Speakers

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Dr Chelsea Bond

Dr Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. Dr Bond has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past 20 years and has a strong interest in urban Indigenous health promotion, race, culture, and identity.

Chelsea’s career has focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system including critically examining the role of Aboriginal health workers, the narratives of Indigeneity produced within public health, and advocating for strength based community development approaches to Indigenous health promotion practice. Her PhD research which examined the disjuncture between Indigenous and public health narratives of identity in an urban Aboriginal community was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence placing her among the top 10% of her graduating year. Dr Bond has published a number of papers in relationship to strength-based health promotion practice, Indigenous social capital, and the conceptualization of Aboriginality within public health. Dr Bond is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and is examining how Indigenous educators within Australian higher educational institutions create culturally safe teaching and learning environments.

Dr Bond is a board member of Inala Wangarra (an Indigenous community development association), and Screen Queensland, an affiliate member of UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Research, a regular guest host of 98.9FM's Let's Talk program and a proud mum of 5 children.


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Dr Carrie Bourassa

Carrie Bourassa is a Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Prior to taking the Chair position in October 2016 and the Scientific Director Position in February 2017, she served her communities as a Professor of Indigenous Health Studies at First Nations University of Canada for fifteen years. Dr. Bourassa is an Indigenous community-based researcher and is proud to be the successful Nominated Principal Investigator on two Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants that funded the Indigenous Community-based Health Research Lab in 2010 (re-named Morningstar Lodge) and most recently in April 2016 the Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab at FNUniv. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and is a public member of the College Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Carrie’s research interests include the impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous people; creating culturally safe care in health service delivery; Indigenous community-based health research methodology; HIV/AIDS, HCV among Indigenous people; end-of-life care among Indigenous people; dementia among Indigenous people, Indigenous Water Governance and Indigenous women’s health. Carrie is Métis, belonging to the Regina Riel Métis Council #34.


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Professor Juli Coffin

Professor Julianne (Juli) Coffin is an Aboriginal Western Australian who has traditional ties to her grandparents' country in the Pilbara region (Nyangumarta). Juli was born in Ngala, Western Australia and has lived the majority of her life in the Pilbara. She is the proud mother of three children. Juli is a graduate of Edith Cowan University (Western Australia) and James Cook University (Queensland).

Professor Coffin is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with research expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion. Professor Coffin holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (with distinction) and a PhD with an award in excellence. With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning Professor Coffin combines her education and cultural learnings to deliver the outstanding translation of research into practice that is always of an impeccable standard. She is highly regarded by her peers as being creative and innovative around some of the particularly controversial and complex areas in Aboriginal health and education.


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Professor Joan Cunningham

Professor Joan Cunningham is a social epidemiologist with over 20 years’ experience in research relating to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. She is Professor, Senior Principal Research Fellow and NHMRC Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research and currently co-leads a multi-million dollar Centre of Research Excellence aimed at improving outcomes for Indigenous people with cancer.

Professor Cunningham’s core focus is on equity in health and health care, and she has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as in data development, across a wide range of topic areas, including racism and discrimination, the social determinants of a range of chronic diseases, and health system performance. She has a strong, sustained history of highly productive multidisciplinary research collaborations, underpinned by the development and nurturing of respectful partnerships with Indigenous colleagues, organisations, community members and students. She has successfully led several large programs of research and capacity building in the area of Indigenous health, including an NHMRC Capacity Building Program and an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.

Professor Cunningham has a strong and enduring interest in mentoring and developing emerging research leaders, including Indigenous researchers. She was awarded the Australasian Epidemiological Association’s Mentoring Award in 2011 in recognition of her work in this area. She has served on many NHMRC grant review panels including those relating to scholarships, early career fellowships and career development fellowships. She has been a Member of the Editorial Board of ANZ J Public Health since 2004 and is a regular peer reviewer for several key international and national journals.


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Sir Mason Durie

Mason Durie is from the Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngäti Raukawa and Rangitane tribes. He was educated at Te Aute Māori Boys College and completed a medical degree at the University of Otago in 1963 before undertaking postgraduate training in psychiatry at McGill University, Montreal (1966-1970). Subsequently he became Director of Psychiatry at the Palmerston North Hospital; a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (1971), and a Fellow of the College (in 1979). Between 1986-1988 he served on the New Zealand Royal Commission on Social Policy.

In 1988 he accepted a position at Massey University as Professor and Head of Te Pūtahi a Toi, School of Māori Studies, and up until retirement in June 2012 was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Māori Research and Development.

Apart from ongoing interests in health and social policy, he has contributed to the broader field of Māori development and has published widely on Māori health, Māori policy, the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori education and whānau development.

During 2009 he chaired the Ministerial Taskforce on Whānau Centred Initiatives and from 2011 was chair of the Whānau Ora Governance Group. In 2010 he was knighted for services to public health and to Maori health.


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Professor Anne Kelso AO

Professor Anne Kelso AO is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC. Following her PhD at the University of Melbourne, Professor Kelso undertook research in immunology at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. From 2000 until 2006, she was also Director/CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. She then returned to Melbourne as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza from 2007 until she took up her role with NHMRC in April 2015. She was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to science.

Professor Kelso is a member of several Government and international committees, including the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (advising the Minister for Health on the strategy and priorities for the Medical Research Future Fund), the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and the Board of Trustees of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization.


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Mr Romlie Mokak

Romlie Mokak is a Djugun man and a member of the Yawuru people.

He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research since 2014. Under his leadership, the Institute is transforming into a leading research and policy impact organisation in Australia, while extending its global networks and partnerships.

Prior to joining the Lowitja Institute, Romlie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association for almost a decade. Earlier roles included Director, Substance Use, and Manager of the National Eye Health Program, for the Australian Government’s Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He was the first Aboriginal policy officer in the New South Wales government Ageing and Disability Department.

Romlie has chaired and has been a member for a range of policy, research and evaluation bodies at the national and state government levels. He is the immediate past chair for the National Health Leadership Forum, the collective of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing organisations.

More recently, he convened the first Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference; and delivered the 2016 Cranlana Program Medicine and Society Oration.

Romlie holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education.


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Associate Professor Gregory Phillips

Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Australian peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

He is a medical anthropologist, has a PhD in psychology (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003), and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).

Gregory has twenty years work experience in healing, alcohol and other drugs, youth empowerment, medical education and health workforce. He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy. He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians, has advised federal ministers on Indigenous health inequality, and was honoured in 2011 with an ADC Australian Leadership Forum Award.

Gregory is currently Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, and an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.


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Dr Lisa Whop

Dr Lisa Whop is a descendent of the Goemulgal people of Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait and also has family connections to the darling downs region in South West Queensland. Dr Whop is an epidemiologist in the field of cervical cancer prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Her PhD project was the first population-based study in Australia to investigate Indigenous women’s participation in cervical screening and related outcomes and she has produced several landmark papers reporting on state-wide information for Queensland Indigenous women. She is currently working as a research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research on the National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project and leading the analysis of national data to report the same performance indicators for the national screening program. Her broader research focus is disparities in health and health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

  • Key Dates
  • Early bird Registration Deadline20 October 2017
  • Symposium14-15 November 2017
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