Monika Wheeler works as a senior manager in a not-for-profit health organisation on the North Coast of NSW. Monika has managed Aboriginal Medical Services, Closing the Gap programs, domestic violence and sexual assault initiatives and currently works with GPs to make the health system work better and patient centred.
Monika begun her career as an Electorate Officer for Anthony Albanese MP and later worked as a social policy adviser for Tanya Plibersek MP during the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Among her achievements as an adviser, Monika was responsible for leading the development of Australia’s first ever National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children on behalf of Minister Plibersek in 2008-2010.
Monika has also worked for the United Nations in Thailand and was the Secretary of the Evatt Foundation in 2009-2010.
Monika is currently the Vice-President of the Byron Bay Branch of the ALP, Deputy Chair of the Social Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and has been a member of the NSW Labor Administrative Committee since 2014.
Monika holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales and lives with her husband, Asren, and their children Acacia and Miles.