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ACT Branch Management Committee

Branch President

Rodney Tatara-Stanton

Branch Vice President

Tashya Hettiarachchi

I’m a big believer in social justice and equality, which is influenced by my lived experience growing up in Sri Lanka. Seeing the disparity among people and the ravage created by war, I was privileged to witness the role of active citizenship in alleviating people’s suffering. Therefore, my career in the humanitarian sector was motivated by a passion for social justice and equality, and provided me with opportunities to empower and support vulnerable people. I have worked with young people, communities of refugee and migrant people as well as children and families in the context of Statutory Out-of-Home-Care (OOHC) and child protection. I have leadership experiences in policy advocacy, project management, strategy and training in the NGO sector and as a local government advisor. These opportunities enabled me to discover a passion for governance and accreditation of quality service provision. With a Masters in Social Work from the Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Swinburne University, I hope to contribute to my role within the ACT Branch Committee, by ensuring social workers continue to be celebrated and provided with opportunities to create long term positive impact for the people they serve.

General Committee Members

Elodie Oxenham

Jackie Paul

After completing my Bachelors of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University of Canberra in 2005, I began my Social Work career at Woden Community Services. In 2007, I joined the Department of Human Services, then known as Centrelink, and never left.

I have had leadership roles in the implementation of complex social policy including the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure, Income Management and Participation Compliance. More recently, I facilitated Social Work engagement and the provision of our expertise into the department’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ modernisation of welfare services. I am currently the assistant director for external engagement in the National Redress Scheme and responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative, cross-sectoral relationships to strengthen service delivery.

Through the Branch Management Committee, I aim to facilitate greater social and professional connections amongst Social Workers in the ACT, with a view to identifying and responding to the issues that affect our practice and professional identity.

Jennifer Griffin

Jessica Russ-Smith

Dickson Sebit

Rosy Winter

Amelia Wheeler

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers