Advisory Board

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Advisory Board

The Advisory Board was formed in 2008 to provide expert strategic advice to the Director and Management Team of the HealthInfoNet to assist in optimising our contributions to closing the gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The Advisory Board comprises representatives of key stakeholder organisations and members selected for their individual expertise. Members are:

  • Dr Michael Adams, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Western Australia
  • Taylor Bliss, Operations Manager/Social and Emotional Well-being Worker at Forbes only Aboriginal Medical Service, Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Karl Briscoe, CEO, National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP), Australian Capital Territory
  • Professor Alan Cass, Director, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory
  • Professor Lisa Jackson-PulverPro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales
  • Stuart McGrath, Aboriginal Health Practitioner, currently studying a degree in nursing at Charles Darwin University.
  • Donna Murray, CEO, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Australian Capital Territory
  • Janine Mohamed, CEO, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Glenn Pearson, Manager, Aboriginal Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia
  • Professor Ian Ring, Professor of Public Health and Professorial Fellow, Academic Development, Centre for Health Services Development, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Professor Cindy Shannon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at The University of Queensland, Queensland
  • Mike Stephens, Director Medicine Policy and Programs, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Australian Capital Territory
  • Winthrop Professor Sandra Thompson, Director, Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH), Western Australia
  • Roianne West, CEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Australian Capital Territory

HealthInfoNet Representatives:

  • Professor Neil Drew, Director, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
  • Tara Hoyne, Development and Marketing Manager, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Edith Cowan University Representative:

  • Professor Braden Hill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s (ECU)

There is one face to face meeting with members each year as well as ongoing contact throughout the year.

HealthInfoNet acknowledges the passing of a wonderful woman

We express our deepest condolences to the family of Ms Malera-Bandjalan who was one of the HealthInfoNet’s founding Advisory Board members in 2009. She was appointed by then Director Neil Thomson. Ms Malera-Bandjalan, was a proud Bundjalung woman from the northern rivers of New South Wales – Australia and died at home on country with family in February 2021.

Ms Malera-Bandjalan served on the Advisory Board from 2009 until her passing in 2021. She was an active contributing member despite her ongoing health issues and will be greatly missed.

HealthInfoNet Director, Neil Drew says “Ms Malera-Bandjalan has been a strong supporter of the HealthInfoNet since it began and made an enormous contribution to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. I personally, truly appreciated the many wonderful conversations and collaborations we had and will miss her generous and always insightful advice and guidance. Her legacy will not be forgotten”.

She was also the CEO and Editor of the Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal. The Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal is the only national publication written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. The Journal is distributed nationally and internationally and has been in circulation since 1977.

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