About the Mentor: Proud Kamilaroi woman, born and raised on Kooma country in SW Qld. 2016 SRC Chairperson and this year acting in the role of Student Director for IAHA. A very motivated individual who wants to contribute to making a difference to the future health of First Nation Peoples of Australia. Always strives to conduct myself in all situations with integrity, discretion and humility. And while some may consider me quiet, I prefer to describe myself as measured and possessing the quiet determination and ability to present savvy ideas persuasively, as well as the drive and skill to see them adopted through a collaborative approach. I am keen to take responsibility and am adept at promoting a culture that respects the opinions and diversity of others. I am a strong advocate for growing a strong group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in Allied Health, who will help overcome negative stereotypes, challenge unconscious biases and build capacity within communities.
About the Mentor: I am currently working as an occupational therapist and project manager of North West Community Rehab in Mount Isa. It is a participant centred, student led, interprofessional service for people living in Mount Isa and surrounding areas. I have previously worked in acute stroke and inpatient rehab also. My particular interests include; upper limb recovery post stroke, student education, interprofessional practice, participant centred goals, rural and remote health and community integration. I have lived and worked as an OT in Townsville and Mount Isa in QLD and Nowra, NSW.
About the Mentor: Kate Thomann (nee Gilbert) is from a proud Wiradjuri family and has spent the majority of her life living on Ngunnawal and Ngamberri lands. With over twenty years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, Kate has worked across several social policy Departments including: Environment; the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Office for the Arts; and Health, providing policy advice on broad ranging matters in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. During her career Kate has managed several Commonwealth programs including: stolen generations and bringing them home; social and emotional well-being and mental health; substance use including volatile substance use and petrol sniffing; and Indigenous broadcasting, languages, culture and contemporary music.
About the Mentor: Graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) as part of the Djirruwang program at Charles Sturt University. I have expereince in Adult MH, Perinatal and Infant MH, Child & Youth MH and policy/project managment