Better reproductive and sexual heath for women and girls

ARHA works to advance the status of women and girls by promoting public support for improved sexual and reproductive health. 
We do this by providing information and support to leaders, including members of parliament, in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

We achieve our aims by:
–promoting knowledge, education and research relating to the development of family planning and other reproductive health services
–producing educational materials
–organisating seminars and workshops
–preparating briefing materials for members of the media
–networking with parliamentarians, government departments and other interested parties as required
–supporting and promoting alliances with opinion makers with comparable aims and objectives
–undertaking and supporting specific development projects which promote reproductive health
–working independently or with partner organisations.


ARHA board and patrons

Susan Stratigos
Susan has a strong back ground in health policy including women's health and she had extensive experience in development. She was most recently policy advisor for the Rural Doctors Association and prior to that worked for the Queensland Department of Health in a variety of roles with a focus on women's health.
Susan is committed to reproductive health rights of women and girls and understands the integral link to development in our region. Susan is President of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Canberra and is active in a number of community organisations.

Kelsey Powell
Kelsey recently retired as Chief Executive Officer, Family Planning Queensland. In addition to her wide ranging nursing qualifications and a Bachelor of Education Studies she holds graduate diplomas and certificates in management courses and has a diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kelsey has extensive experience in international development work and its management and was Manager of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia's International Program. She has been particularly involved in training and education in the South Pacific. Her expertise in sex education is highly regarded and she has contributed to a number of publications and journals. Kelsey lectures part-time with Bond University.

Margaret Hansford
Margaret Hansford is a principal of Partnership Solutions which is a management consultancy with an emphasis on assisting not-for-profit and public sector organisations to develop strategy and support their day to day business. She holds Masters of Arts and of Primary Health Care, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. She has extensive additional management and nursing qualifications.
Prior to setting up Partnership Solutions Margaret was CEO of Family Planning NSW, the largest provider of family planning services in NSW, Director of Health Policy and Planning at the Australian Council of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Manager, Sexual Assault Service Royal Women's Hospital, Brisbane. Her Board experience includes ministerial appointee to the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide; Treasurer of the National Rural Health Alliance; and Secretary and Treasurer of the AIDS Council of NSW.

Ian Howie
Ian has degrees in commerce and in economics, worked for UNFPA from 1990 to 2008, most recently as its representative in Vietnam and earlier in China and Ghana, as well as in New York. Through the 1980s he was with the International Labour Organisation in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and then Kenya, with some time back in Australia as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations. Prior to that he worked in Papua New Guinea and in Fiji as national coordinator of the Fiji Trades Union Congress where he also lectured at the University of the South Pacific.

Gail Tregear
Gail Tregear was formerly with the Australian National University's College of Economics and Management where she worked on training programs for senior government officials from transitional economies. These were focused on Budgetary Policy and Fiscal Development and also on funding social security programs. She was also involved in AusAID's ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program's Regional Economic Policy Support Facility, based in the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

Board Members
Cameron McLean
Cameron began his career as an HIV/AIDS social worker in NSW Health. He has worked as a clinical social worker in the United States and as a private psychotherapist in Sydney. From 1995-2001 he was Director of Social Work at St Vincents' Hospital Sydney. Since completing his Master of Health Services Management in 2002 Mr McLean has held various senior executive positions within NSW Health, Family Planning NSW and the commercial sector.
In 2007 Cameron joined G4S Australia Pty Ltd, a multinational security company, where he was General Manager of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. He is currently responsible for G4S' national detention operations and for contract transition. Mr McLean is studying towards a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He lives in Sydney and works in Canberra.

Jeannette McHugh
Jeannette has a BA from Sydney University, and was a high school teacher until her marriage in 1960. She joined the ALP in 1967 because of distress over Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war and was an activist on women's rights, child care, the environment, anti-nuclear issues, disarmament and peace. She was a Member of the NSW Women's Advisory Council from 1976 - 1983.
In 1983, Ms McHugh was elected to the Federal Parliament. She was the MP for Phillip 1983 - 1993; MP for Grayndler 1993 - 1996; Chair, House of Representatives Environment and Arts Committee; Chair, Caucus Welfare Committee; Minister for Consumer Affairs 1992 - 1996. Ms McHugh retired in 1996 and is currently Chair, Jessie Street Trust; Executive Committee Member Evatt Foundation; Committee member of Hoc Mai, the Australia-Vietnam Medical Foundation; Patron ADFA, and a member of various community groups.

Project Officer
Amelia Robertson
Amelia has more than 10 years experience as a corporate communications advisor, including most recently as a group account director at Red Agency, which helped WWF to launch Earth Hour. Amelia holds a Master of Arts (Politics & International Relations) from UNSW, is passionate about rights-based public policy in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific, and joined ARHA from the progressive public interest think tank the Centre for Policy Development.

Wendy McCarthy AO
Wendy has made an outstanding contribution to Australian public life, education and women's issues. In 1995, she was named Deputy Chancellor of the University of Canberra and the following year, she was appointed Chancellor. She has also served as Deputy Chair of Plan International and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust of Australia. In addition to her work in Australia, she also has represented her country at international conferences on health promotion, broadcasting, media, women's issues and family planning.

Emeritus Prof. John C Caldwell AO FASSA
Jack Caldwell obtained his PhD (Demography) at the Australian National University. He was head of the Department of Demography, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU 1970-1988; Associate Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU 1988-1993; University Fellow ANU 1994-1997; Visiting Fellow, NCEPH and Demography and Sociology Program, ANU 1998 - present. He is an Adjunct Professor at Harvard University. He was Foundation President of the Australian Population Association, 1980-82; Vice President, 1989-93 and President 1993-97 of the International Union of the Scientific Study of Population.

Dr Harry Cohen AM
Dr Cohen was educated at Perth Modern School, University of Adelaide Medical School, obtaining MB, BS in 1955. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1979). He has held consultant posts at Royal Perth Hospital (Head of Dept of Gynaecology) and at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Dr Cohen has been on the staff of the King Edward memorial Hospital for 45 years and will be retiring at the end of this year. More recently he has been the head of Department of Gynaecology, and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He has been a long time environmental activist, being recently President of the Conservation Council of WA, and President of The Medical Association for the Prevention of War. He was formerly the national president of Sustainable Population Australia and currently the WA branch president. He received the award of AM in 1995. Dr Cohen was born in 1932, he is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Marie Coleman
Marie was the first woman to head a Commonwealth Government statutory agency, and the first woman to hold the powers of Permanent Head under the Public Service Act. She was founding Secretary of the National Foundation for Australian Women, one of the NFAW Board of Directors who worked to establish the Australian Women's Archives Project She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1989 and recently awarded the Women's Award for a significant and sustained contribution in advocating for women's rights. She is the ACT Senior Australian of the Year 2011.


Our Partners
ARHA works with many domestic and international organisations to advance support for enhanced reproductive and sexual health.


United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Asia Pacific Alliance
Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development
David and Luicile Packard Foundation
SPRINT Initiative - International Planned Parenthood Federation East and South East Asia and Oceania Regional Office

NATIONAL partners

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Australian Government Office for Women
Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
Marie Stopes International Australia
Reproductive Choice Australia
Children by Choice
UNIFEM Australia



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