Keynote Speakers

  • Nyadol Nyuon

    Nyadol Nyuon
    Litigation Lawyer

    Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker.

    Nyadol Nyuon was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. In 2005, at the age of eighteen, she moved to Australia as a refugee.

    Since then, Nyadol has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. She now works as a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler.

    Nyadol Nyuon is a vocal advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of people with refugee experiences and those seeking asylum. She has worked and volunteered extensively in these areas with a range of organisations.

    Nyadol Nyuon is also a regular media commentator in these areas, having appeared on ABC’s The Drum, as a panellist on Q&A and contributing to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, to name just a few.

    In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol Nyuon was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Future Justice Prize.

    In 2018 her efforts to combat racism were widely recognised, with achievements including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me Award. The prestigious award was in recognition of her advocacy and activism on behalf of the Australian-African and Melbourne’s South Sudanese communities. Nyadol Nyuon also received the Harmony Alliance Award for significant contribution to empowering migrant and refugee women, and was a co-winner of the Tim McCoy Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the South Sudanese Community. She also received the Afro-Australian Student Organisation‘s Unsung Hero Award.

  • Scott McDougall

    Scott McDougall
    Queensland Human Rights Commission

    Scott McDougall commenced as Commissioner on 8 October 2018.  Prior to his appointment, he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane.  

    Since admission to legal practice in 1993, he has worked with and advocated on behalf of diverse marginalised communities.  He has conducted major litigation and led program and policy development in a number of areas including discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries.


  • Dr Christine Phillips

    Dr Christine Phillips
    Australian National University

    Christine is Professor of Social Foundations of Medicine at the Australian National University and Medical Director of Companion House Medical Service, the ACT's refugee health care service.  She has over twenty-five years of clinical experience working in primary care in the context of deep urban poverty, working in settings including drug and alcohol medicine, elder care, and prison health. She co-founded the  Refugee Health Network of Australia in 2009, and has been an Advisor for UNHCR, the Migration Council of Australia, and state and federal departments of health and human services. For her work in refugee health, she was included in the National Library of Australia's Australian Women's Archive project, and was a finalist for the 2019 ACT Woman of the Year award.

  • Marina Chand

    Marina Chand
    World Wellness Group

    Marina is one of the co-founders of World Wellness Group, a multicultural health social enterprise. With qualifications in health promotion and traditional medicine she brings a unique perspective to multicultural health.

    Marina’s career spans more than 25 years in the health sector; in government, not for profit organisations and private practice as a consultant to government, the tertiary education sector and NGOs.  Marina has advanced expertise in culturally tailored health service design, multicultural data collection, multicultural marketing and communications, and holistic health models. She has a deep understanding of health equity, cultural capability and systemic racism. She has a particular interest in the inequities in Australian data collection that render multicultural populations largely invisible and under-represented and consequently under-invested and poorly serviced.

    Marina is also a community leader on the north-side of Brisbane where she and her family run a temple that is visited by thousands of members of the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Brisbane. She is frequently engaged by government as a community leader who has a personal grass-roots network that spans thousands of people from diverse backgrounds as well as a leader in the multicultural health sector. Her professional and personal life are immersed in multiculturalism, cultural diversity and supporting vulnerable community members who have been left behind. She is also a carer and has extensive lived experience with the NDIS and aged care service sector.

  • Siri Gunawardana

    Siri Gunawardana
    Training Coordinator - Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

    Siri coordinates CEH’s practical and specialist training courses which specialise in language services, cultural competence and health literacy. These are delivered in the traditional face to face method and more recently as an online service as well. Courses are informed by participants’ feedback and new developments in the field.  Siri has over 15 years of experience in migrant and refugee settlement, training and health promotion. She holds a Masters in Public Health, a Bachelor of Arts-Community Development, and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.


  • Amy Burkett

    Amy Burkett

    Amy is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked at Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) for the past 5 years, currently working as the Manager of Clinical Services. Her current role encompasses providing professional supervision to direct practice QPASTT staff, as well as overseeing clinical governance and supporting clinical incidents. Prior to this she worked in the tertiary education sector providing clinical supervision for higher degree pathway to registration and lecturing across varying topics and degrees. Amy has worked with refugees and asylum seekers over the past 10 years in varying capacities including in clinical practice, providing supervision to clinical staff and managerial roles. She is passionate about working with refugees and asylum seekers to support their healing but also supporting clinicians and other health care providers to feel confident in their work with survivors of torture and trauma also.

  • Andrew Fa'avale

    Andrew Fa'avale

    Andrew is co-founder of MANA Pasifika, a community organisation that seeks to support Pasifika peoples in Australia to thrive. MANA Pasifika run research projects, deliver programs in schools and community, and provide cultural training and advice on policy and strategy for government and non-government organisations.

    Recently MANA Pasifika wrote the Brisbane South Pasifika and Maori Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework and Action Plan which was launched last month. The Strategy is a whole-of-health and community initiative that has been designed, drafted and delivered by the Pasifika community in partnership with Brisbane South PHN, Metro South Health and Children's Health Queensland. It is framed through the broader lens of the social determinants of health which platform such values as cultural-responsivity, holism, family-centric, collaborative, faith-filled and innovative. This strategy is founded on the belief that culture absolutely counts, and that cultural/community and clinical approaches can and must co-exist for successful outcomes - but for true success, culture and community must lead. 

    Andrew's is interested in system-design and embedding traditional knowledge into Western frameworks to create innovative and community-based solutions. He has an undergraduate degree in law and a research masters in education.

    Andrew is Samoan by blood, Kiwi by birth and Aussie by choice. His wife Nicola has a PhD in Public Health, and they have three children (soon to be four). 

  • Beny Bol

    Beny Bol

    Beny is a community advocate, leader, and the current President of the Queensland African Communities Council, which is a not for profit umbrella organisation for more than 60,00 African individuals and communities across Queensland.

    He is also the Program Manager for Youth off the Streets and works tirelessly in his community and professional role to resolve conflict, build resilience, and unite communities regardless of their backgrounds.

    Beny has a Master of International Law, Master of Governance and Public Policy, Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies, International Relations, Politics & Government. With special interests in International relations, government, and politics.

    He is often at the forefront of state and national conversations on critical topics for multicultural communities and has recently established a partnership between QACC and Metro South Health around COVID-19 and the mental health and wellbeing needs for African Communities.

    Beny is also the author of the book “The Ambition and Determination of an Orphan: God in Firm Hope, sharing his personal story to advise and motivate young people to strive for a better future.

  • Joseph Kolapudi

    Joseph Kolapudi

    Joseph is a young professional who currently works for a nonprofit organisation reaching out to multicultural youth.

    He also serves on the board of Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services (ARMCare), and is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Recently, he was appointed to the U.S. Consulate General's Brisbane Youth Advisory Council; and continues to advocate for the voice of young leadership through his involvement on the core team of Foundations for Tomorrow.

  • Karen Lucas

    Karen Lucas

    Karen Lucas is the Senior Telehealth Coordinator for Metro South Health. She transitioned to this role in 2014 following 18 months as the Service Manager for the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Telehealth Centre. Her role is focused on supporting the promotion and expansion of telehealth services within Metro South Health. Karen has a background in project administration, ICT management and Telehealth services. Previously she worked for the Centre for Online Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in the early days of the Telepaediatric service as well as in the areas of rural paediatric allied health services and rural medical education.

  • Liz Gordon

    Liz Gordon

    Liz Gordon is a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker who has been employed at the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) for over 10 years in various counselling, managerial and clinical supervision roles. She is currently the Senior Leader of Individual and Family Recovery at QPASTT.  Liz has an interest in the use of expressive therapies with children for trauma recovery and maintains a small counselling caseload of children at QPASTT.  Liz has also practiced as a social worker in hospital settings and at Child and Youth Mental Health.  Liz is currently completing a Masters of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University.  

  • Sue Pager

    Sue Pager

    Sue has a 30 year history in the health sector working in various different roles as a speech pathologist, health promotion officer, researcher, innovation officer and a number of projects. Currently she works as an Equity Officer in Metro South Health and has special interests in digital solutions and disability.

Workshop Presenters

  • Rhiannon McHugh

    Rhiannon McHugh
    Acting Simulation Nurse Educator, Logan Hospital

    Rhiannon is currently studying a Master of Nursing specialising in Clinical Leadership. She is an experienced Emergency Nurse with a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing. Rhiannon pursued her passion to support the development of others, gaining experience as the Clinical Facilitator for ‘Graduates and Organisational Programs’ before gaining a permanent appointment as the Clinical Facilitator for the Medical Assessment and Planning Unit. Rhiannon has a keen interest in simulation as a modality for nursing education and has completed her simulation coordinator training. 

  • Wendy Becker

    Wendy Becker
    Simulation Coordinator, Logan Hospital

    Wendy has been in the nursing profession for 33 years.  Throughout this time, she has specialised  in intensive care and has completed a graduate certificate in intensive care nursing.  During her time as a clinical facilitator she gained experience in supporting staff on the floor.  She has been using simulation in the workplace for over 10 years and has been the simulation co-ordinator at Logan for the last 9 years. This has involved facilitating nursing, medical and allied health professionals to gain experience and develop skills in a supportive environment with no judgement.