Professor Tom Calma AO

Professor Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kun) tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively.  He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at [...]

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Pat is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Her area of [...]

Tom Brideson

Over the past 25 years Tom has been active in mental health and health policy, social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB), clinical mental health care, suicide prevention, education and mental health leadership. Tom is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah, NSW. He is a member of the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, the [...]

Adele Cox

Adele Cox: Chief Executive and Project Director NICRS Adele Cox is a Bunuba and Gija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Adele works as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in a range of areas, specifically mental health and suicide prevention. She was previously engaged as a National [...]

Dr Mark Wenitong

Mark is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. Mark brings extensive expertise and experience to the Council. Involved in both clinical and policy work throughout his career, he is currently the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, where he is working on health reform across the [...]

Jacob Corpus

Jacob was raised in the small town of Broome and is a proud descendant of the Yawuru and Nyul-Nyul tribes of the Kimberley region. Jacob is the Male Youth Representative for the West Kimberley and has been a strong youth Advocate since being elected by his peers to voice the 2017 Aboriginal [...]

Tiarnee Schafer

Tiarnee Schafer is a proud Kalkadoon woman from Mt Isa and is currently living in Sydney working as a Human Resources graduate. She graduated with a double degree in Psychological Science and Business in 2017, majoring in Human Resources. After finishing high school, Tiarnee started to notice the alarmingly high rates of suicide [...]

Rob McPhee

Rob is the deputy chief executive officer of the Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) based in Broome WA.  His people hail from Derby in the West Kimberley and the Pilbara region of WA. He has held a number of roles including a lecturer at Curtin and the University of Western Australia and has [...]

A/Professor Michael Wright

Michael Wright is a Yuat Nyoongar man from the Moora and New Norcia area of Western Australia, north of Perth. He has worked as a hospital-based social worker and as a mental health service manager and completed a Masters of Applied Epidemiology from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the [...]

Judith Lovegrove

Judith Lovegrove is a Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia and resides in Adelaide. She is currently the Metropolitan Senior Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Worker for SA Government’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and provides cultural and supervisory support to Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal clinicians within the service. Having qualifications in [...]

Tanja Hirvonen

Tanja is an Aboriginal Australian woman through her Mother who was born in Alice Springs. Her Grandmother is from the Barkly Tablelands region and Tanja's Great Grandparents are from WA, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. Tanja's father is from Finland. Tanja grew up in Mt Isa with family. Tanja has also lived in [...]

Leilani Darwin

Leilani is a Quandamooka woman, ancestral home is Stradbroke Island. Through her own lived experience and work within the sector, Leilani is a powerful advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led, culturally informed practices within mainstream services. She is a lived experience contributor, consumer advocate and has a wealth of experience in [...]