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Dr Tiffany De Sousa Machado

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: SA

Position: Founder and CEO, The Village Foundation

Focus Area

Positive social change

Dr Tiffany De Sousa Machado

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: SA

Position: Founder and CEO, The Village Foundation

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am first and foremost a mum to two beautiful girls, Faith and Rumi. Thanks to them, and to losing my mum, I have been driven to understand and change the postpartum experience in Australia. In 2018 I started The Village Foundation whilst completing my PhD, as a way to mobilize the research. I wanted to do more than write about it - I wanted to make a difference for every new family.

 

I completed my PhD in Psychology and Business and investigated social support in the postpartum period and the application of support structures in corporate and community Australia. Today The Village Foundation provides support and mentoring services, psychoeducational programs, and a mood-tracking App to parents within the community and corporate enterprises. I am currently a lead facilitator and content writer for several wellbeing and support programs.

 

Prior to this, I worked in the corporate sector including national operations management, workshop design and facilitation, team and event management, executive sales and marketing, retail and hospitality management, and corporate training. Recently, I was the Standards and Certification Director for Family Friendly Workplaces, in conjunction with national organization Parents at Work, and UNICEF Australia.

 

I am a very proud 2017 Westpac Future Leaders Scholar, and ex Co-Chair of the W100 - a role and network I completely adore and am so thrilled to be actively involved in again.

 

Currently, I am a lecturer for The University of Adelaide, and in conjunction with the University of South Australia am continuing to develop corporate and community-based programs and research projects for wellbeing through The Village Foundation.

Skills & Expertise

  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Postpartum wellbeing
  • Facilitation
  • Qualitative research
  • Women's health

"For me this fellowship represents faith in me - it means what I am doing is validated, important, needed. It holds me accountable to those who have chosen to believe in what I am doing, and of course to my vision."


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