Australia’s Board of Directors
(ALIMA) The Alliance for International Medical Action is a humanitarian medical aid organization, registered in France with its operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and offices in Paris, Brisbane and New York.
ALIMA and ALIMA-Australia are distinct organizations working towards the same goal. ALIMA is registered in France under the Association Law of 1901. ALIMA-Australiais a Company Limited by Guarantee by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), and a registered Charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). ALIMA-Australia is also registered as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office.
ALIMA Australia has zero tolerance to child abuse in all its forms and allegations. Read our child protection policy.
To contact ALIMA-Australia, please call: + 61 419 744 274 or write to ALIMA-Australia, 15 Hazlewood Street, New Farm Brisbane Queensland Australia 4005. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Directors of ALIMA-Australia is as follows:
President: Nikki Blackwell
Nikki Blackwell is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Queensland. She works half time as an intensive care specialist at the Prince Charles hospital. Nikki previously worked for Médecins Sans Frontières for several years before founding ALIMA with a small group of colleagues. Nikki was the director of medicine and research for ALIMA from 2009-2013 and remains actively involved. The highlight of her career so far is participating in transforming our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014 into the ground-breaking, high-quality care, which we are now able to provide in the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Company Secretary: Juanita Williams
Juanita is an environmental lawyer who specialises in climate change litigation. She has been working at Queensland’s premier not-for-profit public interest environmental law firm for over 5 years and is now primarily involved in overseeing the free advice line services within the organisation which includes providing general advice to clients on public interest environmental law matters. Juanita has a keen interest in the operations and governance of companies (whether large corporations, not-for-profits, or NGOs). It is this interest that has led her to pursue her postgraduate studies of Master in Law (Business Law) and a reason behind her eagerness to be a part of ALIMA Australia’s Board as Secretary. Juanita has followed the development of ALIMA since it was just an idea being discussed on Nikki’s verandah… Juanita also holds a Bachelor of Laws with 2nd class Honours from Southern Cross University and owns and operates her own business.
Sonia Girle is a Registered Nurse/Midwife who has a background in Emergency Nursing, Remote Area Nursing, Aeromedical Retrieval, Public Health, Child Health and as a casual lecturer with James Cook University Master of Public Health. Sonia has completed a MPH&TM, Masters in Nursing (Child, Youth and Adolescent Health), PGDip Nursing (Critical Care) and PGDip Midwifery. She worked as the Deputy Medical Director for ALIMA from 2010 to 2012 and along with work in multiple roles with Médecins Sans Frontières has experience in Iran, Nigeria,South Sudan, Haiti, Mali and Niger. She has been on the board of ALIMA since 2011.
Dr. Chris Brasher is a pediatric anesthetist in Melbourne, Australia. He also holds a diploma of tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked full time with Médecins Sans Frontières from 1996 until 2006, where he worked as a field anesthetist, field and country coordinator, and in the Paris head office as a program and research manager. Highlights of his career included caring for surgical patients in challenging remote environments, coordinating emergency responses to conflict and famine, and piloting research of scaling up HIV therapy and the treatment of acute severe malnutrition in resource-poor environments.