Jana Stewart, Labor’s candidate for Kooyong, has spent her working life as a family therapist, facilitator, lecturer and senior policy adviser.
A proud Mutthi Mutthi and Wamba Wamba woman, Jana has close familial ties to the Traditional Owners of the Kooyong area.
Jana lives locally with her husband Marcus and her two year old son Jude.
As the first person in her family to go to university, Jana is passionate about the power of education.
Having successfully graduated from La Trobe University with a Clinical Masters in Family Therapy. Jana will always fight to ensure that all children have access to the best quality education, no matter where you live.
As a family therapist and a working mum, Jana understands how government decisions affect families, businesses and communities.
Having worked with small, medium and large-scale businesses early in her career, Jana understands the important role business plays in our community. This experience taught her firsthand about the important role businesses play for a thriving economy.
Jana comes from a line of strong women - going back 60,000 years – with a proud tradition of standing up and campaigning for the rights of others.
Following in their footsteps, Jana has spent the past 13 years strongly advocating for children, families and vulnerable groups, including as a family therapist, a university lecturer and a policy expert on Aboriginal affairs and child protection in the Andrews Victorian Government.
Jana believes in fighting for a respectful, diverse community and will stand up for all Australians to reach their potential on a fair and equal playing field.