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research steering group

The Research Steering Group (RSG) is a representative, consultative body comprising the Project Implementation Team (PIT) along with members from government and non-government organisations and is directed by a Terms of Reference. The RSG will:

  • Provide advice to the Project Implementation Team to help guide the implementation of the project.

  • Provide advice on the use of generated data and assist with the dissemination of findings.

  • Promote the project to other stakeholders.

  • Review documents as required.

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ramdas sankaran

Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Services Centre of WA

 Bio coming soon

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John berger

Executive Officer, WA Alliance to End Homelessness

John has worked in leadership positions in Not for Profits for over the last 3 decades. It has been noted by many that his leadership and ecosystem thinking have allowed for completely new ways of approaching change in the field of homelessness in the West Australian context. He is also passionate about working with the community, particularly those who are vulnerable and ensuring their voice of lived experience is central to informing change.


Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities Council Western Australia

Bio coming soon

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Clinical Services Manager Western Australia, Life Without Barriers

Pearl was born in Durban, South Africa and migrated to Australia in 1987. Pearl is now the Clinical Services Manager of Western Australia, and her role includes oversight of the new Culturally Diverse Psychological Service, Western Australia's only culturally and linguistically diverse specific psychological service. She has a background in Psychology and a long clinical career in mental health service delivery in both the government and not-for-profit sectors as well as in private practice. Pearl has set up clinical services for both young people and adults and overseen clinical governance and Board governance for organisations in a wide range of settings.

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Department of Communities

Bio coming soon!

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Lena hopkinson

Chief Operating Officer, St Bart's

Lena is currently the Chief Operating Officer with St Bart's - a not-for-profit organisation that has been working with people who are homeless for more than 50 years. Throughout her career, she has worked with vulnerable groups in health and social care environments in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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dr Rita afsar

Senior Strategy, Planning and Research Officer, Office of Multicultural Interests

 Dr Afsar has an established academic career that started as a lecturer in Maharashtra, India. Later she worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka and had been associated with reputed research institutions and some of the leading universities in various collaborative research and teaching programs for over 25 years.

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Tandiwe kuwana

Mental Health Clinical Facilitator, Mental Wellness Keys

 Tandi was born in Zimbabwe and now calls Perth home where she is regarded as an outstanding member of the African community for her work in the mental health sector. As a nurse, with 14 years’ experience of working in various mental health settings in Western Australia, she is passionate about the issue and is a strong advocate for better services for communities from CaLD backgrounds.

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A/prof christina pollard

Director, Mentally Healthy WA, Curtin University

 Dr Pollard's research and practice focus is public health, with a particular focus on population groups who are vulnerable to poor health due to their social, environmental or economic circumstances. Christina has worked as a career public servant and academic,  recognising the need for translating research into policy and practice. Throughout her career, she has undertaken extensive research to inform policy advice and advocacy and to develop and evaluate successful population health interventions.



A/Service Development Manager,  Mental Health Commission

  Bio coming soon!

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