MEET OUR TRAINERS
Dr Paola Bilbrough
PhD (Feminist Cultural Studies & Participatory Documentary), TAE (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment), Postgraduate Diploma (Education)
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.
TAE (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment), Graduate Certificate (Career Education and Development), Level 1 Narrative Therapy, Master (Marketing), Bachelor (Commerce)
Having facilitated the Fitted for Work WomanKind program, Kirsten has over five years’ experience working with women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, including victim-survivors of family violence.
She has run training programs and workshops with the Australian Business and Community Network, and has worked with a variety of not for profits and Learn Local organisations in the design and delivery of diverse training programs.
Kirsten is passionate about supporting participants in building their confidence when working with women from migrant and refugee migrant backgrounds. She loves the opportunity that training creates for shared learning, storytelling, and interactions with each other.
Kirsten is currently studying a Masters of Social Work.
Bachelor (Community Education), Master (Arts in Gender Studies and Theology), Diploma (Project Management)
Patricia has a background in community education and for almost 20 years, has worked extensively with school youth programs in the areas of leadership, faith and social justice. She has also designed and delivered educational training programs for communities and corporate clients.
Patricia believes that education, information and training in the prevention of violence against women is a key component to eradicating gender inequality and stereotyped gender roles.
She is passionate about working with migrant and refugee communities and promoting their participation in all aspects of Australian society.
Patricia is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services.
Diploma (Community Services), Diploma (Early Childhood Education), Certificate in Complex Trauma Treatment
Diana has eight years’ experience working in the community sector, including case management, residential therapeutic and mental health work with both youth and adults.
Over the last four years, Diana has worked in the family violence sector. She has facilitated family violence recovery groups for women and children who were victim-survivors of family violence, worked as a family violence and elder abuse practitioner for the Greek community, and also delivered community education sessions on these issues.
At present, Diana is an intake worker at inTouch providing emotional and cultural support, risk assessments and safety planning to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are experiencing family violence. She also co-facilitates training sessions.
Diana is currently studying a Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy.