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Multicultural community and refugees play an important role in the development of the country and it is important to safeguard their mental health, Hence in Northern Territory, we have decided to host a ‘National Symposium on Multicultural and Refugee Mental Health' with an aim to discuss issues faced by multicultural and refugee communities, particularly in relation to their mental health, what services are available to them and what can be done to better these services.





Gerard Maley MLA   Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

The rural area has been his home for entire life.  Gerard went to Howard Springs Primary and Taminmin High schools then qualified as an auto mechanic. He worked as a local tradie and in the Northern Territory Public Service, before he went back to study law at Charles Darwin University. Since graduating he has been working for Maley’s Barristers and Solicitors, advocating and representing rural people through our Coolalinga office.

At times of leisure, Gerard enjoy fishing, camping, hunting, polocrosse and other sporting activities. 





Associate Professor Mwanri   Associate Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health


Associate Professor Mwanri has extensive experience in a wide range of public health issues. Her PhD investigated a range of health impacts of micronutrient supplements in anaemic and disadvantaged children in resource poor schools. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse migrants in Australia to address various health issues including poor dietary patterns and physical inactivity. Her experience and interest in migration and public health medicine has led to research activity in healthy ageing, adaptation to climate change and other health and social issues in CALD migrants. She has close collaborations with many CALD communities and organisations across Australia and has worked in the government institutions including SA Health. She chairs several committees related to migration, public health and chronic disease including HIV/AIDS. Her interest in Global health resulted in bringing 33 fellows from East Africa to build capacity and enhance the global implementation of Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal health outcomes and child survival.





Huss Mustafa OAM    Secretary, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Huss is a very proud Australian with a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family 52 years ago at the age of 10 at a time where you were expected to assimilate into the Australian way of life and not to be different. Huss was the longest serving Senior Executive at Commonwealth Bank with 46 years of service, of which 18 years was in a General Manager role. Huss for over a quarter of a century now has been very active in promoting Cultural Diversity both in the community and his work place and Huss’s work was also acknowledged on the 2014 Queens Birthday’s Honours list and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Multiculturalism and Business. Please join me in welcoming Mr Huss Mustafa, Secretary, Mental Health Foundation Australia





Dr Edwin Lourdes Joseph JP     MCNT President & FECCA Deputy Chair 

Edwin is passionate about serving the community and being active in public life. He has got multidisciplinary education, including a doctoral degree. His experience is multifaceted, working for private and public sectors, including roles in education, HR, project management, community engagement, research, policy, etc. Having migrated to Australia as an adult, Edwin understands the problems faced by CALD people in Australia. He is also active in the refugee space, volunteering with Red Cross, Melaleucca and DASSAN (Darwin Asylum Seeker and Advocacy Network). Throughout his life, Edwin has been volunteering for community groups, not-for-profit organisations and professional associations, often with leadership positions. He also serves on the NT division boards of Institution of Public Administration Australia, Australian Computer Society, Australia Day Council (as Vice Chair) and DASSAN (as Treasurer).


Bwe Thay    Deputy Chair, Victorian Multicultural Commission

Bwe Thay is a spirited advocate for a multicultural Australia. He works to develop the capacity of multicultural communities, with a focus on leadership development, education and employment outcomes. His involvement extends from working with individual communities to advocacy at the highest levels. His work informs the direction and policy of service providers, business and all levels of government.

Bwe has held many leadership roles within Victoria’s multicultural sector and has been widely recognised for his advocacy, community service and professional achievements. This recognition includes the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award.

Bwe has a strong commitment to promoting harmony by engaging and bringing communities together to build a vibrant society. His practical, hands-on approach is well recognized within multicultural communities.




Dr Nancy Huang  Chief Medical Advisor, Australian Unity

Nancy Huang has a broad range of clinical, public health, research and implementation experience within the health and aged care sectors. Nancy’s passion is to reduce evidence-practice gaps in health care delivery, with a focus on prevention, early intervention and integrated care. Nancy is the Chief Medical Advisor (CMA) for the Independent and Assisted Living Platform of Australian Unity, overseeing the clinical governance of care to deliver outcomes that matter for our customers. Nancy joined Australian Unity in 2015 as Clinical Director of Remedy Healthcare and took up the role of CMA in 2019. Prior to joining Australian Unity Nancy has worked as a general practitioner in the community and led a number of large innovative and populating health initiatives on behalf of government, universities and not-for-profit organisations. Her previous roles include the establishment of Medicine Insight, a large scale national data repository collecting general practice data from desktop software; Director of the Guideline Research Program at NHMRC; National Manager of Clinical Programs at the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the key architect of the Active Script and Lifescripts Program for the Commonwealth Government. Additionally, Nancy held an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University from 2015-2019 and was a Director of Vincent Care from 2014-2019, established to support and advocate on behalf of the most disadvantaged Victorians. Please joining me in welcoming Dr Nancy Huang.



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