2020 IAHA Online Conference Speakers

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.

She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.

June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.

In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June was also named the NAIDOC Person of the Year at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards.

June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.



Associate Professor Raymond Lovett is a Ngiyampaa/Wongaibon epidemiologist with experience in cohort studies, health services research, public health policy and evaluation. The emphasis of his research is on the links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and improved wellbeing outcomes and health services. Ray is the study director of Mayi Kuwayi, the National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing.



Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia. Over the past 20 years, Janine has worked in nursing, management, project management, and workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Many of these years have been spent in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector at state, national and international levels, and most recently as the previous CEO at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Janine is now based in Melbourne as the CEO of the Lowitja Institute. She was awarded an Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Fellowship in 2019, and, in January 2020, was awarded a Doctorate of Nursing honoris causa by Edtih Cowan University.



Scott is a Mithaka man from far western Queensland. Along with 5 other Mithaka people, Scott led the Mithaka Native Title process for 12 years to a successful Consent Determination decision in October 2015. He believes the challenge is to reconnect with self, others, and the environment. Scott has a master’s degree from the University of Queensland, studied at The University of British Columbia in Canada. He is Director of Murrimatters Consulting, Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council grant (ANU). He is passionate about bringing people together around approaches to complex challenges. The National and International experiences broadened Scott’s knowledge and understanding of other Indigenous societies which places him at the forefront of articulating Aboriginal futures.

Scott’s significant accomplishments in leadership training are based upon provision of tools to promote awareness and address complex societal challenges affecting Individuals and organisations. His company, Murrimatters Pty Ltd, has delivered successful national and local programs to a range of Government and non-Government organisations across Australia and overseas for more than ten years. Scott co-developed the Engoori® process with David Spillman in 2007 to change the way in which school communities perceive, talk, and think about teaching and learning in the context of Indigenous Education. Engoori® has since been developed further into a deep underlying philosophy and set of practices that inform organisational culture and strategic planning across all sectors.

Scott and the Murrimatters Consulting team have extensive knowledge and understanding of engagement across the various cultural groups within Australia. Our passion and philosophy lie in bringing forth people’s strengths to assist them to create and lead the change they want in their lives.



As a leading specialist in the field of training and facilitation, John Briggs has an exceptional talent for bringing each participant, organisation and audience along on a journey of discovery. John is passionate about what he does and his ability to take a balanced approach in delivering niche workshop and facilitation services, which are genuine, engaging and professional, is a real point of difference. John’s collaborative style and high level of expertise has led many major corporate, government and non-government sector organisations to engage John Briggs and continue to promote him as a consultant of choice right across Australia.

John Briggs is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of Indigenous inclusion, with more than 25 years experience. This combined with his personable style of facilitation, which is respectful and non-confrontational, has earnt him a reputation as a leader in Indigenous consultation and advice. John’s aptitude and flair for creating culturally safe environments allows each client to unearth and challenge unconscious bias around the engagement and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This approach has empowered many organisations from all sectors to develop and implement successful Reconciliation Action Plans, set Indigenous targets and go on to achieve these well into the future.



Jacqueline has a long history in working in Indigenous Affairs, including ATSIC as well as holding a variety of Senior Executive roles in the Commonwealth, WA and Victorian Governments – including in Child Protection, Human Services, Health, Education and the NDIA. She has also worked in the not-for-profit and private sector. Jac joined Thirrili as the Chief Executive Officer in June 2020.

An Aboriginal woman with family connections in the NT and Victoria, she is committed to improving lives of Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and this, combined with her personal experience of family suicide, brought her to Thirrili.