CHIFVC acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and the Traditional Owners of the lands, waterways and skies where we live, work and play. We celebrate that this is the oldest continuous living culture in the world, and that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.
Across the Central Highlands region, we acknowledge Wurundjeri, Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung, Eastern Marr and Wotjobaluk peoples, and pay respect to elders past and present.
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Dr Jess Cadwallader

Principal Strategic Advisor

Jess joined CHIFVC in June 2019 as the Principal Strategic Advisor. Jess has a PhD on feminist theories of embodiment, and has completed postdoctoral studies on responses to trauma, gender inequality and social memory. Most recently working on information sharing and the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework at the Department of Health and Human Services, she has an extensive background in research, consultation, advocacy and policy in relation to violence prevention and response.

Susie Muller

Family Violence & Disability Practice Lead

Inspired by the opportunity to improve the accessibility of specialist family violence and sexual assault services for people with disability, Susie joined CHIFVC in August 2023 as the Family Violence and Disability Practice Lead. Susie has a Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy specialising in Acquired Brain Injury and a Master of Politics and Policy, as well as experience in service delivery within the family violence and disability sector. Susie is passionate about equality, inclusion and working within a feminist framework.

Youzhen Huang

Workforce Development Officer

Yo joined CHIFVC in 2020, after gaining her Master of Social Work degree. Yo is passionately committed to social justice, and to striving for equal human rights for all. Her extensive training experience and expertise from different roles across the health and community sector and her frontline work experience in family violence case management bring valuable knowledge and skills to her role at CHIFVC as a Workforce Development Officer. Yo is responsible for delivering MARAM Collaborative Practice training, leading the Mutual Mentoring group as well as other workforce development activities.

Katherine McCready

CHIFVC Admin & Project Support Officer

Katherine joined the CHIFVC team in 2023. Having worked in the animal welfare sector, and as a frontline case manager, dealing with family violence and child wellbeing, she utilises her experience in the family violence and community services sector to provide administrative and project support to CHIFVC. Katherine has a Bachelor of Psychological Science, and is currently completing further study in Anthropology. She is passionate about ending gender inequality and family violence in order to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

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