorian training program, primarily at the Alfred Hospital, after completing her MBBS (Hons) and Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) at Monash University in 2013. She held the national and trans-national co-ordinator roles for the undergraduate group, Crossing Borders for Health, in 2012-2013. This group aims to link students with recently arrived asylum seekers in detention centres and in the community to foster the mutual understanding of health issues, and to provide much-needed friendship and emotional support. The Water Well Project team has been a continual source of inspiration for Genna, and she is excited about the ongoing expansion of the project regionally, and the strength of the project from a community health literacy perspective.
Dr Olivia Smibert (Resource Coordinator 2013-2014)
Olivia is currently a basic physician trainee at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with a special interest in Infectious Diseases. She is also interested in Public Health and Ethics having represented Australia at the European Summer Academy of Bioethics and Bio-politics as a medical student and subsequently co-created the first medical students bioethics society in Australia. She is also interested in infectious diseases and research and has recently undertaken the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Liverpool University in the UK and is currently working on the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Research at Monash. Olivia is learning Spanish and hoping one day to work in Latin and South America with MSF developing primary and preventative health care programs. In her spare time Olivia is a full time Gleek and attempting to train to run her second marathon.
David has a longstanding passion for global health and reducing inequality among marginalised communities both at home and abroad. He holds MBBS (Hons)and BMedSci (Hons) degrees from Monash University, and has spent considerable time working with clinical, non-government, and community-sector organisations in Australia and in several overseas countries. In 2010 David completed an internship at the World Health Organisation in Geneva and in 2011 was a delegate to the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York. He is currently undertaking a critical care residency at The Alfred Hospital and cherishes the interactions with refugees and other enthusiastic junior doctors that involvement with The Water Well Project affords.
Maie is a Paediatric Registrar at the Royal Children's Hospital who grew up in country Victoria and completed her medical degree in Queensland. Since finishing her Paediatric FRACP exams, she has been working with The Water Well Project to develop useful topic templates and resources for our volunteers. She enjoys learning about different cultures and countries from The Water Well community participants and in the process- learning about better ways to communicate health information.
Dr Ghazaleh Dashti (Evaluation Officer 2014)
Ghazaleh holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from her home country, Iran and has recently completed a Master of Public Health at The University of Melbourne, specialising in epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health. Passionate about improving population health, she started working with minority and disadvantaged groups in Iran during her years at dental school. It was throughout this experience and her travels across India and East Asia that she realised more than ever how cultural, educational, and economical factors affect the health status of a community. Ghazaleh is excited about working with The Water Well Project, believing that health literacy is one of the most important components of enabling refugee and migrant communities to promote their health status.
Ms Erin Ablett (Secretary & Evaluation Officer 2012-2013)
Erin holds a Bachelor of Health Science and is currently consulting as a naturopath and nutritionist in an integrative pharmacy in Melbourne. Her desire to educate and inspire health in wider populations prompted further studies. She is now in her final year of a Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University, specialising in health promotion, health program evaluation and health policy. Erin writes health and nutrition articles as well as presenting health and nutrition seminars and cooking demonstrations in work places. She currently facilitates a food rescue program and the AFL respect and responsibility program. Erin also has volunteer roles working with different refugee populations, relating to healthy eating, nutrition and gardening. Erin has a strong interest in refugee health and is looking forward to being a part of The Water Well Project.
Dr Anna Brischetto (Project Administrator- 2012-2013 and Initial Steering Committee)
Anna is medical registrar with an interest in infectious diseases currently on Maternity Leave from the Alfred Hospital. She graduated from UQ medical school in QLD in 2005, and has since worked in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Melbourne and in County Cork in Ireland. She passed her physician specialist exams in 2011 and is hoping to specialise in Infectious Diseases. Anna loves to travel, visiting such destinations as Nepal, East Africa, much of Western Europe and South America over the past 5 years. Her experiences in these countries has awakened a strong interest in refugee medicine, which as why she was so eager to be a part of The Water Well Project. Through the project she sees a way to be able to help some of the many refugee groups in her area to be able to make their transition into the community smoother by imparting some of her specialised medical knowledge. She is also looking forward to learning more about their culture and is sure she will gain just as much from the experience as she hopes the refugee groups gain from her.
Dr Kiran Manya (Secretary 2012 and Initial Steering Committee)
Dr Raf Ratinam (Logo Designer)
In 2012, Raf developed The Water Well Project logo. Raf currently works as a surgical registrar at Monash Health. He also has a background in 3D computer animation (Holmesglen TAFE) and works as a casual free-lance animator/artist mainly creating 3D medical animations. He aspires to become a plastic surgeon and wishes to continue dedicating a significant amount of his time to making medical educational graphics.