Board Members

Renee Owen

Renee Owen

Chair

A proud Yorta Yorta and Taungurung woman born and raised on Wadawurrung country Renee as the Aboriginal Health Programs Manager at University Hospital Geelong- Barwon. Renee was previously employed at the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Health Service where she has worked for the past 17 years, with the last 4 of those as the Health Services Manager. Renee’s previous roles at the organisation have included Team Leader and Aboriginal Health Worker & Practitioner having completed formal qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Management.

Renee’s family have a rich and long standing history with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and the local Aboriginal community, her parents are both founding members and still maintain active involvement and participation. Renee attributes her strong sense of culture and values to her parents, who have always supported her in her journey.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I have been an Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner for over 20 years, and completed studies in many areas including Aboriginal Health, Governance and Management.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

To have all Aboriginal Health Worker and Practitioners 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 Aboriginal Health Worker and Practitioners 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 more than 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.

 

Leanne Quirino

Leanne Quirino

Appointed as a practitioner member from South Australia

I currently work at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia where I have been employed for nearly 3 years as the Ear Health Coordinator, before that I was at SA Health, as the Ear Health Coordinator for the Under 8, s Aboriginal Child Health Screening Program for 6 years.

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I am a proud Aboriginal woman from the stolen generation. I am an 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 18 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.


Abbey Shillingford

Appointed as a community member

Margaret McGallum

Margaret McCallum

Appointed as a community member

I am working as Manager, Aboriginal Health Programs, Department of Health and Wellbeing, 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 our community by developing policy and projects across Aboriginal Health, including workforce initiatives and strategies.

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.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls

Appointed as a practitioner member from Queensland

I am an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner currently working for Apunipima Cape York Health Council base in Cairns. We service 11 communities in Cape York. My current role is Professional leader/Educator (Health Worker).

What experience do you bring to the Board?

I've been an IHW for over 17 years and remain passionate about my work; continually learning from colleagues and sharing my knowledge and skills with other IHWs. Being a good role model to others is especially important, above all for my kids.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?

By coming part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia and sharing my stories I hope it will add strength to our voices and an opportunity to be part of working towards common goals- national recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner expertise and improving the health of our people. Most importantly I would like all other health professionals to see the strength in us and recognize the great work our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and Health Practitioners do in our country.

Christopher O'Brien

Christopher O'Brien

Appointed as a practitioner member from New South Wales

Christopher is a father of five and is a Yorta Yorta man from his country Cummeroogunja (aka Cummeragunja) Aboriginal Reserve located on the banks of the famous Murray River, inland southern NSW/northern VIC with an Irish and French heritage. He is a robust advocate for cultural and social determinants for First Nations Peoples holist health and is the National, NSW & ACT leader for the National QAAMS Program – Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services and has been affiliated with QAAMS for 14 strong years. He is the President for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Council with the Health Professional Councils Authority NSW holding appointment for 3-years, holds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Portfolio for the clinical council for the SENSW PHN, is a Full Member of the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, and is an Associate Member and registered mentor for Indigenous Allied Health Australia; and member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group with Ahpra and the National Scheme.

Christopher has been a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner since 2015 advancing from Aboriginal Health Worker since 2005, progressing to Health Services Team Manager and Chair in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) sector. He has extensive experience in the ACCHS sector and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and social determinants of health bringing his expertise and knowledge skillset to numerous forums, further supporting his appointment as a member of the Executives Aboriginal Chronic Care Network with the Agency for Clinical Innovation NSW.

Christopher is a direct descendant of his third-great grandfather William Cooper – A Gentle Warrior and world-renowned Yorta Yorta man, Australian Aboriginal political activist and community leader; the first to lead a national movement recognised by the Australian Government. William advocated for human rights; petitioned King George V (1934-1937) for better living conditions and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; protested against the persecution of the Jewish people under the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria (1937-1938); Founding Father of the ‘Day of Mourning’ & Protest (26th January 1938) and the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee – NAIDOC, And a founding member of the first Aboriginal Corporation The Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association (1924) and The Aborigines Advancement League (1957), Melbourne VIC.

What experience do you bring to the Board?
I have operated and performed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health with over 25-years’ experience and further worked in the health domains; leadership, management, governance,
cultural awareness and education, and training.

What is your vision for the ATSIHP profession?
I envisage that one day, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner profession will be acknowledged and respected equally amongst its other 15 health professions that make up the Australian healthcare system; providing opportunity for upscaling scope of practice and performance through mainstream general practice provision helping not only the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, but all communities of Australia!


Kenton Winsley

Appointed as a practitioner member from Northern Territory

 
 
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