Governance

QPASTT is managed by a board drawn from refugee communities, human rights workers, financial specialists and health and welfare workers who have experience in providing services to people from refugee backgrounds.

Our Board

Professor Keithia Wilson
President

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.

Dr. Lyndall Kleinschmidt
Director

Dr Lyndall Kleinschmidt (MB BS, FRANZCP) is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Children’s Health Queensland, Hospital and Health Service. She works in community based mental health services for young people. She trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Brisbane and Melbourne. She has had a longstanding interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents. This was further developed when she worked at the Tavistock Clinic, London, from 2004 until 2007. There she also worked with asylum seeker and refugee families with distressed children. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, in the faculties of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and a member of the Queensland Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association. She has been a member of the Management Committee, and now Board, of QPASTT since 2007.

Dr. Ian Mannion
Director

Dr Ian Mannion (MBBS (UQ) DRACOG FRACGP) has been practising 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. Following QPASTT’s incorporation in 1995, Ian became the inaugural Chair of the QPASTT Management Committee. After serving as Chair for a number of years, he handed the reins to Professor Wilson. Ian returned as a member of the Management Committee in 2014.

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
Director

Dr Pamela Douglas has practised 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.

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. Fraser has served on the board of QPASTT since 2012.

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

Adele Rice
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.

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