Prof. Alex Brown
Position: Theme Leader: Wardliparingga

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI

Professor Brown is an Aboriginal doctor and researcher with one of the strongest track records nationally in Indigenous health research in urban, rural and remote communities. He received his PhD in 2010, and in addition to his medical training has an MPH, is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and an honorary fellow of the RACP. He has established an extensive and unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on defining and overcoming health disparities. He leads projects encompassing epidemiology, psychosocial determinants of chronic disease, mixed methods health services research in Aboriginal primary care and hospital settings, and randomised controlled trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic disease interventions.

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Prof. Chris Levi
Position: Chair of the AHRA Council

Organisation: Australian Health Research Alliance

Chris Levi is the Executive Director of Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and the Chair of the Alliance of Australia’s NHMRC accredited Translation Centres – the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).  Over the past 20 years Chris Levi has worked as a clinical academic neurologist establishing one of Australia’s leading stroke research groups based at John Hunter Hospital (JHH), Newcastle.  His research and administrative leadership has focussed on the translation of experimental therapies into the clinical domain and on the implementation of best evidence practice in stroke care.  His research directions, ‘grounded’ in clinical relevance, continue to bring together academic, clinical and health management sectors in research and translation partnerships both across Australia.  Key translational achievements include leading the establishment of the NSW acute stroke units as the Chair of the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (2004-5), leadership of the NSW pre-hospital acute stroke triage (PAST) program that has transformed pre-hospital stroke care across NSW (2006-10), establishment of Australia only regional Comprehensive Stroke Centre incorporating endovascular therapies at JHH (2011 ongoing) and establishing the Directorate of Clinical Research and Translation for Hunter New England Local Health District where he led the establishment of the Centre for Innovation in Regional Health, NSW Regional Health Partners prior to his move to Sydney in 2017 to be the foundation Director of the SPHERE partnership.


Prof. Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

Position: Deputy Vice Chancellor

Organisation: University of Sydney

Professor Jackson Pulver is a proud Koori woman. She is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health and prominent researcher, educator and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Education. She is the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Services and Strategy at the University of Sydney. 

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Tanya McGregor
Position: Director Aboriginal Health 

Organisation: Department of Health and Wellbeing SA

Tanya McGregor is the Director of Aboriginal Health Strategy for the Department of Health and Wellbeing in South Australia. She is a highly experienced and qualified senior executive officer with more than 20 years’ experience developing state-wide strategies and policies to improve Aboriginal health outcomes and community programs across South Australia and the Northern Territory. Tanya has proven experience leading and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters within Commonwealth and state government health systems. She has a strong commitment to deliver valuable and high-quality services/programs and to monitor health systems to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health objectives and obligations are met.

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Vicki Wade
Position: Senior Cultural 

Organisation: Menzies School of Health Research.

Vicki is a proud Noongar woman. She completed her nursing certificate in 1980 in the times when nurses trained in nursing schools and hospitals. She has dedicated over 40 years to improving the health of all Australians and for over twenty-five years she has been dedicated to closing the health gap of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is a respected leader and advocate in Aboriginal heart health. She is currently the Senior Cultural leader of RHDAustralia.


Vicki has been involved in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research projects over her 40 years in health. Vicki received two prestigious awards in 2019 one from the CSANZ for her commitment to improving heart health to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Sidney Sax Medal. The Sidney Sax Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system. Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said.

‘Vicki has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to Aboriginal health, particularly heart health, in a career spanning over 40 years. ‘And, like the late Sid Sax himself, she has been highly influential through being consultative and respectful.’


Glenn Pearson

Position: Deputy Director, Aboriginal Health.

Organisation: Telethon Kids Institute

Glenn Pearson  is a Noongar man. He is the Head of Aboriginal Research, leads the Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU), and is a member of the Institute Leadership Team at the Telethon Kids Institute.


Gregory Pratt

Position: Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HEalth Research

Organisation: Queensland Institute for Medical Research.

Greg is descended from the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island and grew up with the Ghughu Yalanghi people of Cape York. Greg has extensive experience as an Indigenous mental health practitioner and has worked in both community and government roles, in policy development, research, service delivery and project management. Greg is passionate about community empowerment and the ability of Indigenous Australia to lead. As principal lead for GenetiQs, Greg and the QIMR Berghofer based team recently completed extensive consultation across Queensland to develop guidelines for the conduct of genomic research involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland. Greg is the Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research at the Queensland Institute for Medical Research (QIMR Berghofer).

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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

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Kim Morey

Position: Platform Lead: Health Services and Systems

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.

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Dr. Kalinda Griffiths

Position: Scientia Fellow

Organisation: Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales. 


Kalinda is a Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research, UNSW. Kalinda’s work addresses complex health disparities in populations through using existing administrative data. She holds honorary positions at the University of Sydney and Menzies School of Health Research and is deputy editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of Indigenous data with a focus on data governance, measurement and cancer care and outcomes.


Karen Glover

Position: Senior Research Fellow

Organisation: SAHMRI Women and Kids

Karen Glover is a Mein:tnk Wotjobaluk woman from South Eastern Australia. Karen’s work has focussed on Aboriginal health and wellbeing of families, children and communities, in senior roles in government and non government health organisations and has been working full time in research since late 2015.


Lisa Khan

Position: Research Assistant 

Organisation: SAHMRI Women and Kids

Lisa Khan is an Antakirinja matu-Yankunytjatjara woman from Coober Pedy. Lisa has had experience working within several APY communities across a number of youth, family and community organisations. Lisa also has work experience in native title, supporting the health and wellbeing to Antakrinja-matu Yankunytjatjara community members. Lisa has joined the ABFABB team as a research assistant and wants to inspire other mums from her community to make healthier choices in pregnancy.


Dr Misty Palmer

Position: Assistant Director, Investigator Grants Section.

Organisation: National Health Medical Research Council

Dr Palmer has been involved in the development of policies for a number of schemes, including Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants, Ideas Grants, Project Grants and Development Grants. Dr Palmer’s main area of responsibility is to design and review peer review processes.


A/Prof. 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.

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Dr. Karla Canuto

Position: Platform Lead: Capacity Development

Organisation: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI


Karla Canuto is a descendant of the Naghir tribe of the Kulkalgul clan, Torres Straits. She’s an experienced health promotion professional and health researcher. Karla is a senior research fellow at Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI and leads the capacity development platform. 

A/Prof. Aunty Kerrie Doyle

Position: Co-Chair, Research Lead of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Clinical Academic Group.

Organisation: Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE)

Aunty Kerrie is the inaugural Professor of Indigenous Health at the school of Medicine at WSU, as the academic lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CAG for Maridulu Budyari Gumal. A social scientist, she is interested in research activities that Close the Gap.