Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho is the Acting Co- Manager of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), and Manger of the Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS).  MHSS is the only state-wide program that aims to prevent HIV, sexually transmissible infections, and viral Hepatitis amongst high prevalence refugee and migrant communities across Victoria. Alison also managers the Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnership (MDAP) an innovative approach working with young people, their families, communities and the AoD sector to improve access and support for the South Sudanese community.   She has a background in Sociology and Community Development.

Alison is a sitting member of the Victorian Departmental Blood Borne Viruses Advisory Committee, a member of the Victorian Hepatitis B Alliance (VHBA) and former Board member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).  She is the founding member and Chair of the new Australian Multicultural BBV/STI Alliance (AMBA), and the Chair of the International Students Sexual Health Network and a member of the Migration Council’s National Refugee Health Partnership Council.  Alison has significant Local Government experience, coordinating population based health planning, developing and implementing the first prevention based Health Plan in the State.  She has also managed the development of Diversity Strategies, Reconciliation Policies and a Women’s Health Initiative for local Government.   

Prior to this she spent over a decade in the community sector in refugee policy development, advocacy, regional coordination and direct service delivery in metropolitan Melbourne.  She has also provided strategic development and policy review services for not-for-profit organisations as a consultant.  She undertook an integrated health planning study tour of Cuba in 2011.  In the mid-90s Alison worked in Nairobi on an HIV prevention project with young people.  She is committed to addressing the social determinants of health at a systemic level and is an advocate for human rights and health equality.