Our Team

Women's Health Staff

Health Education Team


Belinda Kippen – Health Education Team Leader

Belinda is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and works as the Team Leader at Women’s Health. Through her experience as a Women’s Health Educator Belinda Kippen has spoken with many women across the lifespan and enjoys being part of their health journey - giving women the knowledge and confidence to manage their health.

Christine Baxter – Nurse-Midwife

Christine is a Registered Midwife and Women's Health Educator with more than 28 years' experience in both community and hospital settings in England and Australia. Christine enjoys opportunities to help pregnant women understand their pregnancy, and grow and build their relationship with their baby before and after birth.

Donna Byrne – Health Promotion Officer

Donna started her career as a nurse before gaining qualifications and experience in journalism and health promotion. She has worked for a number of not-for-profit and government organisations throughout her career and enjoys communicating about women’s health to members of the public and students on placement at Women’s Health. Donna has a special interest in health literacy.

Vivienne Murray – Nurse-Midwife

Throughout her 30-year nursing career Vivienne has been interested and involved in women’s health. Vivienne works as a Health Educator for Women’s Health and talks to women on a daily basis about issues such as menopause and healthy lifestyle choices. Vivienne is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and in her spare time works as a birth suite midwife.

Kirsty Porteous – Nurse-Midwife

Kirsty is a Women’s Health Educator with a 30-year career spanning nursing, midwifery, counselling and education. She has worked with women of all ages and at all stages of life in health, community and counselling settings. She enjoys helping women manage their physical and emotional wellbeing, and to improve their health, lifestyle and confidence.


Communications Team


Shirley Briscoe-Hough – Communications Team Leader

Shirley is a marketing and communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors, predominantly in the healthcare industry. She has experience in association management, event management, strategy development, public relations, digital marketing, and communications (internal and external).

Kirsten Braun – Communications Officer

Kirsten has worked as a researcher and writer for over 18 years. As the Editor of Women’s Health’s quarterly magazine, Health Journey, Kirsten strives to write evidence-based health information in an appealing and accessible format. Kirsten has a particular interest in the areas of nutrition, emotional health and parenting.

Operational Services Team

Anita Lomas – Administration Team Leader

Anita has worked at Women’s Health in administration for over 22 years; making her the organisation’s longest serving staff member. As Women’s Health has developed over the years, so has Anita’s role. In addition to providing administration and library support, Anita co-ordinates the organisation’s work towards obtaining quality accreditation. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities, Ethics and Human Rights) and numerous secretarial/personal assistant and health administration qualifications.

Candice Kessell – Administration Officer

Candice has been with the Women’s Health team for five years. She has a strong background in administration and has over 13 years’ experience in various roles. Candice is currently studying a Certificate IV in Administration and Finance, and has qualifications in hospitality and tourism.

Photos: Little Footsteps - Photography by Anna

​Last updated: 1 April 2017