Abstract Speakers

Tina Brodie
Position: PhD Candidate 

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Tina is an Aboriginal woman with connections to Yawarrawarrka/Yandruwandha. Tina is undertaking a PhD with research interests in the social determinants of health and holistic approaches to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve health and well being.

Victoria Stroud

Position: Researcher

Organisation: Telethon Kids
 

Victoria’s first interest in Indigenous health and community-led development was stimulated whilst working for natural resource management projects both in the South West of WA and in Indonesia. Victoria re qualified as Speech Pathologist in 2014 and works at Telethon Kids Institute on the Urban Aboriginal Ear Health project where she met Rose. Victoria’s PhD, Koorlungkas Yarning project, is a collaborative qualitative research project, that acknowledge a cultural perspective on language development.

José Estevez
Position: Optometrist 

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI

José is an optometrist and current PhD student with an interest in the underlying determinants of diabetic-related blindness within Aboriginal communities. Outside of this, Jose is a university lecturer and a visiting specialist providing outreach eye health care.

Eleanor Garrard

Position: Executive Officer

Organisation: National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce.
 

Eleanor Garrard is the Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce and is based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Stephen McDonald

Position: Chair 

Organisation: National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce.
 

Professor Stephen McDonald is Director of Dialysis and a Senior Staff Nephrologist at The Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service. Stephen was appointed as Chair of the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce in July 2019.

Luke Cantley
Position: Program Facilitator, Cultural Pathways Program

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Luke has extensive experience working across diverse sectors. These opportunities have provided Luke with critical skills and knowledge in frontline service delivery. Luke’s research is centred around the role the social determinants of health play in health outcomes for our Aboriginal communities.  

Peita Cooper

Position: Program Facilitator, Cultural Pathways Program

Organisation: Wardliparingga, Aboriginal Health Equity
 

Peita is a recent University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Peita works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to identify their social and emotional well being needs, set goals and broker relationships to available services.

Leda Sivak
Position: Program Manager

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Leda Sivak has worked in a range of research roles in Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity (SAHMRI) since 2014.  Presently, Leda is Study Coordinator for the Barngarla Language and Well-being Study, and also is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia.

Seth Westhead

Position: Research Associate

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Seth Westhead has family connections to the Awabakal and Wiradjuri nations of NSW and has work with Wardliparingga since 2016. Seth works across various areas including; Social and Cultural Determinants of Health, Adolescent Health and the Indigenous Language and Wellbeing Study.”

Jayden Nguyen

Position: Aboriginal Diabetes Study: Adelaide Coordinator

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Jayden is a Research Assistant in the Aboriginal Health Equity Theme at SAHMRI. Jayden is involved with the Aboriginal Diabetes Study a population based study seeking to better understand diabetes and its complications within the South Australian Aboriginal Community.

Liam Harte

Position: Project Manager

Organisation: University of Sydney
 

Liam is from the Dunghutti people, Liam is an award winning advocate for Indigenous autonomy in both business and health. A community member, leader and mentor, Liam is passionate about improving outcomes for Indigenous people through health and in business.

Glen Sharpe

Position: Research Assistant

Organisation: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Glen is a Luritja and Western Arrernte man from Central Australia and is an Aboriginal researcher with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress). Glen is an Aboriginal languages interpreter and joined the Doing It Right Project due to these skills. 

Bep Uink

Position: Chief Investigator

Organisation: Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre (Murdoch University)
 

Bep Uink (MAppPsy(Clinical),PhD) is a Noongar woman from Perth, WA. She works at Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University. Her work spans investigations into adolescent emotion regulation, Indigenous student success in higher education, and Indigenous LGBTQA+ youth mental health.

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt

Position: Research Assistant

Organisation: Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre (Murdoch University)

Shakara Liddelow-Hunt is a Wajarri Yamatji woman who grew up on Noongar country. She completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in 2018, majoring in Anthropology and Sociology. She works as a Research Assistant on the Walkern Katatdjin: Rainbow Knowledge Project.

Salenna Elliott

Position: Senior Research Fellow

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI.
 

Salenna Elliott is Senior Research Fellow in the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity group at SAHMRI with Professor James Ward. Previously she has worked in medicine, public health and as a post-doctoral malaria researcher.

Daniel Duke

Position: Research Assistant

Organisation: University of Melbourne
 

Daniel currently works as a research assistant to Luke Burchill examining emerging technologies and consent processes in Indigenous health research. He has a Masters in Development and Gender studies from The University of Melbourne.

Luke Burchill

Position: Consultant Cardiologist

Organisation: University of Melbourne
 

MBBS (University of Melbourne 1999) PhD (University of Melbourne 2010) FRACP (2007). Luke Burchill is an Associate Professor (A/Prof) at the University of Melbourne where he leads the Aboriginal cardiovascular health disparities program. Associate Professor Burchill is the first Aboriginal cardiologist in Australia. Clinically he works as an Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) specialist at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Katharine McBride
Position: Research Assistant 

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Katharine McBride is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia, and Research Officer in the Aboriginal Health Equity Unit at SAHMRI.  Katharine’s research is centred around addressing disparities in burden of disease and access to and quality of health services.

Christine Franks
Position: Senior Research Fellow

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Christine Franks is a Senior Research Fellow in the Aboriginal Health Equity Unit at SAHMRI, member of Katharine’s Advisory Panel and Mentor

Janice Rigney
Position: Senior Community Member

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Janice Rigney is a senior community member in South Australia and a member of Katharine’s Advisory Panel.

Annapurna Nori
Position: PhD 
Candidate

Organisation: The University of Adelaide.
 

Dr Annapurna Nori has worked closely with Australian Aboriginal communities for two decades, as a Public Health Physician and GP.  In addition to clinical service delivery and leadership, she has supported several local Aboriginal primary care services with strategic planning, policy development & implementation, models of care, education, and research. She has also made significant contributions to Aboriginal Health at a State and national level. For her strong advocacy and commitment to Aboriginal Health, she won the 2009 SA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year "White Pages Community and Government" award. Last year, she succumbed to the Education Gods and commenced PhD study at the University of Adelaide.  

Kim Morey
Position: Platform Lead: Health Systems Research

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI
 

Kim is the Platform Leader for Health Systems Research, the Platform delivers detailed health systems research in primary care, community care, and hospital settings, particularly in relation to access, utilisation, quality and outcome inequalities for Indigenous Australians. Kim’s family connections are from Central Australia, she is of Anmatyerre / Eastern Arrernte descent.

Anna Dawson
Position: Senior Research Fellow

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI

Anna is a Senior Research Fellow at SAHMRI and has most recently been involved in research projects that explored best practice in Aboriginal community-controlled primary health service delivery and stress and staying strong in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.

Aneta Kotevski

Position: Senior Researcher

Organisation: University of Melbourne
 

PhD (La Trobe University 2011). Aneta Kotevski is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she is undertaking research in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) with multiple projects focusing on Indigenous cardiovascular health disparities.

Kootsy Canuto

Position: Postdoctoral research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health​
Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI

 

Dr Canuto is a Torres Strait Islander and Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Aboriginal Health Equity Theme, SAHMRI. His research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. He was recently awarded a NHMRC Investigator Grant (Emerging Leadership) 2020 – 2024.

Adriana Parrella
Position: Research Fellow

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI

 

Adriana is a Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health Equity Theme at SAHMRI.  The focus of her work is to investigate culturally appropriate models of aged care and healthy ageing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Robert Dann

Position: Manager, Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Organisation: Women's and Children's Hospital

Robert is a Yamatji Man, who`s connection to country encompasses the wide area from Geraldton on the far west coast of Australia and extending through the Mid-West of Western Australia. Robert Currently has the role of managing an Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital supporting culturally appropriate care to Aboriginal Inpatients and outpatients. Robert also has a strong interest in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Workforce Research. Robert has many years’ experience as an Aboriginal Health Worker and Aboriginal Mental Health Hospital Liaison Officer and has extensive governance experience, with local, state and national committees. Which is supported with his life experience and knowledge of living in Aboriginal communities His governance and workforce experience provides him with extensive knowledge in relation to Aboriginal health workforce issues. 

Hylda Wapau

Position: Nurse Navigator

Organisation: Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
Employed as a Nurse Navigator within Torres & Cape Health & Hospital Services, based on Thursday Island, Torres Strait. Hyldas passionate about prevention and upstream sustainable strategies that enables community empowerment and self-determination which leads to positive health and wellbeing outcomes.