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 Director
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.
Finance and Governance 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.
Corporate Services and Membership Coordinator
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.
Palliative Care Project Officer
Jacinta joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in June 2022. Prior to joining LHA, she worked in policy and project roles at NSW Health, where she also co-chaired the Rainbow Working Group at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Jacinta has an educational background in social research and policy, and brings specialist knowledge in co-design and other forms of community/service user involvement. Previously, she worked in the non-profit sector, where she led initiatives supporting meaningful involvement by people living with mental illness, dementia and disability. Prior to her career in health policy, Jax worked as a researcher and producer in public service journalism.
Ageing and Aged Care Officer
Oscar joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as the Ageing and Aged Care Project Officer in August 2022. He has worked in student services and wellbeing support, and aged care projects promoting social engagement and wellbeing support for the most isolated residents and those living with dementia. Most recently he worked as a social worker for Health Care Australia as part of COVID-19 Quarantine Operations in Victoria. He was part of a multidisciplinary team, providing mental health and well-being support to a variety of residents in quarantine in hotels and at Mickleham facility.
Oscar was an Officer for the Colombian Army. He worked in Defence operations, providing military training and the opportunity to begin a career in the military to people from low socio-economic backgrounds. He also facilitated support to organisations delivering health programs in remote areas in Colombia.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Director
Erin joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as the Director for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in August 2022. She brings with her extensive experience in drug and alcohol, mental health, and suicide prevention programs and policy, from both government and non-government sectors. Erin is passionate about mental health and suicide prevention in the LGBTIQ+ community and has been an advocate on lived experience panels and advisory committees for the NSW Mental Health Commission and for Suicide Prevention Australia. She has also worked in HIV/AIDS prevention in Bangladesh with UNAIDS and CARE Bangladesh, working directly with communities providing harm minimisation and primary health care support.
Erin is very committed to lived experience and peer inclusion in the development and design of programs and policies, particularly in mental health and suicide prevention, and the establishment of strong collaborative partnerships with government and community stakeholders.
Corporate Services Director
Maneesh has extensive experience working across different industries, leading complex organisations through periods of significant growth & transformation. He has done MBA specialising in Business Operations & joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in September 2022 to lead the Corporate Services team to ensure high standards of service delivery.
Maneesh aims to create a sense of belonging for LHA's team members, providing an opportunity for everyone to do their best work and reach their potential. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion and supporting positive social change over a strong and varied career where he has worked extensively with vulnerable groups through government, non-government and not for profit organisations.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager
Shannon joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in October 2022. Prior to joining LHA, Shannon worked in a number of community and government organisations as a Social Worker, Counsellor, Practice Lead and Family and Youth Worker. They are passionate about providing holistic and practical mental health supports for LGBTQIA+ communities, specialising in creative solutions for youth in rural and remote communities.