Cathy Oddie

Family Violence Advocate, Financial Wellbeing For Women

Cathy worked for Centrelink for seven years, before moving on to work in the Superannuation sector. After her role as Business Development and Policy Coordinator at HESTA ended in January this year, Cathy embraced the opportunity to become Monash Health’s first ever Family Violence Lived Experience Consultant within their Mental Health Family Violence Project Team.

Since 2007, Cathy has been a volunteer Survivor Advocate with Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.  This role led Cathy to make a submission and give evidence at the 2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Her testimony resulted in two of the final 227 Recommendations, one of which led to the Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act which was tabled to Victorian Parliament in 2018.

Cathy is on the working group and is co-evaluating the DHHS Pilot Project “Family Violence Survivor Employment Pathways Program” and was on the expert reference group for WIRE’s “Teachable Moments” Research Project. In 2017, she was elected

to the Committee of Management for Project Respect.

Cathy was instrumental in working with HESTA to have the Federal Government open up a review into the eligibility criteria for early release of superannuation and to have family violence included as one of these criteria. During her time at HESTA, she was successful in receiving a grant from Victorian Women’s Trust to improve the economic outcomes for women from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds through bringing together the organisations HESTA, ICAN, Fitted for Work and WAM to deliver a targeted financial literacy for women program using a narrative story-telling approach.

Cathy has recently been accepted into Monash University’s Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention.

 

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