Tina has vast experience in leading programs in the non-for-profit sector and is skilled in the development and delivery of programs that are evidence-informed, effective, efficient and make a positive difference to client’s lives. Tina has a Masters in Social Work and Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Practice Leadership. She has worked with street children in India and was a member of the world campaign against child prostitution, ECPAT, where she played a leading role in the expansion of the campaign to Mumbai, India, and helped extend the campaign to the African continent. Subsequently, Tina coordinated a UNICEF-funded project for Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances. Tina was nominated for the Mahila Shiromani Award by the President of India for “women of inspiring achievement“. In Australia since1996, Tina has worked in counselling, mediation, community development, management of children and family services and till Sept 2018, was a member of the Victorian Government’s RIMAG (Roadmap Implementation Minister’s Advisory Group) sub-group helping drive evidence-informed and outcomes-focussed learning systems in the family sector in response to the recommendations of the Family Violence Commission, 2016. She has developed and delivered high-quality innovative services that fill a gap. especially in the fields of cultural diversity, family support and family violence and trauma. Tina has spent years being a speaker at national and international conferences on working with vulnerable children and families, cultural diversity issues and recovery from violence and trauma.
Chandana Rao has over a decade of experience working in the community sector in the prevention space. She has worked extensively in the Gambling sector in the recent past, coordinating projects funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and working with peer education and support projects. She has also worked in the Family Violence sector involving the Indian community on prevention and response programs. Other areas worked include the mental health and aged care sectors.
Chandana worked in the IT sector in various countries including Singapore, United States, India and Australia, before changing her career. She has been a champion for justice and equality within her community, partaking in advocacy campaigns on gambling and family violence matters.