Dr Terri Janke became a lawyer to advance the social justice of Indigenous Australians. She is of Meriam and Wuthathi heritage, and is the owner and managing director of Terri Janke and Company, an award winning legal and consulting firm founded in 2000. The team at Terri Janke and Company strive to empower Indigenous people to manage their culture and attain their business goals – The key to Indigenous self-determination is being able to control and manage their own future. Terri is an international expert on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. Her book True Tracks: Working with Indigenous Knowledge and Culture was recently published in July of 2021 and is now available for purchase.
LaVerne Bellear is from the Bunjalung Nation (North Coast NSW) where she grew up in and around the Minjungbal region before moving to Sydney. Strongly believes that empowering Aboriginal people will create opportunity to make better informed decisions and choices regarding personal management of health care, ultimately resulting in better health outcomes.
LaVerne’s background involves management and strategic planning. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern. LaVerne was the former Director, Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District. Where her role was to develop various Aboriginal Health models of care along with development and implementation of regional, strategic health plans that meet the needs of the local Aboriginal community.
Ms Bellear has extensive experience in health as such has worked in community health for the former Northern Rivers Area Health Service and also managed the Aboriginal Health Management Training Program, Australian College of Health Service Executives (NSW Branch).
Ms Bellear has a Bachelor of Business, is a member of the Alumni at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus; has a Professional Certificate, in Indigenous Research in Training and Practices, University of Melbourne; along with Graduate Diploma of Public Health, University of NSW.