Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
 

Board Members

Renee Owen

Renee Owen

Presiding Member

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.

Lisa O'Hara

Lisa Penrith

Appointed as a practitioner member from New South Wales

She is a Ngyampaa woman, born in Griffith, NSW (Wiradjuri country). Lisa is currently the Practice Manager at the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I started my career as an Enrolled Nurse at Griffith Base Hospital in 1990, and continued to work there for 12 years. Then I went on to become the Aboriginal Health Education Officer at Griffith Community Health Centre, and then to specialise in Vascular Health. After this, I made the move into Community Controlled Health by becoming the Practice Manager at the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, where I have been for the past eleven years. I also spent three years facilitating at the Aboriginal Health College in Sydney while on annual leave, teaching both the Certificate III in Aboriginal Health Work and the Certificate IV in Primary Health Care (both Community and Practice stream). I have had experience in both the mainstream health service and Community Controlled sector and in both the Aboriginal Health Worker and Management roles.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I would like to see all AHWs nationally recognised, for the skills they have and the professionalism they bring to their roles.

Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown

Appointed as a community member

Bruce is currently a special counsel with the Canberra office of the law firm of King & Wood Mallesons. His practice is primarily in the area of probity advisor for large government projects.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

Bruce has almost twenty years’ experience as both a community member and lawyer in the field of nursing and midwifery regulation. He is a chartered company secretary and 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 area of consumer protection.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I would like to see AHWs recognised by the wider health practice profession as an embedded and important front line element of the provision of health services to Aboriginal people.

Bruce Davis.

Bruce Davis

Appointed as a practitioner member from Queensland

Bruce’s family are Nyoongar people from Western Australia. Bruce grew up in Darwin, where he did most of his education and training. He now lives in Far North Queensland in Cairns and is currently working as the Team Leader in the General Clinic at Wuchopperen Health Service.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I have been an Aboriginal Health Worker for 20 years and in that time have worked in many different areas and settings. During that time I have worked mainly for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, including at Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, and Wurli-Wurlinjang and Sunrise health services in Katherine. I believe I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge throughout my professional and personal development in these areas.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

I believe there is a need for recognition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner skill set and capacity. Also the standards of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice profession needs to be improved to bring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners into parity across the nation. I believe that I can have valuable input into helping to develop standards, codes and guidelines for the profession.

Linda Bunn

Appointed as a practitioner member

 
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.

 

Anita Phillips

Anita Phillips

Appointed as a community member

Anita Phillips has been appointed as a Community member to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practitioner Board of Australia. She has recently retired after eight years as Public Advocate/Guardian responsible for providing health related informed consent for aged, disabled and brain injured people in the ACT. Anita is a former Member of the State Parliament in Queensland, ministerial adviser and Chief Executive Director of Local, State and Federal government human service organisations. She is now a consultant social work mentor/coach and trainer and a lecturer at the ACU in Canberra.

Anita has considerable experience as a social worker and community developer and during her long career she spent many years working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland, particularly within women’s programs. Anita has also worked in a variety of health settings in rural and regional areas.

Anita is a non-executive Director on a number of Boards, to which she brings a maturity and a focus on governance and decision making in an environment of integrity to achieve the goals of the organisation/company. As a Community member on the ATSIHP Board, Anita hopes to be able to continue to act as an advocate, ensuring that the needs and views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are properly represented.

Celia Harnas

Appointed as a practitioner member from South Australia.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 5/09/2013