Dr Anneke Engwerda

Anneke is a founding board member of Next Steps Australia. She is a graduate of Melbourne University and a Paediatric Fellow, specialising in General Paediatrics and Neonatology. She has also undertaken research in paediatric anaesthesia.

During her medical training, Anneke participated in work experience at Lakeside Hospital Bangalore, India, in the Paediatrics Department.

She was involved in both inpatient and outpatient management as well as conducting a polio vaccine program and prisoner medical reviews.

Anneke is currently working as a Neonatal Fellow.

In 2019 Anneke also served as a Junior Medical Officer Representative of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Family Violence Committee which afforded Anneke a deeper insight into the effects of family violence in the community.

Associate Professor Alex Ades

Alex is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He is an extensively trained and experienced surgeon and has been involved in public and private practice as well as academic tertiary education for more than 20 years. His special interest is Gynaecological Surgery and particularly Minimally Invasive Procedures.

Alex is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne – Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

He works at the endometriosis and advanced laparoscopic surgery unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital and participates in the theoretical and practical training of future specialists. His formal qualifications include a Master and a PhD in Medicine. He is also a board member of the International Society for Gynaecologic Endoscopy.

Throughout his career, Alex has always been at the forefront of innovation in women’s health as well as an advocate for women’s rights and safety. His work supports and upholds Next Steps Australia’s mission statement.

Juel Riggall

Juel is a professional mezzo-soprano and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Melbourne University.

She has sung for various opera companies including Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera and is also a regular concert performer.

Prior to working as a performing artist, Juel was employed  in the visual arts in both galleries and auction houses, holding various administrative positions which covered marketing, events management and philanthropy.

Juel is a mother of three and is passionate about issues pertaining to social justice, gender equality and children’s well-being and opportunities.

Juel is a founding board member of Next Steps Australia Limited.

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