Lois Newman

Aboriginal Programs Administrator and Coordinator

Working with ECAV since 2015, Lois Newman’s main focus is coordinating workshops including document management and providing support for the Aboriginal Family Health team. Lois provides high-level skills to ensure preparation is completed prior to program commencement.


Marlene Lauw

Senior Statewide Educator

Marlene Lauw, is a Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal woman who has had extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities providing support, counselling, advocacy and group work. Marlene holds specialised skills and knowledge in competency-based training, supervision and workforce development in the area of trauma, healing, family violence, sexual assault and child protection.

Marlene explores and integrates Aboriginal worldviews and theorise, trauma informed care and healing frameworks in course design and delivery for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal practitioners working in clinical, community and policy settings to increase professional capability in responding to the unique needs of Aboriginal people.

Making change and improving policies and strategies for working with Aboriginal people across the whole of sector is Marlene’s core business and passion and this has been succeeded through much collaboration and partnership with Gov and Non-government organisations across the State.


Johanna Hamilton

Senior Statewide Educator

Johanna Hamilton is a Gundungurra/GubiGubi/Wiradjuri woman with kinship cultural connections to Gamilaraay. Raised on Walbanga country, Johanna later moved into the community of Redfern in Sydney to raise her children where she found strong connections. 

Johanna’s family and community have lived experience of the Stolen Generations. Her personal insight and work with community has strengthened Johanna’s commitment and motivates her to work hard to eradicate and prevent family and community abuse, violence and trauma.

Johanna began her career as a Community Engagement Worker with Sydney Local Health District. She later joined the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) to lead the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Hepatitis C Education Program, providing support to Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) and health workers across NSW.

Johanna then returned to grassroots community work and joining Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Womens Centre in Redfern as their Domestic Violence Specialist, reflecting, “I LOVED my time at Mudgin-Gal and still hold the family we made their dear to my heart and always will”.

Johanna is excited to be part of the ECAV Aboriginal Portfolio and to work with such a Deadly Team. Her life saying is “we’ve come too far not to go further, we’ve done too much not to do more”. 

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