ABOUT US

Harnessing decades of service to menstrual education the Chalice Foundation was created to gather and channel the expertise of educators and to promote menstrual wellbeing, quality menstrual education and above all a positive menstrual culture. 

Today, as we celebrate a rising tide of menstrual awareness, menstrual activism and widely-available menstrual education for all, we look forward to these becoming key features of all gender equity actions, public health initiatives, workplace and social policy, as well as life-long education. 

The Chalice Foundation was established in 2017 as a not-for-profit social enterprise (company limited by guarantee). All profits from activities remain within the organisation to further support the Chalice Foundation mission to promote a positive menstrual culture for the benefit of us all.

We are committed to providing respectful, inclusive services where all can feel safe, affirmed and celebrated.

The Chalice Foundation respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and First Nation peoples around the world. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waterways, culture and community, and honour the wisdom of the life-affirming rites of passage that were, and are in many cases still, practiced on these lands and in these communities.

Chalice Foundation Directors

Jane Bennett is the founder of the Chalice Foundation and a social worker, researcher, writer and educator with nearly 40 years in practice. After experiencing the revelations of Natural Fertility Management in the mid-1980s Jane began working as a Natural Fertility Management counsellor, then trainer and later authoring The Natural Fertility Management Kits with Francesca Naish. Jane launched Celebration Day for Girls in 2000, Cool on the Inside in 2002, Fathers Celebrating Daughters in 2004 and Mense-Ed in 2016. Jane co-created The Rite Journey girl’s Year 9 program, and continue’s her long-standing role with Natural Fertility Management. Jane is the author of A Blessing Not a Curse and Girltopia, and co-author of About Bloody Time – The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have, Woman Wise Conversation CardsThe Complete Guide to Optimum ConceptionThe Natural Fertility Management Contraception Kit  and The Pill – Are You Sure It’s for You?, and is eternally passionate about nourishing healthy curiosity and best-practice self-care for women and girls.

Sam Slicer is a renowned architectural photographer and a leading figure in the development of the Australian 3D architectural visualisation industry. A pioneer in the field from the 90s, she co-founded and ran successful commercial architectural visualisation company, FloodSlicer. In mid-2016 she transitioned out of FloodSlicer to pursue personal and collaborative art projects. As the mother of two daughters who have attended Celebration Day for Girls Sam is deeply interested in how we educate young women about their menstrual cycle.

Angela Fraser has over 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist with clinical work across a range of environments from Paediatric, Vocational Rehabilitation to Specialist Palliative Care. Her diverse expertise working in the both the public and private sector from employment to managing director of her company, alongside her passion for women’s health, drives her vision of expanding the reaches of the Positive Menstrual Culture throughout Aotearoa. Angela is also a published author of children’s fiction promoting the importance of positive menarche (first period) experiences for girls. 

Having trained under the thought leaders in the world in Menstrual Education, Jane Bennett, (A Celebration Day for Girls); and Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer, (Red School Online), since 2015, Angela has developed the delivery and expansion of the Programmes ‘A Celebration Day for Girls’ and ‘Fathers Celebrating Daughters’, in Aotearoa. She coordinates and presents the training of New Zealand Facilitators that equips trainees to provide these programmes nationwide.

Angela co-founded, and is Chairperson of the Trust Board of Chalice Foundation New Zealand, a Registered Charitable Trust devoted to providing; Inclusive and accessible menstrual education, Professional development for menstrual educators, and, Promotion of resources, events and research, around concepts of menstrual cycle awareness, menstrual wellbeing, body literacy and positive menstrual educationacross communities.

Jane Mallick PhD is currently working as a yoga teacher and coach and growing a permaculture garden in Central Victoria. She brings to the Chalice foundation years of training and experience with a specialism in women’s health and women’s leadership.
She has worked for:

● Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, in Health Promotion and Gender Equity

● DEECD (Victorian Education Department) in Strategic Human Resource

● Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) leading the research team in health promotion and prevention

● As a consultant, in the in schools and communities in the creation and evaluation of Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) programs (UK)

After a successful career in Social Health Research and Organisational Change Management, Jane found herself in her forties at a midlife health crisis point, adrenal exhaustion and early menopause from working too hard and fast in the corporate sector. She retrained as a yoga teacher, which she has been doing since 2012.
She has BSc in Psychology, a PhD in educational research, and is an advocate for an informed choice approach to health education. She is passionate about the provision of holistic education for the community, particularly women, including menstruation and menopause. She is deeply concerned about the over use of pharmaceutical drugs and a predominant medical approach to women’s health and that there needs to be more research and education into natural approaches to supporting women’s health and wellbeing.

After graduating from Monash Uni, and spending 7 years on the Surfcoast, Dr Veronica Moule (MBBS (Hons), DRACOG, FRACGP, Grad Cert Integrative Medicine) completed her general practice and obstetrics training, and moved to Castlemaine in 1999.

I’m passionate about providing birth experiences that are natural, respectful and empowered, I love the great challenge of labour, the beauty of the first meeting of mother and child, and the wonder of caring for families as they grow. I encourage patients to be active decision makers in their health care choices, and look at illness with a holistic view. I have special interests in women’s and children’s health, pregnancy and childbirth, and work in urgent care and Castlemaine hospital’s acute medical ward.

When not working, I play basketball, guitar, paddle in the kayak, and dance (I’m also known to break into interpretive dance during consults). I love to read, and one day I’ll have time to garden. I’m the mother of 4 sons, we buy our wholefoods in bulk and cook in big pots.

Contributors

Casimira Melican is a Policy and Programs Officer at the Office for Women (Victorian Government) and has been co-editing The Leak with Jane Bennett since April 2020. Casimira has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Melbourne with a focus on policy, human rights and international governance. In 2016, Casimira co-wrote the VWT’s menstrual and menopause workplace wellbeing policy and led advocacy on the policy until June 2021 in her role as Manager of About Bloody Time and Research and Policy Officer at VWT. Casimira is passionate about the ability for policy and research to have real world impact and empower women, trans, non-binary and gender diverse individuals within our society.

Georgia Shepherd is an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, studying her final year of a Bachelor of Arts. She is a fellow Endo-warrior and is passionate about women’s sexual health and representation in politics. Georgia is inspired by the power of policy and advocacy to advance gender equality and is committed to achieving an inclusive, equitable, and socially-just Australia for all.

Georgia’s publications Post School Period Survey Report and Improving Victoria’s Menstrual Education: A Research Paper can be viewed or downloaded here

Georgia is co-developing the Chalice Foundation social media strategy with Jane Bennett and regularly posts about The Leak blogs and other news.

Natasha Blumer is a public health consultant and is currently managing the Lancet One Health Commission at Technical University Munich. Natasha has worked in a range of international institutions at ministry, donor and local NGO levels in Ukraine, Germany and Australia. Her technical expertise lies within monitoring and evaluation, project management and research skills and she is ardent about ensuring access to health care and increasing measurable impact for organisations working in this sphere.

Natasha offers ongoing monitoring and evaluation consultation with the Chalice Foundation to support our data collection and analysis endeavours. She is a passionate supporter of our efforts to create and sustain a positive menstrual culture.

Therése O’Brien is a Community Engagement Specialist with extensive experience working in organisations across southern Queensland: supporting young carers and vulnerable families, training and mentoring volunteers, networking to implement community garden’s for ‘healthy communities’, organising independent living and mobility support for the aged and people with a disability, improving access to services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and liaising with and supporting Aboriginal Child Care Links.

After a positive experience of two natural active home births Therése advocated for CHOICES in birth, lobbying for a midwifery model of care at her local public hospital, and also lobbied for a women’s wellbeing hub to be established in the local community. Therése loves to see programs that support girls and women thrive, not just survive.

Therése trained with Jane Bennett in 2013 as a Celebration Day for Girls (CDG) facilitator and currently coordinates the CDG Outreach Team and the CDG Social Media Team, and is developing volunteer protocols for the Chalice Foundation.

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Chalice Foundation Structure

The Chalice Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise, registered as a company limited by guarantee (Ltd.) with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).

The Chalice Foundation completes and lodges a Small Charity Income Statement annually.

The Chalice Foundation board seeks to perform best practice governance to help enable optimal realisation of the aims of the Chalice Foundation.