Harmony Place is a non-government community-based organisation providing mental health and wellbeing services specifically for people and communities from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.
We opened our doors in 1995 as the Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing and became known as Harmony Place. We became an incorporated organisation in 2002.
Our staff are committed professionals with qualifications in Social Work, Psychology and Counselling. Many came to Australia as refugees and migrants or are the children of migrants and refugees. They share this experience with the people they work with.
Between staff and board members a variety of languages are spoken including Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Chin, Creole, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Polish, Russian, Singhalese, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Tigrinya.
Harmony Place Board
The Board provides leadership, support and governance to the organisation. It ensures the organisation meets its vision, purpose and strategic, administrative and operational goals. View the 2013 Constitution.
Fiona Jackson - President
Fiona's career began as a Social Worker in the health and disability sector. After completing a law degree she worked in a range of investigative and compliance roles within the Queensland government including the Health Rights Commission, the Office of Health Practitioner Registration Boards and the Queensland Ombudsman. More recently she has worked in the private and not for profit sectors. Fiona has a Master of Social Science (Social Planning) and has developed specific interests in not for profit governance and systems and qualitative methods of consumer consultation. Fiona grew up in regional Queensland but has lived in Brisbane for most of her adult life.
Waree Branjerdporn - Treasurer
Waree has a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thailand. She is a CPA member and has more than 20 years of accounting expertise in the areas of Refugee Support, Accommodation, Community Support Services and Humanitarian service delivery. Waree is currently working as the finance officer for the Red Cross Migration Support program and manages the Community Assistance Support program for asylum seekers. She also enjoys coordinating the street festival and craft market at the Sherwood Uniting Church.
Coralie Kingston - Secretary
Coralie has worked in government, non-government community services and church-based organisations for over 30 years, providing advice to government ministers, undertaking policy research and program development, initiating service design and delivery and leading policy advocacy. She has served as the chairperson of three State Government bodies. She is highly skilled in research, strategic and analytical thinking, negotiation and team building. Now that she is semi-retired, Coralie continues her commitment to social justice through her work with Harmony Place.
Gaby Heuft - Member
Gaby’s own migration background has led her to work in the refugee and migrant sector since her arrival in the early 1980s. Her educational background is in teaching and she holds a BA in Humanities as well as a post-graduate degree in Social Planning. Gaby has a long history of working with diverse cultural communities in a variety of positions including the Indo-Chinese Refugee Association, the Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre, the Refugee Claimants Support Centre, Refugee Health Network, MultiLink’s Complex Case Management & Community Settlement Program, and most recently as a Multicultural Advisor with BlueCare. She is also a core team member establishing the Queensland Community Alliance.
Mandy Cox - Member
Mandy has worked in Brisbane for 30 years mainly in the non government sector in multicultural program and community development positions. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and has served as a member of the Refugee Support Group at Communify, Board of Women’s Health Qld Wide, Milperra High School Advisory Council, Sudanese Women’s Project Reference Group, Royal Woman's Hospital Consultative Committee (consumer representative) and the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation Reference group. Mandy brings knowledge of multicultural settlement and the health sector as well as experience with cross cultural community engagement, project management and partnership development.
Chris Dougherty - Member
Chris brings seven years experience managing NGO operations in Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology as well a number of years working with Boards on governance frameworks and policies. His two years as HR & Administration manager with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and four years with the mental health organisation, Richmond Fellowship, equip Chris with a valuable perspective. He also brings a level of business acumen that is appropriate to ensure the sustainability of Harmony Place.
Daniel Brown-Kenyon - Member
Daniel has a diverse range of skills including research, strategic planning and analysis. Daniel has worked across government, higher education and the private sector undertaking research and project development. He has a first class honours in Psychology from the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Masters in Business Economics. Daniel is keenly interested in advancing mental services throughout the community.