Harmony Place is the only non-government community-based organisation in Queensland to offer mental health and well-being 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, Burmese, Chin, Creole, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Polish, Russian, Singhalese, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Tigrinya.
Harmony Place Board
The Harmony Place Board provides leadership, support and governance to the organisation. It ensures the organisation meets its vision, mission and its strategic, administrative and operational goals.
The Board provides leadership, support and governance to the staff and management of Harmony Place and is responsible for the organisation meeting its strategic and operational goals.
Fiona Jackson - President
Fiona has both social work and legal qualifications. She recently completed a Masters of Social Science, majoring in Social Planning at the University of Queensland. Fiona has particular knowledge in complaints management, compliance and investigations issues and governance matters and has worked with organisations such as the Health Rights Commission, the Medical Board and the Ombudsman. Fiona grew up in regional Queensland and enjoys living in a more culturally diverse community than those in which she spent her childhood.
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
Gabe has been working in the community sector since her arrival as a migrant from Germany in the early 1980s. Originally from a teaching background, she holds a BA in Humanities as well as a post-graduate degree in Social Planning. Gaby has a broad range of experiences working with recently arrived migrants and refugees. Over the years she has worked with the Indo-Chinese-Refugee Association, the Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre, Refugee Health Network and MultiLinks Complex Case Management and Community Settlement Support.
Annette Ruzicka - Member
Annette holds a Bachelor of Adult Education and Training, Bachelor of Social Work, Master in Social Work, Certificate in Nursing and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Buddhist Psychotherapy and Counselling. Annette has been working with the Qld Department of Communities in child protection as the Director for the Transitional Placements Unit and Manager of Child Safety Service Centres. She has worked in hospital emergency departments, as a Community Mental Health social worker, bilingual/bicultural mental health consultant, TAFE and university lecturer. Annette speaks three languages and has been living in Australia for 40 years since migrating from Sri Lanka.
Catherine Grant - Member
Catherine works in the community arts sector and is a research fellow at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She brings governance experience, as well as an active interest in mental health. She is a member of Beyond Blue's National Reference Group "Blue Voices", served from 2008-2012 on the national executive committee and communications sub-committee of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, and was researcher on a recent Arts Access Australia-funded project investigating governance development and participation for people with disability. With several years living and travel in Europe and Asia, Catherine enjoys engaging with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
John Adcock - Member
John brings a diverse commercial background across a number of industry and service sectors including business ownership, management consulting and public sector administration in Australia and overseas. He has tertiary qualifications in psychology, business strategy, marketing, finance and governance and is currently completing post-graduate psychology studies. John currently chairs the Sustainability and Growth sub-committee.
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 current role as HR & Administration manager with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and his four years experience 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.
Working hours from Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, except Public holidays