Find out about the team
Below are short bios on each of our staff and board members.
Louise is an experienced leader in the Not for Profit sector and is currently the Executive Officer of NOFASD Australia. She holds a Master of Sociology degree from Murdoch University awarded for a research project centred on community knowledge and awareness of alcohol in pregnancy and has travelled to Canada to observe approaches to therapeutic prison environments, FASD awareness and education; and employment programs.
Dr Anne Heath
Dr Anne Heath is a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and formerly held the role of NOFASD Australia as National Educational Director. Anne’s background in education and community services has included direct work with or support of staff who have worked with individuals with lived experience of FASD. Anne is continually seeking to raise awareness of FASD within and beyond her wider community services and education networks and is an advocate within the higher education sector for students with FASD. Anne is a former Board member of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC), and State Council of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Anne is also an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a certified professional member of the AHRI, and she holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Tasmania.
Christine is a primary school teacher, with a special interest in Early Childhood education and facilitating parent groups. She has worked in a Northern Territory community and now enjoys short term fostering of a little girl from NT.
With her partner she regularly has students from Worawa Aboriginal College for home stays. She is keen to increase the awareness of FASD within the school setting through the education of school staff.
Chair of Board
Tony is a retired South Australian Public Servant. His career commenced in the civil and structural engineering areas of the Public Buildings Department before moving on to the Coast Protection Board, the Department of Recreation and Sport and lastly the Regional Economic Development Division of the Economic Development Authority. He project managed one of Australia’s first and arguably more significant government online transaction platforms before moving on to an economic sustainability program prior to his retirement.
Tony’s involvement with FASD commenced as a foster parent with his youngest daughter who was eventually diagnosed with partial FAS. His wife Sue Miers, is the founder of NOFASD Aust. which was established in 1998. Both Tony and Sue have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in FASD through raising their daughter who has presented the challenges, and it must be said the joys, that are associated with the condition.
While Tony is currently the Acting Treasurer of NOFASD Aust., he has served as the Public Officer of the Organisation for the last twenty years. Notwithstanding this, he considers his primary role to provide support to the well-recognised effort and achievements Sue has made in the FASD field. This support has ranged from establishing and managing the first website (when the organisation was called NOFASARD), acting as Sue’s “roadie” on the many trips and presentations she has made over the years, accompanying her on countless meetings with politicians and senior government advisors and not the least sharing in the ups and downs that Sue’s persistent activism has involved.
Along with Sue, Tony is part of the history of NOFASD Aust. and his vision for the Organisation is that one day it’s role and services will no longer be required.
National Projects Officer
Jessica Hannan is the National Projects Officer at NOFASD as well as a paediatric occupational therapist. Jessica is based on the NSW South Coast where she has gained experience working with children living with FASD. Jessica is passionate about helping children living with FASD achieve independence in all aspects of their lives as well as training and educating other allied health professionals on how to be FASD-informed in their service provisions.
Marketing and Management
National Community Educator
Nicole Hewlett is an Aboriginal woman with a Bachelor degree in Psychological Sciences (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Public Health. Nicole has broad experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and has worked to support the implementation of effective Close the Gap policy, address issues around racism and promote diabetes management. Nicole recently managed a nation-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander project aimed at raising awareness of, and reducing the impact of FASD in Australia. This project provided Nicole with unique experience while developing her interest in, and understanding of, FASD. The extent of the damage caused by alcohol in pregnancy and knowledge gaps amongst health professionals and in communities are issues she hopes to address. Nicole is passionate about raising awareness of the risks of alcohol-exposed pregnancy and advocating on behalf of those living with FASD, in particular those who are incarcerated. She has a keen interest in ensuring that Aboriginal people have a voice at tables where the most difference can be made in addressing FASD.