Ms Eithandee Aung

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Eithandee completed a Master of International Public Health at the University of Queensland, investigating the HIV testing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among young South Sudanese migrants living in Brisbane, Australia. After the completion of her studies, she worked as a community development officer to increase the capacity of newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers to settle into Australia and access mainstream services.

She is currently the project coordinator responsible for the coordination, management and outputs of the Identifying Gaps in Achieving the Virtual Elimination of HIV Project (The Gaps Project) within the HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW.

Prior to joining the Board, she worked as the Community Development officer for Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre. During this time, she developed strong links with various communities living in the Liverpool LGA and developed a robust understanding of the not-for-profit and settlement sector.

My father settled in New Zealand as a refugee from Myanmar in 1994 and my family and I joined him 6 years later, through the family reunification stream. We were put in housing, enrolled in schools, connected to someone who taught us English and received a lot of support from organisations like the Western Sydney MRC. The least I can do now is to help those who are facing the same hardships my family once did. Migrants and refugees are so resilient and have so much to offer – they just need to be given the opportunities!”

Eithandee’s hobbies include going to the beach, staying active, op-shopping, cooking, eating, and learning about and experiencing new cultures.