Meet our passionate staff, who deliver our programs, services, research and advocacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicky Bath joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and brings with her experience she gained from roles such as the Associate Director, LGBTI Health Programming and Development at ACON, Manager of the Harm Reduction and Viral Hepatitis Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health as well as several senior positions in State and National drug user organisations including CEO of the NSW Users and AIDS Association.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2000, Nicky worked as the Manager of an innovative harm reduction service which was part of the National Health Service in London. During this time she was also involved in international work including projects commissioned by the World Health Organisation.
Nicky is committed to advancing the health and human rights of marginalised communities through co-design and working in partnership.
Policy and Research Manager
James joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2020. He brings over 30 years’ experience in local, state and national positions. His roles have included research, policy development, campaigning, volunteer coordination, grant management and team leadership. He has provided strategic planning, group facilitation, community engagement and stakeholder management in the public and community sectors.
He is passionate about grass-roots, evidence-based policy and advocacy that achieves practical change for disadvantaged and marginalised Australians.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Zed Tintor joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in September 2019. Zed has worked in the not-for-profit community service sector for twenty-five years, specialising in homelessness, housing and mental health. She is an experienced practitioner in strategic, operational and human resource management. Zed is committed to trauma informed care practice and developing sustainable partnerships to deliver integrated service responses.
Palliative Care Coordinator
Hannah started working at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in 2019 as the EmployableQ Project Coordinator. Hannah brings experience from a diverse range of workplaces including NSW Health, NSW Public Guardian, Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, and St Vincent de Paul Society.
For the past 8 years Hannah has been a passionate volunteer trainer and assessor with Q-life, the National telephone and web based counselling service for the LGBTI community. Hannah is a qualified Social Worker and has a particular interest in working on projects which are co-designed with the LGBTI community.
Corporate Services Manager
Leanne joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in January 2020 and specialises in managing small offices and start-ups. Originally from New Zealand, Leanne moved to Australia in 2018 after a number of years working in the UK where she worked within various start-up organisations, setting up their systems and process. Leanne is always looking at ways of helping staff by improving systems and processes in order to facilitate a more productive working environment.
Director – Training and Capacity Building
Rob joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2021. He brings over 15 years’ experience working in health promotion and training roles including Health Promotion Manager at Family Planning NSW and HIV & Related Programs Health Promotion Manager at Northern Sydney Local Health District. Originally trained as an occupational therapist, he has worked in acute, rehabilitation and community settings in the areas of aged care, people living with HIV, brain injury, intellectual and physical disabilities. Rob has a strong knowledge of the health system and extensive experience working in the public, private (USA) and non-government sectors including international programs in the Pacific.
Rob is passionate about the sexual rights of people with disability and developing innovative programs to address health inequity through advocacy, partnership development and capacity building.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager
Amelia joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in 2021 and has worked in the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Team; now overseeing QLife as the Manager. She has had eight years’ experience in the digital mental health sector as a counsellor and in leadership positions, working across areas such as body image and eating disorders, education and prevention education, and training. She is passionate about sustainable and safe access to services for all people seeking support and developing collaborative and intuitive solutions that can help serve all communities who are exploring care options.
Corporate Services and Membership Officer
Paula joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2021 with over 6 years of administrative and office support experience and prides herself on being efficient and organised. After having worked in a not-for-profit organisation in the Aged Care sector, found her passions are in community based, not-for-profit work. Paula thrives in busy, people-focused environments and is happiest when helping others.
Policy and Research Coordinator
Amber holds the post of Policy and Research Coordinator at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and brings experience in advocacy, grassroots organising, and community-based research. Prior to joining LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, Amber worked in developing healthy university communities through respectful relationship policy development and programming. Amber’s background includes work across a range of roles including health care advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States, developing mixed-methods program evaluation, and bi+ community organising.
Amber is passionate about using strengths-based, community led approaches to help shape a world where LGBTIQ+ people from all backgrounds can thrive.
Andre joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in October 2021. Andre has worked in marketing and communications in paid and voluntary roles for ten years, working for political candidates, in the labour movement and in the arts. Alongside this he has held leadership positions in LGBTIQ+ advocacy groups, working to grow support in the labour movement for law reform and policy that protects and uplifts LGBTIQ+ communities, particularly their health and rights at work. Andre has a passion for a stronger, fairer, healthier society – and using all kinds of media and communications to help build it.
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Ageing and Aged Care Coordinator
Tony joined LGBTIQ+ Health as the Ageing and Aged Care Coordinator in January 2022. He brings experience in aged care and psychiatric rehabilitation sectors working in a multitude of roles including diversional therapy, nursing, quality and compliance auditing, social work, and workforce training roles. Tony is passionate about working towards truly inclusive care practices in the aged care sector and enriching the lives of the elderly on a journey of dementia and creating dementia friendly environments both within and outside of aged care homes.
Social Inclusion Disability Project Officer
Cat joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in January 2022 to assist in delivering the Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Way Project. Cat brings experience working in the government sector as an Assistant Project Officer for Disability Inclusion and in providing administrative support for LGBTIQ+ mental health services. With a background in Gender Studies and Socio-Legal Studies, Cat is passionate about social justice and advocating for the needs of marginalised communities. She values the importance of listening to and learning from the diverse lived experiences of those within the community to move towards an equitable and harmonious society.