There is a talented and dedicated team at Women’s Health Victoria with a wide background of experience, expertise and breadth of knowledge between them. With a focus on respect, courage, inclusion, innovation and excellence, our staff fosters a forward thinking and passionate environment.

WHV staff

Our fantastic team leaders:



Rita Butera - CEO

Rita commenced her role in 2010. She has a welfare and social science background with postgraduate study in organisational change and development. She has worked in the human services industry for over 25 years including positions with Commonwealth, State, local government and the non-government sector. Her positions have included social planning in local government, health promotion at VicHealth and Director of Research and Planning at Beyondblue.

Mischa Barr - Policy & Health Promotion Manager

Mischa oversees work in policy, advocacy, and research across WHV’s priority areas including sexual and reproductive health, prevention of violence against women, and women's equity. Prior to joining Women’s Health Victoria in 2015, Mischa held senior policy roles within the Victorian Government working across a range of portfolios including public health, mental health, disability and child protection. 

Dianne Hill - Manager Support Services

Dianne joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2016 and leads a team of over 15 staff and more than 60 volunteers in our direct services, 1800 My Options and Counterpart. She brings extensive experience having spent the last 25 years in senior management roles with a focus on the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of award winning, innovative services and programs in health and human services in Australia and the UK, complemented by a Masters in Public Policy and Management.

Dina Lynch - Business Services Manager

Dina oversees the business operation of the organisation. She joined Women’s Health Victoria in 2011 and has over 20 years experience in administration, human resources, business development, finance and accounting.

Debra Parker - Workforce Development Manager

Debra commenced her role in 2017. Bringing experience and expertise in education and workforce development backed by a Masters in Professional Education and Training. Debra has worked as an education leader for 20 years following a 20 year career in finance as an advisor and manager bringing a good understanding of the economic return that can be seen through investing in staff capacity building. Debra currently holds an executive seat on Women in Adult & Vocational Educating, lobbying for issues affecting women and girls in adult and vocational education, and is also on the board of Godfrey Street Community House ensuring her understanding of educational practice is current and informed by local engagement.

Kylie Inserra
Communications Coordinator
Media contact
(03) 9664 9300 or (03) 9664 9316

Paige Kernebone 
Executive Assistant to the CEO 
(03) 9664 9300 or (03) 9664 9326