CONSUMER ADVISORY GROUP
Clare Mitchell (she/her) is a student in the Bachelor of Applied Public Health at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Previously a nursing student, until ill health & disability cut short that career path, Clare has long had a goal of working in sexual and reproductive health. She is passionate about health education, community engagement and empowerment, and research.
When not advising for SPHERE, Clare is the President of the LGBTIQ+ Society at her university, she volunteers for Thorne Harbour Health, does consumer advisory work for cohealth and attends as many conferences as she can afford. To wind down, she enjoys the ballet, watching ice hockey, superhero comics, brunch and video games.
Chiedza Malunga is a public health professional with experience in refugee health and sexual and reproductive health promotion and research in multicultural communities. Chiedza has worked in statewide programs across Victoria, ranging from individual and community-based programs through to policy and advocacy initiatives. She is passionate about building the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to respond effectively to the needs of the most vulnerable groups. In her current work in Australian healthcare, she is strongly guided by principles of equity and social justice to influence and inclusive healthcare. Chiedza is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and gardening
Darcy Money is currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Melbourne, specialising in health promotion and policy. Her special interests include both women’s health and mental health. Darcy hopes to utilise her personal experiences, interests and theoretical public health knowledge to help inform and voice consumers experiences in women’s sexual and reproductive health research at SPHERE. Darcy hopes her position as a consumer advisor can ultimately aid in improving women’s sexual and reproductive health care access, literacy, delivery and policy practice through sharing the diverse experiences, challenges and opinions of women.
Isabelle Stevenson is an early career health promotion professional. In her current role as the Project Coordinator for the Well-being Profiler at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, she uses an evidence-based tool to assess the well-being needs of young people, school staff and parents and carers. This role involves working with stakeholders including Local Government Organisations, community-based not-for-profits and State Government Departments. Isabelle’s key interests are gender equity, sexual and reproductive health, the prevention of violence against women and mental wellbeing.
Sam Jones is a communications professional who has worked for not-for-profit, healthcare,
government and private sector organisations. During her career, she has worked with sexual and reproductive healthcare providers on the redevelopment of consumer-facing content to meet accessibility requirements for readability. She runs a website dedicated to explaining complex mental health and sexual health concepts in accessible and entertaining ways for the public. This work has led to her collaborating with the Kinsey Institute, Pelvic Pain Australia and presenting at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Sam is a passionate plain language advocate, sex educator and mental health champion.
Sonia Kohlbacher is studying for a Bachelor of International Public Health at the University of New South Wales and plans to pursue a Master of Women's Health Medicine. After a decade of raising awareness and advocating for actions to address women's health issues as a journalist in Australia and Cambodia, she is transitioning into a career in women's health. Sonia is passionate about using her personal and professional experience to help women better access primary healthcare professionals, support and resources to make informed decisions about their health
Rosie Allan has a background in education with a keen interest in health education, promotion and advocacy. She holds a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies with a major in Education from The University of Queensland and has previously worked as a Health Education and Science teacher in secondary schools. Rosie has a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health and how education and health policy impacts the efficacy of sexuality and health educational programs. She is currently on a break from her Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program. Rosie joins SPHERE in 2021 as a member of the Consumer Advisory Group.
Melanie McGuane is a single mother with an Advanced Diploma in Business and Legal Management and is completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2021. Melanie has a passion for breaking down taboos and stereo types and removing stigmas, ensuring equal and equitable access to services regardless of gender, race, age, financial or marital status.
Marianthi is a values-driven professional with expertise in youth mental health and women’s reproductive health. Her passion for unbiased, evidence-based health information, and access to health services ignited during her time at the Royal Women’s Hospital, working as a counsellor/advocate, supporting and advocating for women with an unplanned pregnancy. Marianthi, joined SPHERE’s consumer advisory group in 2020, to continue advocating for person-centred and accessible sexual and reproductive health services in Australia. She holds a Master of Evaluation and a Bachelor of Social Work.