Meet our passionate staff, who deliver our programs, services, research and advocacy.
Chief Executive Officer
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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.
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Nicole Jenkins joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in November 2023 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Nicole is a proud Gamilaroi woman who grew up on country in Moree.
Nicole is a member of the Atlantic Institute’s Global Fellows and an inaugural member of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity. Through seven global, interconnected programs, Atlantic Fellows collaborate across borders and disciplines to address the root causes of inequity.
Previously Nicole was the Centre Manager of The Centre – Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre (NRCLC) where she guided the development of two key organisational guiding documents, Feminist Framework and Community Development Framework.
Having recently completed a Master of Social Change Leadership, Nicole is passionate about elevating the voices of sections of the community who are not always at the table.
Policy, Research and Communications Director
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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.
Executive Director – Corporate Services
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Peter Hanson joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2023. Peter has worked in Corporate Services and Finance roles in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Chartered Accountant and associate of the Governance Institute of Australia. Before joining LHA he worked for a not-for-profit organisation which cares for marginalised young people throughout NSW, based in Blacktown.
Peter is excited to be working for an organisation providing services to diverse marginalised communities. He aims to develop the corporate service functions to become an even more effective and efficient enabler for the program delivery functions of LHA.
Director – Training and Capacity Building
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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.
EA and Membership Lead
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Paula joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2021 with now over 8 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. Paula has, in her time at LHA, undertaken projects such as the coordination of two membership outreach campaigns, as well as the coordination and assistance in producing LHA's podcast The Latest.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Director
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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.
Social Inclusion Disability Project Coordinator
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Catherine joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in January 2022 to assist in delivering the Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Way Project. Catherine 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, Catherine 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.
Policy and Research Lead - Ageing
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Michael joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in January 2023 as Ageing Policy and Research Lead. He brings with him 15 years of experience in analysis and promotion of human rights including in HIV, Health and Privacy. Immediately prior to his role at LHA, he was the LGBTIQ+ Specialist Adviser at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
He also has served on a number of community legal centre boards, and is a passionate advocate for the promotion of human-centred advocacy and policy. Michael completed an undergraduate Law and International Studies Degree Spanish language major and then a Master in Human Rights.
Data Evaluation and Technical Coordinator
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Mathew joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as the Data Evaluation and Technical Coordinator in July 2022. He previously worked as the Data Team Leader in the NSW Covid-19 Contact Tracing Team. Prior to this he spent 13 years as the Records and Information Management Lead within the Finance Sector. Mathew also has approximately 10 years’ experience working for, and volunteering in community-based, volunteer led organisations with a focus on youth based intercultural learning. Mathew brings over 25 years of experience from the Corporate, Government (Health) and Not for Profit Sectors.
His passions include interpreting and presenting data in a meaningful and useful way, identifying trends, helping organisations to work smarter and/or efficiently along with sexual health and wellbeing.
Corporate Services Officer
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Ian joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2023 with over six years experience in customer service and administration, most recently in the Community Housing sector. With a strong passion for social justice and community engagement, Ian is excited to bring their experience, along with their background in community media to contribute to meaningful change for the LGBTQIA+ Community.
Digital Health Director
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Sophie Potter joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in November 2022 as Digital Health Director. She has worked across the community sector in Australia, the UK, and south-east Asia since 2000. She has spent the last 10 years in leadership roles at leading digital mental health services ReachOut and SANE Australia. She is passionate about peer work, connection and community. Sophie utilises both her lived and learned experience to deliver exceptional digital programs. She has academic qualifications in Cultural Studies and Community Sector Management.
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Bec joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as QLife Coordinator in February 2023. She previously spent over 5 years at Lifeline in a number of roles, including frontline work, supervising, coaching, and leading a large and dynamic team by providing operational, service delivery and practice support. Bec is passionate about setting others up for success and collaboratively working through obstacles. She has postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and Law, and previously practiced as a commercial solicitor before identifying a more burning desire to support others and the community.
Mental Health Practice Lead
Michael joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in April 2023 as QLife's Mental Health Practice Lead. Michael is a qualified social worker and has worked in health, community health and social care for the last 20 years. In his spare time Michael volunteered with his professional association and with community controlled LGBTIQ+ organisations. Michael is passionate about providing marginalised communities access to the support they need.
Policy and Research Lead
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Ian joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2023. Prior to this, Ian has worked with the Centre for Social Impact, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Kirby Institute, and ACON. Ian is passionate about social justice and human rights. Throughout his career, he has been committed to amplifying the voices of those with lived experience, working to create a more inclusive and equitable society. Ian has a background in health research, having completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute in 2019.
Project Coordinator - Ageing and Aged Care
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Jo joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2023. She has over 25 years of experience in the health and human service sectors, in both management and non-management roles. During her career, Jo has worked in HIV/AIDS, health promotion and health policy. Most recently she has been working in Aboriginal health. Jo has Masters qualifications in Arts (Women’s Studies), Public Health and Social Work (Qualifying).
Jo is passionate about working alongside disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
Director - Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention
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Kai Noonan started working with LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in October 2023 as the Director of Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence prevention. Kai has over 15 years’ experience delivering and managing programs and services in the not-for-profit sector, specialising in sexual, domestic and family violence (SDFV).
In 2015, Kai began focussing on SDFV in LGBTIQ+ communities and since then they have developed numerous educational resources – including websites and short videos, developed and facilitated training across Australia, presented at over 30 conferences, sat on 6 advisory committees and co-authored 4 pieces of research.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager
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Elisabeth (Liz) joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager in October 2023. Liz brings a wealth of experience working in the health not-for-profit space, with about 12 years' experience focused on both mental health and suicide prevention, as well as HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexual health. Liz has worked primarily in project and program management roles, with a great deal of experience in training and resource development, as well as working in co-design with community. Liz also brings experience of direct support work, including working with young people and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Liz is passionate about ensuring that all voices are heard and embedded into resources and service delivery.
Ageing and Aged Care Lead
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Lisa started working with LGBTIQ+ Australia in October 2023 as Ageing and Aged Care Lead. Lisa has qualifications in Law, Behavioural Science and Physical Health and Wellbeing. Lisa worked in mental health in the community and not-for-profit sector for over ten years, with older clients, families, and carers. Lisa is passionate about consumer advocacy and building capacity in the aged care sector to support more inclusive service delivery.