Nominees for 2020 Board of Directors

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Our 5 Nominees for this years Board of Directors

Maddison Adams

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 Meeanjin and has been an active, engaged IAHA member since 2014. Maddi was first appointed as an IAHA Director in late 2018. Maddi graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) from Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and is due to complete a Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice at James Cook University in 2020. Maddi is currently the Podiatry Team Leader at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. She delivers services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services in the South East and outreach services to South West Queensland. Maddi is committed to delivering culturally responsive podiatry services and developing the future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce.


Patricia Councillor

Patricia Counsellor

Patricia is a strong Yamaji Nyarlu (Woman) originally from Meekatharra, WA.

Patricia has been working in mental health since 2009, and working as a mental health practitioner and counsellor since 2013. Patricia has been a carer for a family member with disability and mental health issues for many years.

Patricia has respect for our elders, young people and youth. She is very committed to sharing her culture knowledge and helping and supporting others.

Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree in mental health and various certificates related to human and community services, and has worked in government, non-government and Aboriginal controlled organisations.

Patricia is currently working in a Coordinator role for Workforce Development. She has worked in many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations over Western Australia. Her main roles have been in Support for Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Alcohol and other Drugs.

Patricia has served on many boards and committees around her State including

· Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)

· Meekatharra Aboriginal Reference Group

· Wungen Kartup Carer Consumer Advisory group

· Mission Australia Reconciliation Action Plan Consultation Group

and continues to serve as director for

· The Stephen Michael Foundation

· Council member for the WA Mental Health Commission.

Patricia has been involved with the mentoring program within IAHA for many years and enjoyed supporting students on their own journey into the allied health space.

Since 2012, Patricia has been delivering Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid around the state to community and agency staff in

remote areas. Her most recent workshop was held in Greenough prison (WA) to prisoners.

Patricia’s journey and passion into mental health came about due to one of her family members becoming mentally unwell and the hoops she had to jump through to get the correct and appropriate support for them. She now shares her resources and pathways into mental health services with whoever asks and tries to keep updated on all the resources and services available. Patricia believes mental health is talked about more now than it ever was, and it’s just about finding the correct service for whoever needs it. For Patricia, as an Aboriginal person, it is about finding services that are culturally appropriate to help her mob that little bit more.

Patricia would like to be selected as a Director so she can continue to support IAHA, its members, especially the students, she has so much knowledge and experience in working at the grass roots level in the allied health space, urban, regional remote and rural.

Patricia would also like to contribute to the planning and discussions that occur around the directors meeting table, the AGMs and with all members, she comes from lived, cultural and professional experience.

Patricia would like to share with the next generation of allied health professionals how to maintain your own cultural lens while working and or studying in a predominantly non Indigenous space.

She believes she has all the personal cultural and organisational knowledge and skills to be a good director at IAHA. She is aware of good governance and how important this is to an organisation like IAHA. Patricia is aware of IAHAs strategic direction as she was on the board for many years previously and knows she can fulfil all her duties as a director.

Lastly Patricia would like to represent the Western Australian area as there is not a Western Australian representative currently on the IAHA board.

Sueanne Gola

Sueanne Gola

My name is Sueanne Gola. I am a proud Kamilaroi woman from Narrabri, NSW. My family are Trindall’s on my grandfathers side and Barlow’s on my great-grandfathers side. I grew up in Armidale and Narrabri NSW before moving to Newcastle to study psychology. I have now been working as a psychologist for 17 years.

I met a psychologist when I was 11 years old, after being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, that was later treated with bilateral corneal transplants. The psychologist was so helpful at the time, however as she was travelling from Sydney couldn’t be seen often. This inspired my decision to become a psychologist, working with youth in regional and rural areas.  As such I strongly connect with IAHA’s mentoring and advocacy programs which exposes youth to allied health careers.

I have been working as a psychologist for 17 years and last year I completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at University of Southern Queensland; which was a 10 year journey to complete a 2 year degree. I have predominantly worked in Child and Youth Mental Health. I have a strong passion for working with youth and families to address the impacts of intergenerational trauma; and for providing early intervention to improve mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of youth and their families. This year I began working as an Infant and Early Childhood mental health clinician, in a new role at Toowoomba Child Youth Mental Health Service. In this role I work with children under 5 years of age, their families and communities to provide early intervention and improve social and emotional development of children. I have as strong passion for supporting families and communities to identify impacts of intergenerational trauma and support healing so that the trauma isn’t passed onto future generations.

I also work casually at University of Southern Queensland, building cultural awareness and competency of future psychologists and as a tutor for Indigenous undergraduate student in allied health degrees to support development of our Indigenous Allied Health workforce. I believe my passion in this area is an ideal fit wit values of IAHA.

In my career I have acted in team leader regional manager positions, however my interest in leadership was truly sparked when I participated in the Indigenous Leadership Workshop hosted by IAHA in 2015. This training increased my personal and professional and inspired me to take on leadership roles. I subsequently joined the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Making Tracks Committee which identifies and oversees close the gap initiatives within the Darling Downs Health Service. I nominated and was successful in becoming the chairperson of the making tracks committee when I returned to work after maternity leave in 2017. I held this position until the Director of Indigenous Health position was established and the Director took over the position as part of her duties. I also joined the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Psychology Interest Group in 2015, for the past 4 years I have been the Treasurer of this interest group.

IAHA has given me opportunities to grow personally and professionally and I am keen to support to organisation to continue to provide these opportunities to the IAHA membership. I have experience and a strong interest in interprofessional education and practice will I also believe will be useful to supporting IAHA in developing future initiative to support connections between members and allied health profession.

Thank you for considering my nomination.

Anthony Paulson

Anthony Paulson

Anthony Paulson is a proud Aboriginal man and his people are Worimi and Mununjali people. His great grandfather was from Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Anthony is a saltwater man and lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW on Biripi land (Taree). Anthony joined the NSW Police in his early 20’s and served in regional and remote locations such as Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Darlington Point. This experience allowed him to experience the many disadvantages endured for communities living in remote and regional areas. In 2010, Anthony chose a different career path entering the non-government, Aboriginal community controlled sector in a managerial capacity. In 2013, Anthony graduated from Charles Sturt University having completed his Bachelor Health Science (Mental Health) as part of the Djurrawang program. He has completed other health and management related courses and is currently undergoing a Master Business Administration with the Australian Institute of Business.

Anthony has experience working in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) setting and extensive experience working with community in both corporate, government and non-government roles in rural and remote locations within NSW. Anthony thoroughly enjoys working with different stakeholders and learning from different communities and his Elders. In 2017, Anthony joined GP Synergy, the training organisation responsible for providing medical training to GP registrars as the Manager of the Aboriginal Cultural Education Unit. He enjoys the diversity the role brings and this role has further confirmed the importance to continue to support and provide cultural safety education and training to practitioners in the many different disciplines to ensure the patients culture is factored into all decision making.

Tirripta Ritchie

Tirripta Ritchie

Tirritpa Ritchie is a Kaurna man from Adelaide, South Australia. With cultural ties to Narrunga, Ngarrindjeri, Adnmaytha, Kokatha, Wirangu and Dunghutti.  He is the father of two children.

Growing up in remote Aboriginal communities he spent much of his childhood alternating between the Yorke Peninsula and the far west coast of South Australia. Tirritpa was one of the overwhelming number of children in remote communities to have otitis media. The outcomes and effects of this inspired his work in health for Aboriginal peoples.

Tirritpa completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) with the University of South Australia in 2013, and is the first identified Aboriginal person to graduate from OT in South Australia.

Tirritpa’s previous work history includes; multiple public service roles, such as youth mentoring in education, welfare and tenancy in housing, rehabilitation in corrections, and youth work in social services.  He worked as an OT delivering paediatric OT services to metro and remote communities in South Australia including his home community, a highlight of his career. Tirritpa worked as a researcher at the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute. He has worked as a Lecturer at the University of South Australia, and Flinders University developing Aboriginal Health curriculum, strategic implementation, planning and content delivery.

Tirritpa is also the Deputy Chair of Indigenous Allied Health Australia, a national member-based organisation for allied health professionals, a leader for workforce development and support, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.