2012 Conference & AGM

IAHA 2013 2nd National Conference - Healthy Footprints Leading Generational Change

IAHA National Conference 2012 Opening Addresses

The Hon. Julia Gillard PM’s message at the 2012 IAHA Conference


The Hon. Warren Snowden MP’s welcome message at the 2012 IAHA Conference

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kerry Arabena (MC)

Professor and Director of Research for the School for Indigenous health Monash University


A descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, Professor Kerry Arabena’s years of work have brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. She was the inaugural Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the inaugural CEO of the Lowitja Institute. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Human Ecology, she was awarded the JC Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence in 2010. Kerry has an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Human Ecology, she was awarded the JC Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence in 2010. Kerry has an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research.

Dr Tom Calma (Keynote)

National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking


Are we Closing the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Dr Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for 40 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focussing on rural and remote Australia, health, education and economic development.

View Presentation: Are we closing the Gap in health outcomes?
Presenter: Dr Tom Calma

Jody Broun (Keynote)

Importance of National Health Leadership

A Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara, Jody Broun has dedicated herself to the service of Australia’s First Peoples in her 25 year career, spending much of that time in senior public service positions. Jody has been the Executive Director of Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure at the Department of Housing and Works (WA), Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment(WA), Executive Director of Policy and Coordination at the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority (WA) and Director General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Professor Cindy Shannon

Pro Vice-Chancellor -Indigenous Education (BA, Grad Dip Ed, MBA, Dr Soc Sc)

A descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island, Professor Shannon was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at the University of Queensland in early 2011. She is reponsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University in relation to Indigenous Education, as well as building links with the community. Professor Shannon is also the Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.




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Presenter: Prof. Cindy Shannon

Dr Mark Wenitong

Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, School of Tropical Public Health

Working together-crossing the professions for our Community

Dr Mark Wenitong is from Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He is the Public Health Medical Officer at NACCHO and the medical advisor for Apunipima Cape York Health Council, where he is working on health reform across the Cape York Aboriginal communities. He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns for the previous nine years. He has also worked as the medical advisor for OATSIH in Canberra.



View Presentation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Workforce – Indigenous Leadership
Presenter: Dr Mark Wenitong

Riripeti Haretuku MEd, DipBus, ONZM

Chief Executive Officer Ngapuhi, Tuhoe and Te Arawa

Maori Health and cultural competency

Riripeti is currently the CEO of Mauriora Associates. The company has been offering training in cultural competency, health literacy, Treaty of Waitangi, Maori health, to the whole NZ health workforce for over a decade. Riripeti is now a Maori member of the National Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Chair of Hauora.com, a national body responsible for Maori health workforce development and the key advisor of Te Whiringa, a national group responsible for Maori community health worker development.



View Presentation:Maori Cultural Competency in Aotearoa / NZ
Presenter: Riripeti Haretuku

Gregory Phillips

Head of School (Acting) -School for Indigenous Health at Monash University

Curricula Development in Health

Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal peoples, and grew up in Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist with a research master’s degree in medical science and a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies and Government, both from The University of Queensland. His master’s thesis, Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, was an ethnography of addiction and post-traumatic stress syndromes in a remote Aboriginal community. Gregory is currently Head of School (Acting) of the School for Indigenous Health at Monash University, the nation’s first dedicated school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in a medical faculty.


View Presentation: Health Curricula Development
Presenter: Gregory Phillips

Mick Gooda

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner – Lateral Violence

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland. He is a senior executive with 25 years experience and a record of attaining high-level goals and leading multi-million dollar service programs and organisational reform. Mick has extensive knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. He has been actively involved in advocacy in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments. Mick has played a leadership role in a range of areas including: Acting Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Legal Service (WA).

Concurrent Speakers

John Paterson


John was appointed Chief Executive Officer for AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT) in 2006 and he has held senior management positions within government and Aboriginal community organisations for more than twenty five years. He is affiliated with the Ngalakan tribe from the Ngukurr region, southeast Arnhem Land. John graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Social Science in Human Service. He is also a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. John was recently appointed to the Top End Hospital Network Council. He also chairs the NACCHO eHealth Expert Group.His interest includes mentoring Indigenous youth, strengthening Indigenous governance structures and gardening. John is also President of the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club.

View Presentation: AHPs in Indigenous Primary Health Care – A View from the Northern Territory.
Presenter/s: John Paterson, Rob Curry

Rob Curry

Program Manager AMSANT

Rob graduated as a physiotherapist in Melbourne in 1980 before quickly heading for the bush. He settled in Darwin in the early 80s where his working life has focused very much on Aboriginal health. After some years at Royal Darwin Hospital he took up the role as remote physiotherapist travelling to Aboriginal communities in the region. More recently he has worked in various roles in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. His current position is Programs Manager at the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT), the peak body for community controlled health services in the NT. He has a Masters Degree in Primary Health Care and is a current board member of the NRHA and of SARRAH.

View Presentation: AHPs in Indigenous Primary Health Care – A View from the Northern Territory.
Presenter/s: John Paterson, Rob Curry

Rod Wellington


Rod Wellington commenced working with SARRAH on 10th September 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer. Born in Numurkah, northern Victoria, Rod attended primary school and later attended secondary college in Shepparton. His family have a mixed sheep and grain farm in the Numurkah district. Since 1981, Rod has resided in Canberra. He is married with 3 daughters. With almost 20 years experience in the Commonwealth public sector, holding various positions at senior management levels he is well experienced in dealing with Federal, State and Territory Governments, peak national industry associations and community groups. Rod also has private sector experience working as Chairman for three years of an employment and training company. He brings to SARRAH extensive skills in policy evelopment, project and program management, strategic planning and reporting, and organisational representation and negotiation. Rod is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

View Presentation: Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)
Presenter: Rod Wellington

Luke Arkapaw


Luke Arkapaw graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry). He worked in private practice for two years in Dunedin (New Zealand) before becoming employed as the optometrist in the ophthalmology department of the Dunedin Public Hospital (2001-2009). In this role he was responsible for low vision and specialty contact lens clinics, primary and secondary screening of diabetic fund us photographs, and teaching ophthalmology registrars how to perform refractions. During these years Luke was also involved in an undergraduate medical student training program as a Clinical Lecturer with the Otago School of Medicine. Luke has made several trips to Tonga as a member of an eye-based medical mission team, and spent most of 2010 travelling through the Middle East, Central America and the Caribbean engaging in short term volunteering opportunities with his optometry skills. Returning to Australia at the end of that year, he set up a locum business to service rurally located practices, before joining the Aboriginal Vision Program of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health Division(formerly ICEE) as a Project Development Officer in the Northern Territory. Luke holds a second Bachelor degree in Applied Theology, and is currently a student of Public Health in a Master’s program.

View Presentation: Eye Care in Action: Optometry in Aboriginal health services
Presenter: Luke Arkapaw

Anna Morse


Anna Morse is Project Manager for the Aboriginal Vision Program of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health Division (formerly ICEE). Anna’s first four years upon graduating (2005-2008) were as a clinical optometrist in Alice Springs, where she also worked with the outreach ophthalmology clinics in Central Australian and Barkly Region communities one day per week. Since 2009, Anna’s work for the Institute has seen her based in Darwin where she is part of a team who facilitates optometry services to over 75 community health centres and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) across all regions of the NT, predominantly in very remote areas.

Keona Wilson

Speech Pathologist

Keona has worked as a speech pathologist at Dharruk Aboriginal Medical Services based at Mt Druitt, Sydney. She currently works for the NSW Health Department – Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District as a clinical leader in speech pathology. The purpose of that work is to improve speech pathology services in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area. Her work includes specialist caseload paediatrics feeding. Keona has also worked on a local pilot project called Boori Binji, which was an early intervention initiative for improving language outcomes for pre-school children. Keona is a current Director on the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Board.

View Presentation: Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s Speech Pathology Project
Presenter: Keona Wilson

Brett Biles

Physiotherapist and PhD Student

Brett is a Koori man originally from Brewarrina now living in Albury NSW. He is currently the Academic Lead on the Student Transition & Retention (STAR)Program at Charles Sturt University. He is also working as a physiotherapist, has a Master in Indigenous Health and is a PhD candidate. Brett has a huge passion for health equality for all Australians, believing that this can be achieved through both improving education and therefore health.

View Presentation: Indigenous men and the effects of exercise and education on cardiovascular disease (CVD) utilising a mixed methods approach
Presenter: Brett Biles

Rebecca Allnutt


Rebecca currently lives in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She has a double major in Psychology, as well as a post graduate diploma in Audiology, both from Queensland University. Rebecca is a current Director on the Indigenous Allied Health Australia board. Rebecca has worked for fifteen years in Indigenous Ear Health with the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments and commenced her own Audiology practice in March 2011 in Alice Springs with three other business partners. She also does community work with the NT Government Hearing Services. In 2008, Rebecca was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to Indigenous Ear Health.

View Presentation: Audiology – it’s more than just HEARING
Presenter: Rebecca Allnut

Samara Dargan

Exercise Physiologist

Samara is an exercise physiologist and Work it Out Manager. Samara completed her Exercise Physiology studies at James Cook University and worked in the private sector in Townsville. In 2012, she moved to Brisbane to take on the role of Work it Out Manager.

View Presentation: Work it Out – Stronger, longer, healthier lives
Presenter: Samara Dargan

Jude Page

Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network NSW

Jude currently manages Aboriginal Health for the Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network in NSW. Jude is also involved in research and consultancy, evaluating programs and initiatives targeting marginalised people and is the creator of My Story Cards, the first culturally safe therapeutic tool for Aboriginal people. Jude’s background is in Research, Psychology, Health Service Management and Public Health, with a strong focus on innovative and best practice programs. Most of Jude’s career has focused on developing, delivering and evaluating programs and interventions to meet the health and social needs of marginalised people, particularly Aboriginal people, people with Drug & Alcohol issues and young people.

View Presentation: The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in prison: findings from The NSW Inmate Health Survey
Presenter: Jude Page

Kelleigh Ryan


Kelleigh Ryan is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland and the Australian South Sea Islanders with connections to the people of the Loyalty Islands on her mother’s side. Kelleigh is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association. Kelleigh is currently a director on the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Board. Her clinical work involves providing counseling, therapeutic intervention, critical response work and psychological education in response to trauma, crisis and mental health issues. In her Social Consultancy practice Kelleigh provides supervision and support for Indigenous workers. Kelleigh is a Project Officer in the Research team of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. Her research work focuses on the Intergenerational Trauma projects and evaluation of Healing Programs funded by the Foundation.

View Presentation: Trauma
Presenter: Kelleigh Ryan

Florence Onus

Chairperson Healing Foundation

Florence Onus is a Birrigubba woman from North Queensland and a second generation survivor of the Stolen Generations. She is a social justice advocate and is a member of the National Indigenous Health Leadership Forum; the Close the Gap Steering Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Advisory Committee. Her personal journey of healing and leadership skills put her in good stead as the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation now in it’s third year.

View Presentation: Healing Foundation
Presenter: Florence Onus

Dameyon Bonson

Social Worker Student

Dameyon lives in Broome. Dameyon is a 4th year student of Social Work and Aboriginal Studies at the University of South Australia. He is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Caucasian descent. His mob are from the Northern Territory and the Torres Strait.

View Presentation: In the comfort zone: Working in remote Australia
Presenter/s: Sasha Houthuysen and Dameyon Bonson

Sasha Houthuysen

Social Worker

Sasha is a Yamatji woman from Western Australia. After completing a double degree in social work and Aboriginal studies, she has worked in a variety of roles including education, health and human services. These roles have been in both the urban setting in South Australia, and more recently the Ngaanyatjarra lands in Western Australia.

View Presentation: In the comfort zone: Working in remote Australia
Presenter/s: Sasha Houthuysen and Dameyon Bonson

Nicole Turner


Nicole is Kamilaroi woman and one of a handful of Aboriginal Nutritionist’s in Australia; she is currently the health promotion Manager of the Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention program which includes collaborations with Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service in Kempsey NSW, Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical service in Taree NSW and Hunter Medical Research Institute at University of Newcastle, NSW. Nicole has worked on the Many Rivers project since it began, and now also co-manages the project. She obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Nutrition early this year and is also a Board Director at Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service, Kempsey NSW. Nicole sits on a large number of state and national committees, chiefly those on Indigenous Chronic Disease and Nutrition. Nicole is very passionate about Aboriginal health and believes prevention is the answer to a lot of our health problems.

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Presenter: Nicole Turner

Joy McLaughlin

Fred Hollows Foundation, Indigenous Programs Team

Joy is the Indigenous Australia Program Manager at The Fred Hollows Foundation. She is responsible for managing The Foundation’s development initiatives in rural and remote Aboriginal communities including guiding program strategy and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, program development, advocacy, community education and awareness. Joy joined The Foundation in July 2009 from a background of over 10 years in development of policy and program achievements in the health and community services areas of Indigenous Affairs.

View Presentation: Indigenous Australia Programs
Presenter: Joy McLaughlin

David Copley

SA Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention, SA Cancer Council

David is an Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk decent and a recognised Elder of the Kaurna & Peramangk Nations of South Australia. He is an Aboriginal Registered Nurse, and holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) and a post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Flinders University. David is currently employed by the Cancer Council of South Australia / QuitSA as the Coordinator of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention Team. David is a survivor of Stage 3 Colon /Rectal Cancer. Part of David’s commitment to ‘Closing the Indigenous health Gap’ is through the designing and delivering of Social Determinant, Cultural Awareness and Quitskills training packages for Indigenous and non- Indigenous Doctors, Nurses and Health Workers.

View Presentation: Quitline Enhancement Program
Presenter: David Copley

Thomas Brideson

NSW State-wide Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program NSW Health

Tom is a Kamilaroi person from Gunnedah, NSW. Tom has completed a Diploma in Health Science (Mental Health) and a Bachelor of Arts (Welfare Studies) and has been actively involved with the Djirruwang Program since its inception in 1993. He worked for several years as an Aboriginal Mental Health Professional in a clinical setting. He was an Assistant Director of the Social Health Section within the Commonwealth Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Canberra and undertook leave from the Commonwealth between 2002 and 2004 to take up the position of Project Director for the Djirruwang Program at Charles Sturt University.

View Presentation:Metal Health: The New Frontier
Presenter: Thomas Brideson

Anna Leditschke

IAHA Senior Policy Officer

Anna holds a Bachelor of Nursing and post graduate qualifications in Education and has worked in the Aboriginal health sector for the last 7 years, primarily in the Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector. She held a variety of project management and Aboriginal health workforce support positions at the Aboriginal Health Council of SA before moving to Health Workforce Australia as Project Manager for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Project. Prior to commencing at the Indigenous Allied Health Australia as Senior Policy Officer, Anna worked as a Communications Manager assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations with their communications needs. In her current role at IAHA, Anna provides support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, managing key IAHA policy initiatives, research and contributing to the development of strategic health policy.

View Presentation: Review of National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce
Presenter/s: Kylie Stothers and Anna Leditschke

Kylie Stothers

Social Worker, IAHA Director

Kylie is a Jawoyn woman born and raised in Katherine, Northern Territory. She is married and a mother of two children and comes from a large extended family with strong ties in Katherine and surrounding communities. Kylie studied social work locally at Northern Territory University, which is now known as Charles Darwin University. After graduating she spent 12 years working throughout the Northern Territory – both Top End and Central, in areas such as child protection, hospital and Aboriginal community controlled health services. Kylie currently lives and works back in her home town of Katherine as a Research Associate with the Centre for Remote Health in the Katherine Office.

View Presentation: Review of National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce
Presenter/s: Kylie Stothers and Anna Leditschke

Denise McGuinness

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)

Denise McGuinness is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is Manager for the Community Programs Unit, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. She is one of the few remaining staff who has been employed since the establishment of the organisation. Under her leadership, the Community Programs Unit has built up and continues to deliver successful programs such as the active Elders group; health promotion; allied health support services and general health promotion. Denise believes in and promotes the practices and philosophies underpinning Aboriginal identity including community control, self-determination and the need to participate as an active community member. She is a strong community minded woman, who regularly puts others needs before her own – as evidenced through her substantial employment and volunteering experience. Denise demonstrates strong leadership in advocating for women’s, Elders and young peoples issues – as evidenced through her active participation in a number of local activities such as sporting, the performing arts and employment. In her personal life, Denise recently won the National Deadly Awards for Hey Dawn! (April 2010).

View Presentation: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
Presenter: Denise McGuinness

Jody Saxton-Barney

Jody is a Deaf Birri-Gubba / Urganan woman from South East Queensland. Now living and working from the regional city of Shepparton, Jody is a descendent and survivor of the stolen generation, working to improve the quality of life and communication for Deaf Indigenous people. As a consultant in her own business ‘Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy’, she continues her work to advocate and train services on how work can be culturally appropriate and effective. Jody’s background is in Business, Community Development, Youth and Disability. Jody has over 25 years’ experience on boards and committees. Jody is passionate about embracing diversity, and wishes to continue her work with the community service sector to improve access for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities and deafness across Australia.

View Presentation: Silent Questions
Presenter: Jody Saxton-Barney

Justin Cain-Bloxsome

Exercise Science Student University of Wollongong

Justin is a 3rd year exercise science student at the University of Wollongong. His heritage stems from the Shoalhaven and Moree areas of NSW, which makes him a Yuin and Gamilaroi man, descendant of both his father and mother’s family. Justin is an advocate of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program and focuses on recruiting and retaining more Indigenous people to the health workforce and striving to ensure non-Indigenous future health professionals are culturally safe and motivated practitioners. Justin is a full member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and wishes to pursue a career as an exercise physiologist.

View Presentation: My Journey… So Far
Presenter: Justin Cain-Bloxsome

Prof. Beth Armstrong,

Edith Cowan University

Professor Elizabeth Armstrong is Foundation Chair of Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University in Perth. She has published widely in the field of rehabilitation of communication disorders after stroke. Her research background lies in the disciplines of Speech Pathology and Linguistics, with particular interest in the way individuals with communication disorders engage in everyday interactions with their family and friends. Together with a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaborators, Professor Armstrong recently completed the first study of communication disorders in Indigenous Australians after stroke. The team continues to explore the experiences of Indigenous people after stroke and traumatic brain injury as well as options for appropriate service delivery models. In 2009, Professor Armstrong established the Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Edith Cowan University and has embedded issues related to Indigenous health throughout the new program. Ongoing cultural competence training and a specific unit focused on Aboriginal English are unique to the program.

View Presentation: Communication difficulties after stroke in Indigenous Australians: Personal accounts and implications for inter-professional practice
Presenter: Prof. Beth Armstrong

Marg Cranney


Marg Cranney is a trainer, facilitator, coach and mentor who has specialised in Indigenous education for 38 years. She has worked with community organisations and government in the school, VET and tertiary education sectors. She uses her extensive range of skills and widespread networks to make significant contributions to innovative roles and pilot projects.

Kelli McIntosh

Occupational Therapist and Co-founder of Weenthunga

Kelli is a Murrawari/Kooma woman from Bourke in western NSW. Kelli graduated with a Bachelor Health Science – Occupational Therapy from the University of Newcastle. In 2009, Kelli was a recipient of the Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship from the University of Sydney. The Fellowship provided Kelli with the opportunity to promote allied health careers to secondary school students across Australia. Kelli had the privilege of interviewing a group of dynamic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals who shared their life’s journey into their chosen career. Being passionate about health Kelli has been an active member of Weenthunga Health Network and Koori Occupational Therapy Scheme. In her limited down time she enjoys playing sports, fishing and has learnt to play 3 chords on the guitar.

View Presentation: Weenthunga Collaboration
Presenter: Kelli McIntosh

Alison Nelson

Institute of Indigenous Urban Health

Dr. Alison Nelson is an occupational therapist who has worked with urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families for over 15 years. In 1998 she established an occupational therapy service as a partnership between the University of Queensland and The Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School. This service has expanded to now include students in occupational therapy, speech pathology, music therapy and at times, human services. The aim is to provide additional services to the school whilst developing a workforce which is competent and confident to work within Indigenous contexts. Alison is now the Workforce Development Coordinator with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, overseeing the development and implementation of student placements in Indigenous health contexts across South East Queensland.

View Presentation: Institute of Indigenous Urban Health
Presenter/s: Chrisdell McLaren and Alison Nelson

Faye Clarke

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)

Faye Clarke is a Division 1 Registered Nurse working at the Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative Baarlinjan Medical Clinic as a Community Health Nurse and Diabetes Educator. She trained at Australian Catholic University and completed her graduate year at Ballarat Health Services. Since graduating Faye completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and has been involved in teaching Aboriginal health, history and culture to undergraduate nurses at the University of Ballarat and the Australian Catholic University. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University Institute of Koori Education. As an Aboriginal person, descendant from the Gunditjmara, Wotjaboluk and Ngarrindjeri peoples, Faye is committed to working in health to improve life expectancy and quality of life for people in the Aboriginal community. She is the Victorian state representative for the Congress of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN) and has recently been nominated to represent CATSIN on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

View Presentation:Collaboration from a nursing perspective
Presenters: Faye Clarke

Gregory Phillips

Acting Head of School, School of Indigenous Health Monash University

Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal peoples, and grew up in Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist with a research master’s degree in medical science and a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies and Government, both from The University of Queensland. His master’s thesis, Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, was an anethnography of addiction and post-traumatic stress syndromes in a remote Aboriginal community. Gregory has developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand (2004), founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network (2005), and wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy (2008). He helped established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd (2009) in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians, and has advised federal ministers on Indigenous health inequality. He was honoured in 2011 with an Australian Leadership Award from the ADC Forum. Gregory is currently Head of School (Acting) of the School for Indigenous Health at Monash University, the nation’s first dedicated school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in a medical faculty.

Clinton Schultz


Clinton Schultz is a Kamilaroi man and a registered psychologist, and is currently employed by Griffith University School of Public Health as Lecturer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health . Clinton is the director of Marumali Consultations, which provides cultural competence auditing and training, cross cultural psychological and business management services and Aboriginal focused mentoring and supervision. He is the author and facilitator of “Forming Culturally Responsive Practice”, a Royal Australian College of General Practitioner’s accredited cultural competence training package and a lead facilitator of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association’s Cultural competence training for mental health practitioners. Clinton’s areas of research include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, institutional racism, and cultural education in tertiary settings. Clinton is currently undertaking his PhD with Griffith University.

Tania Jones


Tania is a Gunditjmara / Wathaurong woman who is a foundation member of Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA). Tania lives in Victoria Australia and has worked in various roles with the Aboriginal Communities of Victoria for over 25 years. At the moment she is the Cultural Competence Coordinator for AIPA and is also the Barwon Southwest Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator working with the six Aboriginal Communities of the region empowering them to develop community led programs to address family violence within their communities. Tania is the Chairperson of the Warrnambool Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

Tania is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Health Science and Behavioural Science from Sydney University. She is an advisor to Stolen Generations Victoria, and a consultant psychologist who also maintains a private practice. Tania is an accredited facilitator in the Marumali Journey of Healing for the Stolen Generations, Cultural Competence in practice when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence strategy. She has previously adapted James McGuire’s Cognitive Skills program for Koorie offenders in prisons and under supervision orders with Community Corrections. Tania led the development and delivery of Australia’s first Cultural Competence Training for the Mental Health Workforce on behalf of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association. Tania has been Cultural Competence Coordinator in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for an Australian Government funded project to deliver cultural competence training to mental health practitioners nationally.