Dr Manjula O’Connor (e-mail

Dr Manjula OConnor is a social activist, a volunteer, a campaigner and a leader . Manjula is a Psychiatrist , Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for International Mental Health The University of Melbourne . She is also Director of 100 Collins St Medical Centre . Manjulais strongly committed to working with the Indian , South Asian and Australasian community . Her primary area of campaigns is against Domestic Violence and gender based inequality. Manjula set up a Taskforce against Domestic Violence in Indian Ethnic community in 2009.In December The Victorian Government’s Multi-Cultural Commission gave her an award of excellence in Service Delivery in the area of “WOMEN’S HEALTH”. The Taskforce was recognised by the President of India in 2013 . She has campaigned tirelessly in educating and creating awareness of human rights of women in situations of domestic violence and mental illness in the Indian community of Australia. She has led a large number of public education seminars, focus groups, community based action projects including sessions of interactive community based theater exploring and exposing the problem of domestic violence .

Abhishek Vivian Prasad (e-mail

Viv is a career bureaucrat and is currently employed by the Victorian Parliament. Viv has extensive experience in community work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Viv’s forte is in leadership and strategic board planning and has served on many national and international boards.

Dr Jonathan Harrison (e-mail

Dr Harrison is a Physician and a Gastro- enterologist . He has pratcied in medicine for over 40 years . He is passionate aboutprotecting the human rights and access to health services of the vulnerable individuals ,the frail, the elderly and migrants.


Chairman Professor Ian Howie

Ian is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning at RMIT University, Melbourne. Prior to this appointment, Ian spent more than 30 years working in the field of international development. The bulk of this time was spent with the United Nations as a career official and included multi-year assignments as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in China (with responsibilities also for Mongolia and North Korea), Viet Nam, Ghana, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea. He also spent seven years at UN Headquarters, New York, following his appointment as Director, Division of Human Resources. Earlier, he served as a Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) managing primary health care projects in rural Bangladesh, in the plantation sector in Sri Lanka and in the industrial estates of Kenya and the slums of Nairobi. Prior to joining the UN, Ian spent a number of years in the South Pacific working as a university lecturer, a trade union official and as a ministerial adviser.More recently, in 2012,Ian acted as the regional advisor for the Asia Pacific Programme of Marie Stopes International (MSI) during a prolonged absence of the permanent appointee. Ian has been the recipient of a number of national awards including Distinguished Service medals from Viet Nam, China and Mongolia and a presidential citation from Ghana. Currently, Ian is on the boards of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, the Safe Motherhood for All initiative, the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health and the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division). He is also a member of the University of New South Wales “Human Resources for Health” Expert Group, the Pacific Institute and a patron of Marie Stopes International. A regular public speaker, Ian is well known for his presentations in Melbourne and throughout Australia.

Ms Molina Asthana – Principal Solicitor, Victorian Solicitor General’s Office

Molina is a legal practitioner admitted to practice in India and Australia. She has significant experience in India in general litigation and also corporate and commercial having practiced in the Supreme Court of India (with matters being reported in the newspapers) and in the corporate area in a top law firm and also as an in-house counsel for a big business group. She is now working as a Principal Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitors Office(Department of Justice), having practiced as a mergers and acquisition lawyer with Minter Ellison Lawyers in Melbourne and also worked in the banking and finance area with Clayton Utz, Melbourne. She also writes in local Indian newspapers and speaks on SBS radio on legal issues of interest or affecting Indian expats in Australia. She has been involved in the drafting and reviewing of legislation in both Australia and India. She is also a director of the NGO Asha Global that supports women and their children involved in sex slavery in developing countries.

Marion Lau Oam JP, ManagementConsultants and TechnologyServices Pty Ltd

Marion Lau is the Deputy Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and chairs the Councils Aged Care Policy Committee. Marion has vast experience in addressing the issues of ethnic health, ethnic aged care, womens issues and many other issues relating to access and equity for all migrants.An active community member, she currently holds the director positions at Doutta Galla Aged Care Services; the Royal Childrens Hospital Childrens Bioethics Centre Development Board; and is a member of the Policy Committee on the Council on the Ageing. She is the President of the Chinese Community Society of Victoria; and Immediate Past President of the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia and Member of the Rotary Club of Glen Eira. Marion also sits on a number of Government Ministerial Committees at both State and Federal level. She is a qualified health services administrator, management consultant specialising in aged care, small business mentor and counsellor and a cross-cultural trainer. She is also a Director of her own business – Management Consultants and Technology Services.

Gauri Kapoor – Research and Policy Officer

Gauri also serves on the board of the National Council of Women Victoria. She represents ACHRH at the United Nations Association of Australia (Vic). Gauri’s interest in human rights and health developed after she completed a placement at the UN Women China head office in Beijing.

Sukanta Bakshi – Treasurer

Accountant- Australia (MIPA), Chartered Certified Accountant(ACCA-UK) with 12 years experience and proven performance record in distinguishing manufacturing companies, City councils with comprehensive exposure in, Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting and Auditing.

Nivy Balachandran – Organisational Liason Officer

Co-­?founder of InterAction: multifaith youth network, Australias premier youth lead interfaith organization which runs interfaith programs educating young people about the worlds religions and beliefs at schools and universities.

Alisha Watford – Graphic Design

Kate Grimme – Funding Officer