Chief Executive Officer

Michal has been the CEO of inTouch since November 2017.

She is on the Board of Domestic Violence Victoria and is a Council Member of the Harmony Alliance. Michal is also on the Advisory Group of The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA), and the governance group of the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee.

Michal has worked for over 20 years advocating for and supporting diverse communities across government and the third sector. She has developed innovation and service responses for multicultural communities since the late 1990s.

Prior to her role at inTouch, Michal was General Manager of Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health for nine years.

She has worked in community health, peak advocacy bodies, state government and at the national level at Primary Health Networks.

Michal has worked on issues as diverse as community capacity building, person-centred care, drug and alcohol, mental health, suicide prevention, language services, cultural competency and health literacy.

Michal holds a Master of Communication and a Bachelor of Arts.

Executive Manager Client Services

Ruth Fox commenced at inTouch in August 2017, after moving to Melbourne from Mildura. She has extensive experience in the community health sector. She started as a speech pathologist, before moving to a management role in 2007.

Ruth managed the primary health team at Robinvale District Health Services for 6 years before moving to Sunraysia Community Health Services, as the Executive Manager of Service Delivery.

In this role she was responsible for a diverse range of programs including dental, allied health, nursing, alcohol and other drugs, counselling, men’s behaviour change program and others.

The role included participation on the Mallee Integrated Family Violence Network and the Mallee Risk Assessment and Management Panel (RAMP), for high risk victims of family violence.

While relatively new to the specialist family violence sector, Ruth has considerable experience in senior management across a wide range of programs. She also has experience in working closely with government and key stakeholders to manage and implement sector change, while delivering accessible, client-centred services.

Executive Manager Capacity Building (interim)

Paola has 20 years’ experience in community development, education and training, working predominantly with refugee and migrant background young people and women on human rights and social justice issues.

Prior to working at inTouch, Paola’s roles included lecturing in International and Community Development at Victoria University and designing and delivering training for the state-wide Youth Referral and Independent Person Program.

Raising awareness of the impact of gender inequity and the importance of cultural humility has been integral to all of Paola’s work. She is passionate about contributing to systemic change that prioritises the diverse voices and needs of family violence victim survivors.