Size Inclusive Health Australia is led by a group of dedicated volunteers, who share a commitment to Health At Every Size® principles and strong governance. The Management Committee, Steering Committee and Lived Experience Advisory Board work together to ensure that Size Inclusive Health Australia is achieving its aims of supporting and connecting practitioners and raising awareness of weight neutral, non-diet, client centred practice among health professionals and the general community.
The Management Committee is responsible for the overall management of Size Inclusive Health Australia and consists of the President, Treasurer, and Secretary, who each serve a one-year term. All verified provider members of Size Inclusive Health Australia are eligible to nominate for a leadership position and vote in annual elections. The Management Committee meet monthly, or as needed. All leadership positions apart from those on the Lived Experience Advisory Board are unpaid roles.
Bridgette Williams - President
Bridgette Williams is a Brisbane based counsellor who specialises in supporting people living in larger bodies. Her own lived experience of being in a larger body, coupled with sitting across from people in the counselling room, has made her a passionate advocate for creating environments where all bodies are treated with respect and genuine care.
Bridgette first encountered a size inclusive approach to health in her personal life in 2013. Not only did it change her life, but has gone on to shape her career - with Bridgette undertaking a Master of Counselling with the goal of creating a practice that supports people in bigger bodies.
As SIHA President, Bridgette is keen to raise the profile of size inclusive practice among health professionals, grow membership and support people living in larger bodies to access respectful, compassionate and quality care.
Claire Gasper - Vice President
Hi, I’m Claire and my pronouns are she/her. I’m a non-diet dietitian in Boorloo (Perth) and I specialise in working with people with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns. I have a special interest in working with queer clients and neurodivergent clients.
I began my non-diet journey way back in 2014 and it’s been both personally and professionally life changing. I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to the amazing work that SIHA does.
Maddie O'Keeffe - Secretary
I am a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator, living in lutruwita (Tasmania). I have lived experience of disability, chronic illness and weight discrimination from the perspective of a health professional as well as a consumer.
I have worked in public health for over 7 years which has provided me with insights into the cultures and structures that discriminate against people based on their bodies. I see the damage that sizeism, fat-phobia and the thin ideal do to people of all body shapes and sizes, particularly the assumption that weight loss is always a positive.
Since early childhood I have always advocated for others when I saw inequity or injustice. I also have a deep passion for education, empowerment and working with individuals and groups to build their capacity for self-determination and autonomy.
I am a new face to SIHA, being new to leadership and new to recognising HAES principles, though they have always made up a big part of my own professional approach.
Naomi is a Dietitian and aspiring researcher and academic. Still trying to finish her PhD Naomi loves contributing to Size Inclusive Health Australia through the role of treasurer in the hope more people get the care they want and need.
Size Inclusive Health Australia Working Groups
The working groups brings a wide range of provider, public health, not-for-profit and business skills, expertise and knowledge to Size Inclusive Health Australia. The working group help Size Inclusive Health Australia to achieve its strategic plan through help with advocacy, memberships, communications and governance. Working group volunteers are recruited from the membership group or direct invitation from the Management Committee.
Dr Fiona Willer
(Governance Working Group Chair)
Dr Fiona Willer (AdvAPD, PhD, FHEA, MAICD) is an Australian dietitian, academic, educator, non-executive board director and health advocate with a long career straddling higher education, and the nonprofit and private sectors. Her academic research involves health consciousness, dietary quality and the integration of weight-neutral lifestyle approaches (including Health at Every Size®) into healthcare practice and she is the creator of the Unpacking Weight Science professional development podcast. Fiona currently serves on the board of Dietitians Australia and has previously served on the boards of Size Inclusive Health Australia and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).
(Communications Working Group Chair)
Susan works with adults and children with disordered eating, body image and weight concerns. Susan practises in a client centred, non-diet manner.
(Communications Working Group Chair)
(Memberships Working Group Chair)
(Advocacy Working Group Chair)