AMWCHR – Report Findings to Mitigate Trauma for Women & Children

Congratulations to the #australianmuslimwomenscentreforhumanrights for the launch of 'Marrying Young' and the 'Out-Of-Home Care' resources, which as Chair of the Board, I had the pleasure of officiating at today's event.  This research signals vital information supporting the need for culturally specific services to resource young women and children towards improved wellbeing, agency and empowerment. Further, community led and community directed programs produced the highest buy-in from this cohort, demonstrating crucial rapport with services where clients [...]

July 12th, 2017|

Occupational Violence Kills our Life Savers 

The Australian Medical fraternity is deeply saddened by the death of heart surgeon, Mr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann who was fatally attacked with a one-hit punch while on duty last month, in a random act of violence perpetrated by a visitor at the hospital. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues at Box Hill hospital In his professional capacity, Mr Pritzwald-Stegmann was a highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeon, a member of AMA Victoria, [...]

June 27th, 2017|

Keeping The Faith- One Journey at aTime 

Commentary of the wanderlust kind, promoting Zanzibar - as part of #TheAge newspapers #Traveller lift-out report on 'Keeping the Faith'.  This edition by Brian Johnson, highlighted Muslim majority lead countries as travel destinations, debunking commonly held presumptions, including shoutout tips from myself (Zanzibar) Waleed Aly (Oman) Azahn Munas (Dubai) & Tahmina Rashid (Lahore). Honestly, it was a welcome joy to relate such insights in this climate . #zanzibar #roots #roads #stories #traveltheworld  

April 22nd, 2017|

Playing Like a Girl #winning

Am pleased to be supporting the obvious passion, via pathways through the 'Multicultural Women In Sport', inaugural launch. Multicultural Women in Sport is an organisation that is working towards the increasing participation of multicultural women in sports for empowerment, well-being The panellists for the event are: Margot Foster AM: Lawyer, Olympian, Chairman – Vicsport, Board Member – Olympians Club of Victoria, Committee Member – Women of the MCC; former director VicHealth, Australian Sports Commission, Gymnastics [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

Thank You to Everyday Heroes

As a Director on the Board of Ambulance Victoria, I am so very proud of the work of our first responders and our paramedics in particular.  This video, however, is an acknowledgement of thanks to the citizen responders who turned up in a show of heart warming unity to attend & support strangers during the carnage of the Bourke street car rampage two weeks ago. The spirit of Melburnians showing guts and grace under fire [...]

February 3rd, 2017|

Never Alone in the Fight for Survival 

Grateful to #RosieBatty for her tireless campaigning to end family violence & violence against women and children. Whether she's shining a light on communities efforts in this space in Melbourne, Alice Springs, FNQ, or overseas - Rosie's messaging is the same; violence is never acceptable and survivors are 'Never Alone'. Im honoured to be a recently appointed Director on the Luke Batty Foundation for which Rosie is CEO. Work in this space ensures diverse communities [...]

February 1st, 2017|

Womens March to End All

Am feeling unexpectedly optimistic- at the sight of millions of women converging across the globe in solidarity against sexism, racism and human rights abuses. Collectively, millions of voices are gaining momentum at a critical time. And while countering change will take more than a March, it is futile without investment from people at grassroots through to policy making levels - ALL starting from the same page. THIS is what this #WomensMarch represents to me; a shared [...]

January 22nd, 2017|

Frank, Sense & Myrrh: A Christmas Portrait with a twist

Thank you author and writer extraordinaire, Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race, Foreign Soil) for this candid portrait, for The Saturday Paper.  Over coffee and cheese pies we covered all things festive, fearful and forward thinking. With a salute to good bling, for good measure. It's not everyday you get to be interviewed by one of the country's finest writers, who by the way officially stated,  #slayed is the new #slew.

December 24th, 2016|

Netting Cultural Perspectives- a Sporting Chance

A terrific session this morning at Netball Australia, talking 'Cultural Perspectives'. My talk followed an inspiring presentation from Ali Tucker. Congrats to @netballaust for making inroads with new and established diverse communities - bridging differences through sport, thereby building a more understanding society. Gender discrimination in this country is reinforced further by racial profiling of men and women of colour. The way we approach this at recruitment level and mitigate implicit bias, determines how workplace [...]

November 22nd, 2016|

Deaths in Custody – A Criminal Act

Today in Coburg, I met with Larry- an indigenous man educating the community about the travesty of Aboriginal deaths in custody. This government's failure to protect almost 400 aboriginal persons who have died in custody since the inquiry launched over 25 years ago, is criminal. Larry's display of statements and articles reviewing many of the case studies of these deaths, was confronting reading. A mix of old and young passers by from various cultural backgrounds stopped [...]

November 18th, 2016|