SASHIN network member biographies and contact information.
SASHIN members with an * next to their name are also members of the University’s ALLY Network. Members of this network are staff and students who have an understanding of LGBTIQ issues. For more information visit the ALLY Network webpage.
|Joanne McNamara *
My position at the University is Student Counsellor, Specialist Sexual Violence Response and Training. As part of this role I coordinate the SASHI Network. I endeavour to improve responses at the University and prevent sexual harm, to make the University more safe and inclusive for our students. I have a passion for social justice and for ending gender-based violence, and have worked in Women’s Health and Sexual Health for almost 30 years.
Contact: Joanne McNamara
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (ABLE)
Hi, my name is Lisa and I work with the ABLE Exams and Results team located on Level 1, Nexus 10.
I was born in Scotland and emigrated to Australia in 1986. I am a First Aider, Mental Health First Aider and Surf Lifesaver and I am here to help you however I can.
Hi, my name is Tyson. I joined the University in 2022 to find myself inspired by other staff and students to join the SASH Network. I can now say I am a passionate advocate for student and staff wellbeing and a proud member of SASHIN, the ALLY Network, Wellbeing Network and an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. I am committed to supporting the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of the entire community here at the University of Adelaide.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (HMS)
As a proud member of the SASHIN Network, I am passionate about ensuring that our students feel safe and that we celebrate diversity and culture. Not only do I help students navigate the extensive range of support services available to assist them at all stages of their university journey, but I enjoy helping students develop strategies to work through challenges and achieve successful academic progress in their studies. I interact with a large number of students within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences by providing advice and guidance with university policy, program rules and wellbeing support.
Ella Russo *
As a passionate SASHIN member, I believe the safety of our students to be of the utmost importance on and off campus. I am the FHMS Student Support Officer and interact with a large cohort of students to provide guidance for referring to wellbeing services, academic progress and support to ensure a successful university journey. I use the pronouns she/her, am soon to be a member of the ALLY network and you can find me on the ground floor of Helen Mayo North building.
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
I have First Responder training (recognise and respond to discloures of rape and sexual assualt) and also Mental Health First Aid training. I work in the Science Service Hub as a student advisor and am also a mother of three children (aged 25, 22 and 17).
Takila Wood (she/ her)*
Hi there! My name is Takila, and I am a Student Success Advisor within ABLE. I work in this role as I care deeply about helping students succeed, not just academically, but also socially and emotionally. With Mental Health First Aid Accreditation, First Responder training and membership with the ALLY Network, I'm only an email away if you're looking for support. Please feel free to reach out!
Sandra Millburn Contact: email@example.com Andrew Purves Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Health and Wellbeing
I am a Wellbeing Project Officer at the University of Adelaide. I am passionate about creating inclusive environments, empowering students and fostering a sense of belonging within educational settings and driven by my commitment to cultivate a culture of welcome where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive.
English Language Centre (ELC)
Sandra is the Education Advisor at the University of Adelaide, English Language Centre (ELC) and am located on Level 11, 115 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. I have vast experience working in cross-cultural environments and an interest in enhancing students’ development of Intercultural Competency and Wellbeing. I am a member of the ALLY & SASH network at the University of Adelaide.
I am the Program Coordinator at the ELC, but have worked at the ELC for 11 years. I was a program administer and in the last year I was a student services advisor, helping students with a variety of issues, concerns and giving support. I am also a member of the ELC Wellbeing team with Sandra Caon-Parsons and we actively promote wellbeing initiatives for staff and students.
I have done the First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and am a member of the Ally Network.
Adelaide Graduate Research School
I was born and raised in Germany and came to Australia in 2007. Over my career from basic researcher to project and operations manager I have been working with people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, genders and sexualities. I am located on Level 10 in the Schulz Building (Adelaide Graduate Centre) on North Terrace.
I loved university so much that I never left! I’ve worked in the higher education sector for the majority of my career, supporting student success from undergraduate through to PhD, with most of the last decade focused on PhD students and programs. I am a member of the SASHI and ALLY networks, as well as the Transforming Culture working group as I’m committed to supporting a safe, inclusive University community. I use she/her pronouns.
I am a devoted committee member of the Women’s Professional Development network, advocating for equal opportunity in the workplace. I’m also an active member of the ALLY network and a first year Psychology student, passionate about the field of Neuropsychology. I am Mental Health First Aid trained and you can find me at Ask Adelaide, Hub Central.
My name is Teegan and I am the Student Services Coordinator at Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education. I am a Ngarrindjeri woman and my mob comes from Raukkan. At Wirltu Yarlu, I look after the Student Support team that provides individually tailored support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at The University of Adelaide.
- Currently on leave -
Deborah Bland Contact: email@example.com
I was born and raised in Adelaide but have spent time living and working overseas and interstate after completing my PhD at Flinders University. I started working for the University of Adelaide in 2011. I am an Education Specialist in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine you can find me at the Waite Campus in the Charles Hawker Building.
Hi, I’m Sally and I’m the Student Support Coordinator at Roseworthy Campus. I work with the Counselling Support and Disability Support teams to provide an extension of these services to students at the Roseworthy Campus. In addition to this, I have established and coordinate a student driven, “Wellbeing team” to support the mental health and wellbeing of Roseworthy students. I’m particularly passionate about raising awareness, reducing stigma and changing the conversation around mental health.
My name is Alyson and I work in the Residential College Team at Roseworthy Campus. I started working at the University in 1996 working at the North Terrace Campus with small projects at Roseworthy Campus.
I transferred to the Roseworthy Campus on a permanent basis in 2020. I am located on the ground floor of the College Hall (also known as the main building to some).
Hi, I’m Summa and I am the Human Resources Manager for YouX . I have over 20 years’ experience working in Human Resources. Part of my role as a HR professional is to provide a confidential advisory service for employees. YouX is the leading provider of student services, events, and experiences at the University of Adelaide. As part of my varied role at YouX I have opportunity to work with many different UoA students, whether they be employees of youX or volunteers assisting us in carrying out our services. I feel grateful to be part of the SASHIN Network to enable students access to another resource within the University space if they require it.
I am Jo (she/her), a member of both the SASHIN and ALLY networks. I am an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) and am located on Level 8 in Hughes Building. This role involves providing a wide range of non-academic support and advocacy for students. On leave until May 2024.
I am proud member of the Student Care Team and am always learning as I meet students and see the University change.
At Student Care, I wear the hat of an Education Welfare Officer, but my true passion lies in building bridges. I strive to empower students to claim their place in education, fostering inclusive environments where everyone feels welcome and valued. Equal opportunity isn't just a goal, it's the foundation I build upon.
Hello! I am Beth Coggins (she/her). I am the newest member to the YouX Student Care Team. I come from a background of Health and Midwifery and along the way shared in total, over 15 years at The University of Adelaide. I have worked as a senior member of Student Success teams to deliver student centric service from onboarding to graduation (and everything in-between). I now bring that knowledge and care of the student lifecycle to my role as an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO). I am located on Level 8 in Hughes Building. My role is providing a wide range of non-academic independent support and advocacy for ALL students. I am a trained and proud member of SASHIN and the ALLY Network.