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Meet the Board of Directors

The strength of the board lies in the complementary skills of its directors and their extensive experience in multicultural health and wellness, specifically in the areas of clinical service delivery, policy, program and service development, research and evaluation¸ management and teaching. Their work is characterised by innovation and strong community engagement, particularly with marginalised groups and communities.

The current board comprises Marina Chand, Hamza Vayani and Rita Prasad-Ildes (Managing Directors), Dr Megan Evans,  Denae Barlott and Dragos Ileana (Associate Directors).

Denae Barlott


Denae is a general medicine Nurse Practitioner. Born and raised in Canada, Denae began her career as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Edmonton, Alberta, then went on to obtain further training to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP).  Denae completed both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree and Masters of Nursing (MN) degree at the University of Alberta.

As a NP, Denae has enjoyed working in a variety of healthcare settings. Denae has experience in general hospital medicine, critical care, emergency care, and community refugee health. Denae has volunteered as a NP internationally in Haiti and Colombia.  Since moving to Brisbane with her husband in 2014, Denae has been working locally as an emergency medicine NP. Denae also shares her time with the World Wellness Community Clinic as a board member, as the importance of healthcare equity is dear to her heart.



Marina Chand

B. App Sc (Hlth Ed) Adv Dip Htlh Sc (Homoeopathy)

Marina has worked in the community and health sectors for 23 years. In the NGO sector she worked for torture and trauma services, refugee health services, women’s health and advocay, disability support, and she also worked in human rights organisations.  She has worked for government, most recently in Queensland Health Multicultural Services.  She has freelanced as a consultant for government and non government agencies in the development of training programs, evaluations and resource development. As a qualified homoeopath, Marina treated refugees for eight years at a Queensland torture and trauma service and also lectured in homoeopathy in Brisbane’s most eminent traditional medicine college.  Marina’s professional interest and expertise is in the areas of community health needs assessment, health promotion for marginalised populations, research, and holistic health program development.


Dr Megan Evans



Megan Evans is a GP currently working at the Metro South Clinical Tuberculosis service and the Southern Queensland Indigenous Centre of Excellence. She has developed clinical expertise and a personal passion for refugee health since first working as a volunteer doctor at the Queensland Integrated Refugee Health Clinic in 2007. She spent 4 years as the Clinical Director of Refugee Health Queensland and is an active member of the RACGP Refugee Health Specific Interest Group and the Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA). Megan enjoys the challenges and rewards of striving to meet the complex and varied health needs of our community members who have come from a refugee background. Her work within the private and public health sectors provides insight into the issues arising when navigating our health system, and highlights the need for flexibility and innovation when providing health care to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.



Dragos Ileana

Dragos is a registered psychologist with background in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He has been working in this field for 10 years providing assistance to clients with a wide range of diagnoses. He was also involved in developing and delivering training for clinicians and psychology students in the mental health area, counselling and psychotherapy field.  He migrated to Australia in 2007 and since 2009 he has been working for Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Services as a project officer and clinical specialist providing assistance to clients from various cultural backgrounds.   His interests are in human potential and personal development using holistic approaches to enable clients to (re)discover their inner strength, to give meaning to their experiences and to catalyse transformation and spiritual growth. Dragos is an ATAPS provider for the greater Brisbane metro south region.



Rita Prasad-Ildes

BSW GradCertMgnt

Rita is the current manager of the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre, Queensland Health. She has over twenty years experience in multicultural sector organisations, both government and non government, in the areas of women’s, refugee and mental health as well as in migrant and refugee settlement. She has freelanced as a consultant for government and non government agencies in the areas of cross cultural program development, training and evaluation. Rita has held a number of board positions in multicultural sector organisations, as well as membership of various government committees and advisory boards, including ministerial appointments.

Rita’s professional expertise is in the areas of service and program design for marginalised groups, social policy, community engagement, mental health promotion and prevention, and leadership in the context of cultural diversity.


Hamza Vayani

MBA Business Administration (Health Specialisation)

Hamza Vayani has a professional background in community development, strategic stakeholder engagement and health service reform that spans over ten years in the not for profit and government sectors both in Australia and the UK. He moved to Australia in 2008 with his wife and two girls.

He is a Project Manager for Queensland Health and was the Executive Officer for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). He is also a Council member for the Queensland Mental Health Commission, a member of the Health Consumers Queensland Collaborative and lay member of the Council of Imams Queensland.

Hamza’s areas of interest and passion are development of integrated, sustainable and culturally responsive healthcare services across the continuum of care. Hamza is committed to promoting the principle of  universally available holistic healthcare free at the point of delivery that is person centred that supports patients as a whole and their nominated family or friends in their recovery.


Founding Directors

With a combined experience of more than 80 years in the multicultural health sector our founding directors formed WWG in 2011 as an independent social enterprise healthcare organisation to tackle the increasing health inequities for marginalised migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The Founding Directors of World Wellness Group are: Marina Chand, Dr Dilprasan de Silva, Nera Komaric, Rita Prasad-Ildes and Greg Turner.


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