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Victorian Branch Management Committee

The AASW Victorian Branch Management Committee is made up of members elected from and by the membership.

If you are interested in making contact with the Victorian Branch President please email VIC.BranchPresident@aasw.asn.au directly.

To contact the Branch Management Committee members please contact the Victorian Branch at aaswvic@aasw.asn.au who will forward on your email.

President

Melissa Brown

Vice President

Virginia Mansel Lees

Virginia is a lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy in the Rural Health School of Latrobe University based at the Albury/Wodonga Campus.

Most of her professional working life has been in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia where social work practice operates across many diverse trajectories.

Her research interests revolve around identity in its myriad of forms.

She is particularly interested in how a professional identity is developed and maintained throughout each person’s working life.

Virginia is also a Life Member of the AASW.

Members

Saly Alman

Saly qualified as a social worker in 2005. Previously, Saly worked for The Department of Human Services.

After some time away from paid work to focus on raising her five children, Saly has returned to university full time and is studying for her Masters of Public Policy.

Saly hopes to take on future endeavours that are focused on advocacy and social action.

Chris Barca

Chris has been member of the BMC since 2015 and also originally, she was a member from 1996 – 1998. Holding a BSW and MA (SW), Christine has also completed post graduate studies in Family Therapy and is a Clinical Member of the AAFT.

Additionally, she is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Christine is a Williamson Leadership Program Alumnae and was awarded the Inaugural SACS NFP Leadership Excellence Award in 2008.

Chris has 30 over years’ experience in a variety of settings including Child Protection, Community Health, Local Council, Hospital, AOD, Family Services, HIV and LGBTI Services, Early Childhood, Neighbourhood House Sector, Disability, specialised Children’s Services within a Post Separation - Legal Context, the Aboriginal Community Services Sector, Private Practice, the ECI, NDIS, Family Violence and now working as a CEO in a Community Services Hub in the West.

Christine strives to make valuable contribution to all aspects of the BMC.

Aaron Garth

Aaron is the Youth Studies Coordinator at Eastern College Australia and the Executive Director of Ultimate Youth Worker.

Aaron has worked as a social worker in a number of settings including street drug and alcohol outreach, family services, residential care, local government and youth homelessness since 2003.

Aaron holds a Master of Social Work (qualifying), Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work), Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work and a Certificate IV TAE.

He lives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with his wife and five children.

Daniel Howell

Dan is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker currently working with children and families impacted by relational trauma (family violence and sexual abuse) and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours. Dan is passionate about offering a therapeutic approach underpinned by client-centred and strengths-based principles.

Dan has previously worked in residential care, Youth Justice and Child Protection and finished his Master of Social Work Studies (qualifying) supporting displaced persons from Burma in Thailand.

Dan has recently joined the Branch Management Committee and is keen to support the ongoing growth of the AASW as a voice for social workers and their collective professional identity.

Kate Incerti

Kate has been a social worker since 1982, initially working as a medical social worker at the Royal Children's Hospital, Heidelberg Repat Hospital and private rehabilitation services.

Working part time as she had three children in the 1990's and completed a MSW ( coursework) degree, Kate moved to community based positions, initially in residential age care and then an older persons’ housing program before starting work in a local government setting in the inner city delivering direct housing assistance, homelessness outreach and developing strong service networks, homelessness policies and advocating broadly to expand the inclusion of people with lived experience.

Throughout this 22 years position as a Team Leader of Housing & Homelessness Services, she has supervised over 30 social work students in this setting either in direct service or project & evaluation work. Kate has also previous involvement at National level with the AASW Social Policy Committee and was Convenor 2008-2013.

Kate has presented at a number of social work, housing and homelessness conferences locally,nationally and internationally and contributed to Parity (Journal of Council to Homeless Persons) on a range of issues.

Miranda Muller

Miranda is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She has 18 years of experience working in health, community and human services fields. This includes working in disability, youth justice, child protection and mental health.

In addition to her social work degree, she has a Master of Mental Health Science and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Miranda has spent the majority of her career working in child and youth mental health services. She has held senior clinical, team leader and chief social work roles in the public mental health system. Alongside paid employment, Miranda has taken on a number of volunteer roles throughout her career.

Miranda is passionate about providing (and supporting other practitioners to provide) gold standard mental healthcare and helping young people who have complex mental health conditions work towards recovery.

Miranda’s other areas of interest in which she has participated in projects, portfolio groups or undertaken additional training are in reducing family violence, improving healthcare for Australia’s First Nations Peoples and quality and service improvement in healthcare.

Emily Rigby

Jaryd Stobaus

Jaryd is a newly graduated social worker, currently working in the homelessness sector and has more than 10 years’ experience working across the family violence, disability and education sectors.

Jaryd also has international work experience, working in India and Nepal with local communities and NGO’s to address issues of gender inequality and gender-based violence.

Jaryd brings to the BMC a strong passion toward social work principles and a commitment to ensure that the AASW represents and promotes social works professional identity. Jaryd is also driven to ensure that the AASW and social work more broadly is politically and socially active and has influence on social policy important to the work that we do.

Rachel Westgamble
Student Representative


Rachel's career was focused in the corporate world before extended maternity leave provided an opportunity to further her education. Having completed a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, she is currently working towards a Master of Social Work with The University of Melbourne.

Living in Melbourne’s North West, Rachel loves travelling, spending time with family and friends, and developing new competencies. Her passion for social work comes from a strong interest in helping vulnerable people reach their full potential.

Rachel hopes to bring a student voice to the Victorian Branch Management Committee and will be actively seeking opportunities to add value to the AASW student membership profile during her term.

Andre Zonn

Andre brings to his social work practice experience knowledge, skills and attitudes drawn from Masters studies at the University of Melbourne in Social Work. He also has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and qualifications in Education, Training and IT.

His professional experience references 14 years of child protection work in the community services sector with disadvantaged, marginalised individuals, families and communities and subsequently as project coordinator and consultant in the health and not-for-profit sectors. Wearing another hat, he has skills and experience in health project management, consultancy, community development and cross-sector partnerships and collaboration.

Andre has previously been a member the AASW National Social Policy Committee (2012-2015) and had input into the first AASW Reconciliation Action Plan (2013-2015). In 2016 he joined the AASW Family Violence Social Work Practice Group and also supports the work of VCOSS, ARACY, the Blue Knot Foundation and SNAICC. In 2017 Andre worked as a Research Assistant for the Research & Policy Centre of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence. Recently, he registered as an NDIS provider.


 

Contact the Victorian Branch

Ravi Bodanam
Victorian Branch Services Coordinator
(Monday to Friday)

T: 03 9320 1000
E: aaswvic@aasw.asn.au
Ravi.bodanam@aasw.asn.au

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

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