Board Members

Renee Owen

Renee Owen

Chair

Her people are from Yorta Yorta Cummeragunja on the Border of Victoria and New South Wales. Renee has been an AHW for over 15 years and her studies through Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) have included many areas including governance and management. She currently works as an Aboriginal Maternity Health Worker/Health Service Team Leader at Wathaurong Aboriginal Health Service in Geelong.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I have been an AHW at Wathaurong for over 15 years, studied at VACCHO and have done lots of training in many areas including governance and management.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

To have all AWHs across Australia recognised for their work and unique skills and to acknowledge the work that they do within their communities. To provide a service for AHWs to be protected in their practice and the community to feel that they are being looked after safely.

Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown

Appointed as a community member

Bruce is currently a consultant to a Canberra based government law firm. His practice is primarily in the fields of corporate governance, probity and public law.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

Bruce has almost twenty years‘ experience as both a board member and lawyer in the field of nursing and midwifery regulation. He is a former lecturer on the Institute of Company Directors Certificate course, and has served on a number of national and state professional and regulatory boards as member, chair, and head of governance and finance committees. He has served in the Northern Territory and has lengthy government experience in the field of consumer protection.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I would like to see ATSIHP health professionals recognised and accepted by the wider health practice profession as an embedded and important front line element of the provision of health services to Aboriginal people – in both remote and urban communities.

 

Karrina Demasi

Karrina DeMasi

Appointed as a community member

She is currently working at the Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I bring valuable experience to the Board as I was a member of the Aboriginal Health Workers Board of the Northern Territory until 1 July 2012, and through my educational and clinical work with AHW qualifications in the Northern Territory. I am also a Registered Nurse and Midwife.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

National recognition for the ATSIHP profession reflecting the importance of the crucial health and cultural knowledge and care ATSIHPs provide.

 

Celia Harnas

Appointed as a practitioner member from Western Australia.

Veronica King

Veronica (Bonny) King

Appointed as a practitioner member from Northern Territory

I am an Aboriginal Health Practitioner working currently as the Team Leader for the Gap Rd clinic for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Corporation in Alice Springs Northern Territory.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I have been an AHW for 10yrs plus I have completed study at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University. I am a Katherine girl, I started my training at Wurliwurlingjang Health service, and have progressed to working remote for Sunrise health service. The Health sector has opened up a lot of doors for me and I have worked in numerous roles over the years.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I am passionate about indigenous health and wanting to make a difference. I see myself as a mentor for the AHP’s, supporting them in their career choices and then watching them grow and develop in the health industry. I have always supported HP’s when I am managing or training as they are at the front line of service delivery when it comes to Primary Health Care.

Board member - Leanne Quirino

Leanne Quirino

Appointed as a practitioner member from South Australia

I currently work at Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Health Service in Adelaide where I have been for nearly 11 years now and I am based at Muna Paiendi.

My position is Coordinator of the Under 8’s Aboriginal Child Health Screening Program which was originally The Under 5’s Ear Screening Program here in Adelaide.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

Being an Aboriginal woman, Aboriginal Health Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, going through the curriculum of Aboriginal Health worker to Aboriginal Health Practitioner and working in the field for 16 years within Community controlled Aboriginal Health Services and Government Aboriginal Health Services, I have a good understanding of the skill base needed to become an Aboriginal Health Practitioner and the requirement to maintain a good profession.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

That we have qualified, competent, confident and registered Aboriginal Health Practitioners who will help our communities understand their health issues, needs and provide education, advocacy and culturally appropriate services so that we can have better health outcomes, which means better lifestyles and longer healthy lives for our community.

Kim Schellnegger

Appointed as a practitioner member New South Wales

I have been a Registered Health Practitioner for two years in the state of NSW.

I am currently employed by NSW health- Far west local health district.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I have throughout my working career been a member of committees that develop policy to meet legislative standards and protect public safety, whilst ensuring the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been considered.
I have a sound knowledge of the social issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and experience working within the Practitioner role within rural communities of NSW.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

My vision for the ATSIHP profession is to have a competent, supported workforce across Australia that not only provides services to communities that are regulated and safe, but are valued for the knowledge they bring to the table in relation to positive health care outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Margaret McCallum

Margaret McCallum

Appointed as a community member

I am a Workforce Strategist with Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health.

I am a proud Aboriginal woman whose family is the product of the Assimilation Policies of the early 1900s, from the west coast of South Australia.

I am passionate about workforce and developing career strategies. I provide workforce planning and recruitment strategy across Central Adelaide Local Health Network to address workforce needs, identifying workforce reform strategies, recruit to fill role types and develop career pathways.

What experience do you bring to the board?

I bring a holistic workforce perspective to the board, from training to employment across many health professionals. Having worked within the public health system for many years, I add value by understanding public policies and cross government initiatives. I have been an advocate for the Aboriginal Health worker/Practitioner role for many years, including project managing the development of clinical governance and credentialing standards across SA Health.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I am keen for the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner to lead health outcomes for our community, within all areas of Health service. To have all AWHs across Australia recognised for their importance alongside other Health Professional as part of a multidisciplinary care, as the cultural knowledge is an important factor in the Health outcomes.

 
 
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