IAHA Governance

Our Board

The Board’s role is to govern IAHA rather than to manage it. In governing IAHA, the Board members must act in the best interests of IAHA as a whole. It is the role of the CEO and Senior Management to manage IAHA in accordance with direction from the Board. It is the Board’s responsibility to oversee the activities of Management in carrying out these delegated duties. The Board is ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the running of IAHA.

The IAHA Board is responsible for, and has the authority to determine, all matters relating to the direction, control, policies, practices and management of IAHA. In carrying out its governance role, the main task of the Board is to drive the performance of IAHA. The Board must also ensure that IAHA complies with all of its contractual, statutory and any other legal obligations, which includes the requirements of any regulatory body.

The IAHA Board recognises its key functions and activities as:
• Formulating strategic direction
• Setting governance policy
• Monitoring and supervising (CEO and organisational performance)
• Providing accountability to the members
• Risk Management
• Appointing and working with and through the CEO

The IAHA Board of Directors have developed a Governance Charter outlining the Board of Management roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, values and conduct.


IAHA 2019 Board

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Chairperson – Ms Nicole Turner

Nicole is a Kamilaroi woman and currently lives on the coast near Kempsey on the mid-north coast of NSW. Nicole’s grandmother was part of the stolen generation.

Nicole is one of very few qualified Aboriginal community Nutritionists in Australia. She currently works for Hunter New England Health as the program manager of Healthy Lifestyle programs and is an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra.

Nicole’s team received the Tackling Childhood Obesity NSW Premiers Award in 2017 for the Aboriginal Go4fun initiative. This program involves training Aboriginal staff to deliver a 10 week healthy lifestyle program (Go4fun) in their community. Nicole travels over the Hunter New England area, including north-western NSW, setting up the Go4fun program in schools and Aboriginal communities.

Nicole currently has 12 research papers published in international journals. She has worked in the health sector for over 20 years and worked in Aboriginal health for 15 years. Nicole’s passion is nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. She believes we need to educate and give knowledge to our people about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing chronic diseases. She is involved with national, state and local committees and organisations, and is also involved in a NSW state research ethics committee.

Nicole has presented at many conferences across Australia on a variety of topics, especially health. She enjoys empowering other Aboriginal people to attend university and obtain a degree, including speaking with school children to encourage them to finish school and follow their dreams to go to university. Nicole sees her main role in life as making sure her four beautiful children and her gorgeous grandchildren grow up strong and healthy.

Deputy Chairperson – Mr Tirritpa Ritchie

Tirritpa Ritchie is a Kaurna man from Adelaide, South Australia. Growing up he spent much of his time alternating between the Yorke Peninsula and the west coast of South Australia, both in Aboriginal missions. Tirritpa’s family settled down in Adelaide so he and his siblings could have consistency and concentrate on their education. Tirritpa was 28 when he finished his Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2013, and is the first Aboriginal person to graduate from the University of South Australia with this degree. Click here to read more about Tirritpa’s Journey into Allied Health.


Director – Mr Stephen Corporal

Stephen is an Eastern Arrernte man (on his mother’s side) who was born in Townsville and has lived in the southeast Queensland area for many years. He was involved in counselling and welfare work in the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for more than 10 years before completing his Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degrees at UQ in 2003. During this time he was announced the 2003 SBS Valedictorian for his work with students at the University as President of the Social Work Students Association (SWSA).

In 2006-07, Stephen was President of the Social Work Alumni at UQ, the Indigenous Postgraduate Representative for James Cook University’s Postgraduate Student Association and the IPLO on CAPA in 2005. He has completed a Masters of Social Policy at JCU and is now working on a PhD into Attrition rates of Indigenous students within Health related courses in Higher Education.

Stephen has worked at UQ from 2005 to 2011 as the Senior Student Support person at the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies who managed the Unit’s student support functions and supervised the Student Support Officers at all UQ campuses. This included identifying and assessing the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in relation to recruitment and retention then planning, designing and running support programs in response to these needs.

Stephen was seconded to the UQ School of Medicine as the Indigenous Recruitment Manager for the last 2 years at UQ. He is currently the Project Officer in the Griffith University Health Group continuing to grow the numbers of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander professionals within higher education. Stephen has lectured on working in and with Aboriginal people to Social Work and Human Services students during this time.

Director – Mr Clinton Schultz

Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaraay man and registered psychologist with a keen interest in holistic wellness, particularly the wellness of workers in health and community services. Clinton is in the process of submitting his PhD titled: Winanga-li-gu (Higher order listening), Guwaa-li-gu (higher order speaking), Maruma-li-gu (higher order healing) Factors of holistic wellbeing for members of the Aboriginal health and community workforce. He is an Assistant Professor with Bond University Medical School, Director of Marumali Consultations and Owner of Sobah beverages.


Director – Ms Danielle Dries

Danielle Dries is a Kaurna woman from South Australia, born in Perth, and grew up between Canberra and the United States. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Sturt University in 2011. During her studies, Danielle developed an interest in rural and remote health after her placements in Orange, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour (NSW), and Sorrel (TAS).

After working in Sydney, Danielle started studying medicine due to job limitations for physiotherapists in remote locations. For the past two years, Danielle has been the Indigenous Health Officer for the National Rural Health Student Network which has over 9 000 multidisciplinary members across Australia. In this position, Danielle actively promoted Indigenous community engagement, the importance of a quality Indigenous Health curriculum, as well as more rural placements and graduate jobs in allied health, nursing and medicine.

Danielle has been a Close the Gap Ambassador, a mentor for both the IAHA health fusion challenge and Murra Mullangari program, and was a key speaker at the Future Health Leaders Indigenous Health Forum. Danielle has organised cultural immersion trips, workshops and events for her peers and wider community. A major event she helped transform was ANU’s Close the Gap event, which is now a two day conference with more than 130 health students attending the previous two years.

Click here to read more about Danielle’s Journey into Allied Health.

Director – Ms Rikki Fischer 

Rikki is a proud Wiradjuri woman living and working on Larrakia Country in Darwin. She has a Bachelor of Health Science (mental
health), Cert IV in AOD, Cert IV in Human Resources, Cert IV in TAE and a Diploma in Auditing.

Rikki has been a member of IAHA since 2014 and has played an active role in supporting IAHA’s NT Aboriginal Health Academy. Her passion is working with high school students to achieve their dreams, lives their lives to their full potential and to have a healthy lifestyle. She is dedicated to growing and supporting the next generation, the future workforce and future role models in the community. Click here to read more about Rikki Fischer.


Director – Ms Maddison Adams

Maddison Adams, is a proud Wulli Wulli Woman from South East Queensland. Maddi grew up and now works on Turrbal and Jagera Country in Brisbane and has been an active, engaged IAHA member since 2014.

Maddi graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) from Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and recently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice at James Cook University. She has been working as a podiatrist for three years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services and delivers a culturally responsive podiatry service and mentor and supervise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees and podiatry students.

Maddi currently provides services in South East QLD and travels to South West QLD to remote communities once a month. She says ‘Working as a clinician has enabled me to not only develop by clinical skills but also my critical thinking, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills’. Click here to read more about Maddison Adams.

Director – Ms Kimberley Hunter

Kimberley Hunter is a Nyikina woman from the West Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Kimberley was born and raised on Kaurna Yerta in Adelaide, South Australia and currently lives and works on Gadigal Country in Sydney, New South Wales.

Kimberley has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Kimberley works at the Australian Human Rights Commission within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Unit as a Research and Policy Officer. Much of Kimberley’s work at the Commission has involved the coordination of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project- the first national consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls in 32 years. The project involves engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls across the country, from major cities to remote communities, with the aim of elevating the voices of our women’s needs, challenges and aspirations for the future. 

Kimberley has been an active member of IAHA since 2013, has participated in the Health Fusion Team Challenge as a student and was awarded the Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health award in 2015. Kimberley is dedicated to the advancement of social justice and human rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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