our people

T H E   B O A R D

The NORWACS Board is comprised of four dedicated volunteer members with a diverse range of skills, interests and experience. We currently have Board vacancies. If you are interested in joining our Board register here.

Samantha Crompvoets

Samantha Crompvoets

Board Chairperson

Sam has a background as an academic, entrepreneur, consultant, and advisor to federal government and the private sector on issues to do with women’s health policy and advocacy, domestic and family violence, institutional misconduct, and integrating women into traditionally male dominated fields. She is passionate about empowering women in business, having founded and run her own small business for eight years.

Jane Gold

Jane Gold

Secretary

Jane has worked in Community Services for Non-Government Organisations for 30 years.  Jane’s career included Women’s Refuge Work in Victoria for 13 years, Family Services Work back in NSW for 5 years and as Manager/Executive Officer at Penrith Women’s Health Centre from 2011 and lastly some contract work for Women’s Health NSW before retiring from the workforce in 2021.

Justine Dorrell

Justine Dorrell

Treasurer

An experienced Recruitment Consultant, Justine has been supporting businesses in the Northern Rivers and QLD with their recruitment and training needs since 2011, and is experienced in temporary, permanent and executive recruitment.  

As the Talent and Culture Manager for Elements of Byron over the past two years, Justine Dorrell has embedded a culture of care, belonging and growth through her leadership of recruitment, culture and training.

Tess Dellagiacoma

Tess Dellagiacoma

Member

Tess began her career as a registered nurse at the Camperdown Children’s Hospital. Tess is now a nationally accredited mediator and runs her own business under the Family Law Act. She has completed the Foundations of Directorship course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She hopes to contribute her expertise in board governance, her knowledge of government funding and philanthropic grants, and her law qualifications and demonstrated feminist approach to delivering services.

T H E   S T A F F

 

 

 

Kelly Banister
Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline Alinaitwe
Operations Manager

Sandra Denison
Finance Officer

Madeleine Smith
Executive Assistant

Emma Siegal
LWHRC Project Manager

Krsna Mayshack-Mendero
LWHRC Intake, Information & Referral

Emma Pearse
LWHRC Intake, Information & Referral

Daniela Bataglia
LWHRC Counsellor
Program Worker – WORTH

Karin McLennan
LWHRC Counsellor

 

Nerida Colley
LWHRC Health Promotion Officer

Rhiannon Hill
LWHRC Assistant Health Promotion Officer

Kath O’Driscoll
Women’s Health Nurse – LWHRC & WORTH

Kristin Alexander
Shark Cage Group Lead Facilitator

Mandy Jay
Shark Cage Group
Co-Facilitator

Alyse Parham
WORTH Project Manager

Micaela Martin
Social Worker – WORTH

Sonja Habernicht
Psychologist – WORTH

Jessica Barrett
Program Worker (Social Worker) – WORTH

Alice White
DV Specialist – WORTH

jobs

We are committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community and encourage women from diverse backgrounds to apply.

NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

A Working with Children check will be undertaken on preferred candidates.

DFV Specialist

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. (NORWACS) is looking for a qualified and experienced Domestic and Family Violence Specialist.

Why Join Us?

    • Key leadership role in the women’s health sector
    • Be part of a trusted organisation
    • Work with a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
    • Salary Sacrifice offered + laptop and mobile phone
    • Flexible family friendly workplace
    • Professional development encouraged
    • Paid monthly supervision for all clinical staff
    • Generous salary based on qualification and experience

    You will be encouraged to have autonomy to implement your ideas and drive outcomes.

About the Role

The position requires 3 days a week (21hrs) on a fixed-term contract ending on 30 June 2023 with the possibility of extending subject to funding. Performance will be assessed within six months of commencement and a six month probationary qualifying period will also apply.

The DFV Specialist will work closely with the NORWACS team to provide an effective and streamlined service that assists women experiencing DFV with threat assessment and safety planning, case co-ordination, information and court advocacy. The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal and organisational skills, and knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence including AVO and DV applications.

NORWACS considers that being female is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under Section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)

About You

We’re searching for a highly qualified and dynamic DFV specialist to successfully assist women in the community in a post-disaster setting.  You will conduct risk assessments to ascertain client’s current risk indictors and undertake safety planning to address immediate safety needs; treatment/support planning and case management. Through your work, you will ensure that our goals of community support, connection and outcomes is being achieved. You will show cultural awareness and have excellent interpersonal skills which are vital for this role, as good teamwork is central to our success.

All work is undertaken in accordance with NORWACS philosophy, policies, procedures and relevant legislation as well as NORWACS’ vision and values, which includes working within a feminist, social justice framework.

About Us

NORWACS has been working with women in the Northern Rivers community since the 1980s first starting out as a women and children’s refuge. Current services include the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre, WORTH: Women’s OutReach Trauma Health service, Heartfelt House: support for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and WISE: Women in Social Enterprise. Details of each of our services can be found via our website: https://www.norwacs.org.au.

How to Apply

Applications should be emailed to and be received by 31 December 2023.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews week commencing Monday, 8 January 2023.

Only those applications received via the will be considered.

NORWACS is an equal opportunity employer. NORWACS will actively recruit our workforce from targeted communities; including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, sexually and gender diverse women and women living with a disability, women with lived experience and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Project Manager

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. (NORWACS) is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the position of Project Manager for the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre.  This position is on a part -time basis working 4 days per week

 

Why Join Us?

  • Key leadership role in the women’s health sector
  • Be part of a trusted organisation
  • Work with a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
  • Salary Sacrifice offered + laptop and mobile phone
  • Flexible family friendly workplace
  • Professional development encouraged
  • Paid monthly supervision for all clinical staff
  • Generous salary based on qualification and experience

 

You will be encouraged to have autonomy to implement your ideas and drive outcomes.

 

About the Role

The position requires up to 4 days (28hours) per week, which may include some weekend and evenings on a two-year fixed term contract with an option to extend subject to funding. Performance will be assessed within six months of commencement and a six-month probationary qualifying period will also apply.

NORWACS considers that being female is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under Section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)

About You

We are searching for a highly qualified and dynamic project manager to successfully assist women in the community.  You will provide leadership to a small multidisciplinary team of health professionals. You will prepare and present updates regularly to relevant management channels, ensuring that our goals of community support, connection and outcomes is being achieved. You will show cultural awareness and have excellent interpersonal skills which are vital for this role, as good teamwork is central to our success.

All work is undertaken in accordance with NORWACS’ philosophy, policies and procedures and relevant legislation as well as NORWACS’ vision and values, which includes working within a feminist, social justice framework.

 About Us

NORWACS has been working with women in the Northern Rivers community since the 1980s first starting out as a women and children’s refuge. Current services include the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre, WORTH: Women’s OutReach Trauma Health service , Heartfelt House: support for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and WISE: Women in Social Enterprise. Details of each of our services can be found via our website: https://www.norwacs.org.au.

How to Apply

 

     

    NORWACS is an equal opportunity employer. NORWACS will actively recruit our workforce from targeted communities; including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, sexually and gender diverse women and women living with a disability, women with lived experience and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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    collaborators

    We work collaboratively with other service providers to meet the needs of women in our communities, particularly for those who are at higher risk of poor health and wellbeing outcomes. If you are interested in working with us and would like to discuss partnership opportunities we’d love to hear from you.

    volunteers

    We work with a small number of skilled volunteers. If you would like to donate your time and skills in support of our work, you are invited to register your interest here.

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