The Staff of Ishar come from a range of different cultural backgrounds. Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services values and acknowledges the contributions of its diverse team. Through its integrated service model, the Centre ensures clients have access to a full range of expertise offered by its multidisciplinary team.

Clare Moynihan – Chairperson

Clare is a facilitator with extensive Government experience – in Policy, Learning and Development and Program Management. Clare currently works in the Not for Profit sector, supporting people living with melanoma.

During her time in Government Clare designed and facilitated learning & development programs, strategic workshops, meetings and working groups to improve outcomes for some of Australia’s most vulnerable community members.

Clare brings a passion for social justice to her work on Ishar’s Board, along with a desire to join up people, organisations, systems and communications to build more effective relationships, knowledge and networks across the community and women’s health services sector.

Dr Jaya Dantas – Vice Chairperson

Dr Jaya Dantas is Professor of International Health and Director of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at Curtin University in WA. Her research and teaching focusses on the social and health consequences of post-conflict adversity among refugees and migrants especially women and youth. Jaya has worked for 30 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Australia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka and Singapore. She is passionate advocate for education of women and youth and has been a foster carer with the Department of Child Protection since 2002. As a migrant women and global health researcher, she contributes expertise in gender, health and education.

Lorraine Finlay – Board Member

Lorraine is a lawyer and currently works as a law lecturer at Murdoch University. She teaches in criminal, constitutional and human rights law and is the Director of Mooting. Lorraine has previously worked as a State Prosecutor and studied at New York University and National University of Singapore as a Singapura Scholar.

Lorraine is actively involved in volunteering in her community. She is an elected member of the Murdoch University Academic Council and serves on the Executive of the National Council of Women (WA). Lorraine has previously been awarded the Centenary Medal and WA Law Society Youth Community Service Award for her volunteer work.

Sandy McKiernan – Board Member

Sandy McKiernan is the Director of Cancer Information and Support Services at Cancer Council WA, this role oversees the strategic and operational direction of all cancer services provided by CCWA to people affected by cancer as well as health professional education related to supportive and palliative care. Sandy has played an active role in the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia since 2003, including 2 years as President 2013-2014 and is currently a Board Member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sandy is committed to improving outcomes in health through empowerment and proactive community engagement.

Lee Best – Board Member

Lee Best is an independent consultant providing Strategic Consulting, including business planning & new business strategy development in the Not for Profit, Disability, Health Care and Health Insurance Sectors. Lee believes healthy safe women and children are essential for strong communities.

Lee worked with HBF, where she facilitated the building of strong, open and equitable relationships with all medical providers, hospital operators and relevant industry associations. Lee was CEO of Therapy Focus a community service organisation delivering professional services for over 2,500 children with a disability, at home, school in the community. Lee was also the CEO of Fremantle Kaleeya Hospital.

Fran Ferriera – Board Member

Fran Ferreira has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector in a variety of roles. On her previous role as Social Investment Manager for BHP Billiton she led one of the largest community investment portfolio in Australia. Fran recently established her own consultancy, working with business leaders from corporate, government and not for profit sector to shape business strategies into business plans, with clear outcomes and measurable impacts. Fran holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Post Graduate degree in Economic Engineering. Fran believes empowering women is critical to create better lives, giving a sense of belonging and contribution.

Buena Kortum – Board Member

Buena started her career in one of the top global consulting firms implementing standard process and technology in various countries. She joined a major oil and gas company delivering process improvements to optimise its supply chain. Her position has expanded to managing broad range of projects with diverse and multi-discipline teams. Since then, she has been working with state government agencies to improve their performance post machinery of government initiative.

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