Our Leadership

Our Patron – Tom Calma

Our Patron – Tom Calma

Professor Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the NT. Currently the National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Calma previously served as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and the Race Discrimination Commissioner. Professor Calma has a special interest in Indigenous education, employment and training programs.

Professor Calma is a long-serving supporter of Indigenous Allied Health Australia and IAHA Lifetime Achievement Awardee. He has been a prominent advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, pioneering the Close the Gap campaign and more recently leading the national effort to tackle Indigenous smoking.

We are incredibly grateful for the support of Prof. Calma as IAHA Patron and look forward to continuing our work together.

Ms Nicole Turner

Nicole is a Kamilaroi woman, her grandmother was part of the stolen generation, and she currently lives on the New South Wales coast near Kempsey. She is one of very few qualified Aboriginal community Nutritionists in Australia.

Nicole has worked in the health sector for over 20 years and worked in Aboriginal health for 15 years has published several research papers in international journals.

Nicole’s passion is nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle and she believes we need to educate and give knowledge to our people about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and prevention of chronic diseases. She enjoys empowering other Aboriginal people to attend university and obtain a degree and speaks to a lot of school children to encourage them to finish school and follow their dreams to get to university.

Mr Tirritpa Ritchie
Deputy Chairperson

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 completed 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.

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. Maddi works as a podiatrist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services and delivers culturally responsive podiatry services, mentoring and supervision of 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’.

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.

He has completed a Master 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’. He is currently a Project Officer in the Griffith University Health Group, continuing to grow the numbers of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander professionals within higher education.

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 with an interest in rural and remote health.

After working in Sydney, Danielle enrolled in medicine due to job limitations for physiotherapists in remote locations, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine Doctor of Surgery with distinction from the ANU Medical School. Danielle is now employed as a GP Registrar.

Danielle has 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.

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

Ms Rikki Fischer

Rikki is a proud Wiradjuri woman living and working on Larrakia Country in Darwin. Rikki has a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health); Certificate IV’s in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Human Resources, Training and Assessment; 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, live 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.

Ms Kimberley Hunter

Kimberley 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.

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.