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Meet our SWAN team

Welcome to the SWAN Board. My name is Heather and I am the founder of SWAN Australia. My daughter is my inspiration which fuels my passionate to continue to support and advocate for SWAN families.

I am a member of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Community Advisory Group and the Australian Genomics “Genomics in the Community” Working Group. I am also a moderator for both the FOXP1 and Undiagnosed rareconnect.org communities

Liz has worked in the community sector for over 35 years, largely in the disability sector where she has developed exceptional leadership and management skills through experience and education. Liz has worked as a strategic project a manger, group facilitator and held various deputy CEO and CEO not for profit roles. Liz has chaired numerous not for profit boards and is very experienced in governance./p>

I have an accounting background and enjoy volunteering my time and contributing to SWAN via my skill set.

Melanie has over 10 years governance experience on disability boards. Melanie worked as a project manager for the department of health projects team. Melanie has worked as a research fellow at Monash University and has had her research published. Melanie has been involved with writing a number of health and disability grants and currently works as a nurse and health care provider.

Nicole has over 4 years governance experience on disability boards. Nicole has over 15 years policy experience across the health and disability sectors, including Cancer Council, Glaxo Smith Kline consumer health care and Amaze (autism not for profit). Prior to that Nicole worked as a lawyer, specialising in refugee law.

I am a Victorian based genetic counsellor working primarily in the cancer and general genetics settings. I have been a member of the SWAN committee since 2016. I hope that my experiences working in genetics will assist me in supporting SWAN families by providing information and insight into genetics and genetic testing as well as ongoing support through their journey.

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