CaLD Co-Design Interactive Forum

About this event

Want your community’s voice to be heard? The online forum is an opportunity to discuss community translation and co-design with an expert group of panellists, community leaders, translators and interpreters.

This interactive forum aims to encourage an open discussion and consultation with attendees. We want to hear YOUR insights on how to better work with diverse communities when crafting key public messages. Everybody has a voice at this forum as together we will explore how to improve community translation.

Panellists include Aurelie Sheehan from NAATI, Erika Gonzalez from AUSIT and RMIT University, and Tina Hosseini from Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Following this event, we plan to create an impact report to be shared with local governments that highlights the importance of effective community translation and how this can be improved, based on the discussion and feedback from the online forum.

About our speakers

Aurélie Sheehan– NAATI

Aurélie Sheehan is the Manager for Certification and Policy Development at NAATI. She has worked for over three years at NAATI developing testing and examination standards, and improving examiner training. Aurélie is also a NAATI-certified English to French professional translator with demonstrated experience in multicultural teams.

Dr Erika Gonzalez – AUSIT and RMIT University

Dr Erika Gonzalez is a Senior Lecturer in Translating & Interpreting (T&I) at RMIT University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Erika is also the National President of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT).

Erika’s research focuses on the professionalism of community T&I and the impact language barriers have on non-English speakers. She is also an active conference interpreter who has worked at high-level international meetings and also holds Advanced Translator professional credentials. Erika believes that in multicultural societies quality T&I services are paramount to enable social equity. Her work and efforts as an academic and researcher are focused on achieving such a goal.

Tina Hosseini- Victorian Multicultural Commission

Tina is a commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission and is a passionate campaigner for multiculturalism, human rights, social justice and adolescent health and well-being. She is currently a Research Fellow at Swinburne University, focused on the evaluation of school-based training programs in the area of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

Tina is an active member of the Iranian Women’s Association, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Red Cross Board, a Board member of the City Local Learning and Employment Network, a Member of the Victorian Children’s Council and an inaugural member of the Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) Strategic Advisory Committee. She holds a Master of Science (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Eva Hussain- Polaron

Eva Hussain is the founder and director of Polaron. She is a recognised leader in the field of language translation, and regularly presents at conferences, universities and training institutions on the topics of language services and cultural awareness. Eva is also a NAATI-certified Polish translator and interpreter. Previously she worked in management and operations of a telecommunication provider, as well as administration of a local government’s aged care and disability department.


Thursday 3rd June 2021

2:30PM to 4:00PM AEST


2:30 to 2.40pm – Introduction

2:40 to 3.10pm – Panel discussion with Erika Gonzalez, Aurélie Sheehan and Tina Hosseini

3:10 to 3.20pm – Questions for panellists from attendees

3:20 to 3.50pm – Facilitated community feedback

3:50 to 4.00pm – Conclusion

Watching the Forum

Missed out in participating in the forum but still want to watch it? You can see it here.


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm