Our team has now moved across to the Ovens Murray Public Health Unit—you can get in touch with us by emailing AWH.Communications@awh.org.au

To contact individual team members, please see below.

James Dunne: Senior Officer, Age-friendly North East Victoria

James is currently the Senior Officer—Age-friendly North East Victoria and over the past decade has worked in a variety of health- and social welfare-focused roles. These roles have seen him work within state and local government and in non-government and academic roles across Australia and internationally.

James is passionate about addressing health inequities and improving health outcomes for everyone in the community. He has worked with communities as diverse as people with disability, people who inject drugs, people who live with blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis C, and people from refugee backgrounds.

James has a Masters of Human Rights, during which he completed a dissertation focusing on the discourse of Australian Hepatitis C policy and its relationship to human rights, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Graduate Certificate of Social Policy. He has presented internationally at conferences such as the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users Conference 2018 and the Human Rights and Drug Policy in East and South East Asia Workshop 2017 at the University of Hong Kong.

Over his career, James has built a range of skills in partnership development, systems thinking and monitoring and evaluation, and is looking forward to applying these to support healthy ageing in the North East region.

Email: James.Dunne@awh.org.au
Mobile: 0427 659 721

Matthew Stewart: Senior Officer, Aboriginal Cardiac Rehabilitation

Matthew is the Senior Officer, Aboriginal Cardiac Rehabilitation, leading the collaboration between Albury Wodonga Health, Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service and UHPCP to codesign a culturally sensitive cardiac rehabilitation program.

Matthew is an Aboriginal man, with close connections to the Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta people of North West and Northern Victoria. He has extensive experience working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), in both service provision and executive management roles. In addition, Matthew has worked in a number of Victorian State Government roles, including project management and practitioner roles. Throughout his career Matthew has gained experience in community engagement, monitoring and evaluation and stakeholder management.

The experiences of working within State Government and ACCOs have provided Matthew with the opportunity to view and approach situations from a unique perspective, which in turn can translate to a more dynamic approach to community. Professionally, Matthew has maintained a focus on Aboriginal affairs. He continues to be a passionate advocate in relation to addressing the social inequities faced by Aboriginal people and to strive toward equality and social justice for Aboriginal people.

Email: Matthew.Stewart@awh.org.au
Mobile: 0477 221 903

Naomi Peters: Communications Officer

Naomi has a diverse background in both communications and education. After leaving Wodonga to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), her roles included editor of two national outdoor adventure magazines, and Project Officer for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), an independent national agency set up to promote, audit, and report on quality assurance in Australian higher education. In this role Naomi was involved with the annual Australian Universities Quality Forum and the AUQA Good Practice Database.

A career change to education followed with qualifications including the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Certificate II in IT (New Media), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her decade-long teaching career, she worked as a teacher at a local senior secondary school and two local TAFE institutes with diverse cohorts of students including young adults with disabilities, migrant and refugee adults, vision-impaired adults, and education support students.

After returning to the field of communications, Naomi has enjoyed coordinating the social media, e-newsletters and websites for both UHPCP and the North East Local Learning and Employment Network. She also takes minutes for Boards of local not-for-profit organisations, which have included a disability service provider and various Aboriginal organisations.

Email: Naomi.Peters@awh.org.au