About HEAL

HEAL is an award-winning mental health service, employing expressive therapies to support the wellbeing and trauma recovery of children, young people and communities from refugee and culturally diverse backgrounds.

HEAL is an acronym for Healing through Expressive Arts and Learning.

The HEAL program incorporates a range of expressive therapies, including art therapy, music therapy, play therapy and other modalities, offering:

  • Individual and small group therapy
  • Transition support
  • Crisis support
  • Workshops and other tailored services

Expressive arts therapies are evidence-based and delivered by qualified therapists.

Through community donations and fee-for-service programs, HEAL supports over 250 school students and community members each year.

In 2005, HEAL won Education Queensland’s Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education and in 2016, the Friends of HEAL Foundation (HEAL’s fundraising arm) received the Services and Organisations Award at the Multicultural Queensland Awards.

In 2021, HEAL and the Friends of HEAL Foundation joined with QPASTT, Queensland’s specialist trauma-recovery agency.

To contact HEAL about our services, email heal@qpastt.org.au

Our Board

HEAL’s Board of Directors consists of people from refugee communities, human rights workers, financial specialists and education, health and welfare workers who have experience in providing services to people from refugee backgrounds

Emeritus Professor Keithia Wilson

Emeritus Professor Keithia Wilson

Chair

Professor Emeritus Keithia Wilson has extensive experience as both an academic psychologist and tertiary educator at Griffith University for 26 years, and a practising psychologist in the areas of counselling, organisational and community psychology in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for 37 years.

She has been nationally recognised for her effectiveness as an educator having received the Prime Minister’s Award for the 2007 Australian University Teacher of the Year, and a National Senior Teaching Fellowship in 2010. Keithia also has extensive experience in leadership roles in management consultancy and professional training and development

Her key areas of professional practice include the design and facilitation of change management processes, conflict management, strategic planning, professional supervision, interpersonal skills, group facilitation, and loss and grief counselling. In the not-for-profit sector, Keithia has served in voluntary leadership roles since 1984 on the Boards of 5 community organisations as President, Vice-President and Director, and is currently in her 15th year as the President of QPASTT and 20th year as a Board member.

Adele Rice AM

Adele Rice AM

Director

Adele Rice AM is a nationally recognised expert in multicultural education. She was the Founding Principal of Milpera, Brisbane’s state high school for refugee and migrant students, from when it opened in 1984 until she retired from the role in 2012, and was instrumental in establishing a study program that equipped the next generation of specialist ESL teachers who continue her legacy.

Adele’s current positions include Board Member of the Global Learning Centre, Advisory Board Member of Asylum Circle, Member of the Global Citizenship Education Network, and Board Member of St James College. Adele joined the QPASTT Board in 2021.

Adele’s contribution to education and multiculturalism has been recognised with many awards, including a Member of the Order of Australia, a Churchill Fellowship, a Save the Children White Flame Award, a Paul Harris Fellowship (rotary), a Queensland Multicultural Achiever Award, and the inaugural Director General’s Award for Individual Contribution to Education. She was also named joint winner of the 2011 Professor Betty Watts Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching. She was made an honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders in 2011 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology in 2020.

Dr Ian Mannion

Dr Ian Mannion

Director

Dr Ian Mannion (MBBS (UQ) DRACOG FRACGP) has been practicing medicine for over thirty years, and currently owns and manages the General Practice in Highgate Hill.

He has a broad range of experience which includes extensive hospital training, rural practice and emergency medicine. He has clinical expertise in refugee health with twenty years’ experience in Brisbane and a stint with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He has been a lecturer at the University of Queensland, teaching medical students in the field of general practice, and has helped to run early GP refugee training sessions in Brisbane. He has helped to set up refugee counselling services as well as the state’s first refugee health clinic at the Mater Hospital.

Robin Lonergan

Robin Lonergan

Director

Robin Lonergan is a corporate lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience acting for Australian and international clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory matters.

He has acted for many international clients setting up operations in Australia, advising about the Australian operations and assisting with the expansion of the business in Australia and in using Australia as a base for expansion into Asia. His clients include businesses in the manufacturing, tourism, aged care and resources industries, as well as acting for professional services operations including medical practitioners.

Robin’s expertise includes corporate governance and corporate structuring. He has been a member of the Management Committee, and now Board, of QPASTT since 2010.

Dr Pamela Douglas

Dr Pamela Douglas

Director

Dr Pamela Douglas has practiced as a GP since 1987. She is also a researcher, holding positions as Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, and Senior Lecturer with the Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland.

Pam is founder and medical director of the charitable organisation Possums for Parents with Babies, and has for the past ten years specialised clinically in the care of parents with babies.

She is honoured to serve as a Director on the Board of QPASTT, and has done so since 2012.

Raziq Qasimi

Raziq Qasimi

Director

Raziq is a former refugee from Afghanistan who graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Justice (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology in 2019. He joined the Board of QPASTT at the beginning of 2017.

Raziq has volunteered with numerous organisations within the refugee sector. He was President of the Youth Voice Committee, an initiative of QPASTT, which explores ideas and educates peers and the broader community on issues of social justice, social policy and government processes which affect young people. He also currently serves as a steering committee member at the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG).

Raziq intends to practise law while continuing his work within the non-profit sector and helping marginalised people and communities in Australia and abroad. Raziq currently works with Legal Aid Queensland.

Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez

Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez

Director

Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez holds a MBBS and a Postgraduate Degree in Family Medicine and Community Health from Colombia, working there as a medical practitioner and university lecturer for several years prior to arriving in Australia in 1996. He completed a PhD in Population Health at the University of Queensland in 2004.

Ignacio has worked as an academic at several Australian universities for over 20 years, including the School of Population Health (University of Queensland), La Trobe Refugee Research Centre (La Trobe University, Melbourne) and the School of Public Health and Social Work (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane). His teaching and research have focused on refugee and migrant health, mental health, social determinants of health, health inequities, and the intersection between health and human rights.

For 11 years, Ignacio was a member of the Management Committee of AMPARO Advocacy Inc, a not-for-profit community organisation that advocates for the rights of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a disability. He is currently an academic staff member at QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work.

Ignacio was the Co-CEO of QPASTT from February 2019 and January 2022. He is passionate about community-led initiatives to address the social determinants of health and mental health.

Fraser Power

Fraser Power

Director

Fraser Power is legally trained in addition to holding qualifications in Business and Human Resources and is a specialist in the field of external affairs and stakeholder engagement, advocacy and relationship management to assist organisations to achieve their business outcomes.

He is currently the Stakeholder and Advocacy Manager for Australia Pacific LNG having worked on this large project since 2012. Fraser works across community investment, advocacy, stakeholder and government engagement, issues management and communications. He was previously the Customer Advocate at Ergon Energy and General Manager, Service Quality at Queensland Rail where he managed business improvement, complaint management and reporting functions. Prior to that, Fraser worked in the office of the Queensland Ombudsman.

Fraser has extensive experience in the refugee settlement and non-profit sector having worked with the UNHCR in Cambodia on refugee assessment and resettlement programs.

Our Leadership

Jamila Padhee

Jamila Padhee

CEO

Jamila is the CEO of QPASTT and HEAL. Prior to her current role, she was Deputy CEO with Multicultural Australia. She has been working with people from refugee backgrounds, people seeking asylum and migrants for over 20 years in a variety of casework, community development and leadership roles. Jamila is passionate about the potential for trauma recovery and settlement sectors to work together in collaboration to enable healing, belonging, thriving and justice for people from refugee backgrounds. Jamila has a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology).

Farah Suleman

Farah Suleman

Manager

Farah Suleman holds a Masters in Mental Health (Art Therapy) from the University of Queensland and has been working in the cross-cultural mental health sector for over 10 years.

Farah is passionate about the role that expressive therapies and creativity can play in restoring mental health and well-being for people who have experienced torture and trauma with a special interest in working with children and young people.

Farah uses her own artistic practice as a part of her self-care and personal expression. She has a client-centered focus and her practice draws on inter-disciplinary and trans-cultural collaboration.

Farah started work with QPASTT in 2013 where her clients included people from both refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds from diverse backgrounds and age groups. Farah became the coordinator of the Asylum Seeker Support Team in 2015 and her focus has been effective interventions and support for vulnerable people seeking asylum while also ensuring her team’s own mental health and well-being in this complex space. She also has a focus on inter-disciplinary work between relevant therapeutic, legal and community service providers to facilitate holistic support to this client group.

Farah now manages HEAL, an expressive therapies program in schools and communities. She is a teaching assistant at the University of Queensland, Masters in Mental Health-Art Therapy.