There is no greater legacy one can have than to improve the lot of others
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Azmiri Mian
Researcher
Azmiri is also a Lecturer in Social Work at Flinders University in the School of Social and Policy Studies. Azmiri is a South Australian Branch Committee member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Azmiri has over 18 years of experience in human services, both in government and non-government agencies in disability employment, aged care quality and compliance, mental health and Indigenous health sectors. Azmiri has worked in policy development. Azmiri’s PhD research is in social exchange processes in organisation networks of a large Indigenous organisation. Azmiri holds a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). Azmiri has a commitment to Indigenous health, education and employment.
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Les Thomas
Advocate
Les Thomas is a long time social justice advocate, singer-songwriter and designer from Melbourne of Victorian Stolen Generations descent. In recent years he has been most active as part of SOSBlakAustralia, a significant social justice movement. Les campaigned to prevent the closure of Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia. Les is also a proud member of the National Tertiary Education Union.
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Pauline Koppel
Researcher
Pauline is an accomplished proof reader and editor. Pauline has a Bachelor of Multimedia and a Master in IT (research) from Monash University. Pauline has a background in film editing, sound production, multimedia presentations, education and graphic design. Born in the Netherlands and arriving as child to Australia Pauline has a passion for social justice causes throughout the world however has an Australian focus on “the cycle of poverty, homelessness and incarceration of First Nations People.
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Carla Lusini
Researcher
Carla teaches English to refugee children in an Intensive English Centre. Carla was born in Italy and arrived in Australia aged five and lived in the Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions of Western Australia. Many of these years for Carla were as a Ward of the State – at the Coolgardie Convent. Carla has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from the University of Western Australia. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Education in Language Acquisition and Soicolinguistics. Carla has focused studies on “comparative politics and how colonisation was instrumental in creating third-world economies.” Nearly all the schools Carla has taught in were ‘low socioeconomic regions and corridors. Carla is fluent in Italian and Indonesian. Carla’s early years as a Ward of the State and as a non-English speaker “engendered empathy and an understanding of what it means to not belong but also that it is possible to change the course of your life no matter your beginnings.”
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Gerry Georgatos
Researcher and advocate
Gerry is a researcher and advocate in suicide prevention, restorative justice, prison reform, homelessness and in racism. He helped launch and was a member of the two and half year national project, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project. Some of Gerry’s research has identified elevated risk groups to suicide. He has developed wellbeing programs that have led former inmates and disadvantaged individuals to education and employment. Among his qualifications Gerry holds a Master in Social Justice Advocacy and a Master in Human Rights Education. His academic grounding is in Philosophy and Philology. He was the founder of Students Without Borders and has had a long association with Wheelchairs for Kids (rough terrain wheelchairs donated to 73 countries). He is a prolific writer on social justice issues.