Keynote and Panel Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Panel 1 - Inclusion of Indigenous Knowldge in the Curriculum

Panel 2 - Students and Recent Graduates    

Panel 3 - Reflections from the Field: Influencing Change

Full Program and Timetable

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Richard Frankland

  Associate Dean Inclusion and Diversity and

  Head of Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Richard is a proud Gunditjmara man who lives on country in south-west Victoria. His roles include an Investigator for the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission, Fisherman, Musician, Author, Writer for Live Theatre, Screen Writer, Director of Stage and Screen, Theatrical Producer, CEO, Keynote Speaker for Theatrical Institutions, Workshop Facilitator and Key Note Speaker in Indigenous Issues including Lateral Violence, Cultural Safety and Community Capacity Building, Associate Dean and most importantly, Family Man. Richard’s lifelong work has been to facilitate the voice of Indigenous Australians via his many public personas. Richard constantly reminds people that: “We are not a problem people, we are people with a problem and that problem was colonisation”.

Professor Juli Coffin

Head of Campus & Director, Broome
The University of Notre Dame, Australia

Julianne (Juli) 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 and a graduate of Edith Cowan and James Cook Universities. Juli is a prominent Aboriginal researcher with expertise in cultural security, education and research across a diverse range of chronic diseases, nutrition, contextualising bullying, and health promotion. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and PhD. With a keen interest in Aboriginal languages and ways of learning, Juli 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.

Dr Evan Adams

Chief Medical Officer
First Nations Health Authority, Canada

Evan is of Sliammon First Nation ancestry and is Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. In this role he provides leadership representing the FNHA, working closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians. Evan leads a team of physicians who focus on First Nations health and wellness with the aim of creating a unique health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada. He contributes to the continued transformation of health care and responds to the wellness directives provided by First Nations communities. Evan is also notable for his acting career; he truly enjoys the arts.


Dr Rhys Jones

Senior Lecturer, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori
The University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Rhys (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM), University of Auckland. As Director of Teaching in TKHM, he oversees Māori Health teaching, learning and assessment in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. His research interests include ethnic inequalities in health, Indigenous health in health professional education, and environmental influences on health. Rhys is the International Lead Investigator of the Educating for Equity project, an international research project examining how health professional education can reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations.

Panel 1 - Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in the Curriculum


Petah Atkinson

Monash University

Petah is a Yorta Yorta woman with around 25 years of experience in Aboriginalhealth. She has spent her working life in Aboriginal Community Controlled HealthServices and at universities teaching medical students in this area. Her backgroundis in Public Health, Aboriginal Health and research, with particular interests in theSocial Determinants of Health and Cultural Safety. Petah works as a Lecturer withinthe Gukwonderuk Indigenous Engagement Unit at Monash University and recentlycommenced a PhD.

Rose Gilby

Monash University                 

Rose is a health professional with 20 years of experience in direct clinical care. She has also spent 10 years teaching Indigenous and rural health perspectives to undergraduate and graduate students and health professionals. Rose has proven ability to drive effective community, industry and educational program response rates through engagement, to execute successful engagement to achieve program deliverables, and to deliver cultural awareness/safety programs to undergraduate, graduate health professional students and the health workforce. Rose is an outcomes thinker with diverse networks built on strong positive relationships.

Glenn Harrison

Specialist Emergency Physician
Royal Melbourne Hospital & Epworth Hospital Geelong 

Glenn is a specialist emergency physician and Indigenous medical graduate from theUniversity of Melbourne. A proud Koori, a descendant of the Wotjobaluk people fromnorth-western Victoria, he works in the Emergency Department at Royal MelbourneHospital (RMH) and Epworth Hospital Geelong as a senior staff specialist. A memberof AIDA, Glenn is currently on the RMH Respecting Our Community committeeand supervisor of the RMH Indigenous Internship program for Indigenous medicalgraduates. He is also a member of the Indigenous health subcommittee for theAustralasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and heavily involved in thedevelopment of the ACEM Reconciliation Action Plan due to be released in 2017.

Rod Jackson

Wathaurong Aborignal Co-operative 

Rod has a strong background in health and Aboriginal issues. He is experienced in a number of areas in the not-for-profit space and enjoys the challenges that these organisations face in a commercial world. Rod is currently the CEO of Geelong’s Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd which operates 42 programs including: Health Services; Early Education; Culture, Family and Children’s Services; Community Services; Biodiversity and Land Management; Social Enterprises; Aboriginal Arts and Glass Manufacturing; Housing; and Justice. Rod is also one of the Elders/Respected Persons at the Geelong Koori Court, a Director of VACCHO, a member of the Barwon Regional Partnership and an advisory member of Deakin University (Institute of Koorie Education).

Sharelle McGuirk

Koorie Workforce Talent Acquisition Officer
Barwon Health 

Sharelle is a Wergeia/Wamba Wamba woman who has lived on Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) Country for 43 years. Educated in Geelong, she successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Journalism and Sociology) andBachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) at Deakin’s Institute of Koorie Education. She has extensive experiencein Aboriginal employment, education and training, and has held administrative positions in both the State and CommonwealthPublic Services and at IKE. Currently she is employed at Barwon Health as the Koorie Workforce Talent Acquisition Officer toimplement its Aboriginal Employment Plan. Concurrently, she is into her second term as a voluntary Board Member(and Deputy Chairperson) at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, and is a Traditional Owner and member of the BarenjiGadgin Land Council. 

Tyson Yunkaporta

Senior Lecturer
Monash University 

Tyson is Bama with two decades of experience in education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He has worked on more than a dozen Indigenous language programs and has created Indigenous pedagogy frameworks with communities all over Australia. Tyson’s research interests are in the areas of Aboriginal cognition, and wellbeing arising from Indigenous ways of doing, knowing, being and valuing. He lives within strong connections to culture and community, and works strictly within the bounds of these relational disciplines in his academic projects. Tyson has won multiple awards for innovative approaches and thinking developed at the interface of these competing accountabilities.

Panel 2 - Students and Recent Graduates 

Ryan Bulger

The Univeristy of Sydney 

Ryan is a Wiradjuri man from New South Wales, Australia. A former teacher, he is passionate about the welfare of his people. Ryan is currently studying Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Justin Gladman

Flinders University

Justin is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people. He is currently undertaking Rural Generalist Training in Broken Hill, has an appointment with the Anaesthetics Department at the Broken Hill Hospital, and also works with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as a GP Registrar. Justin is married to Melinda and they have four children. In the past he has worked in ACCHOs as a researcher, as well as teaching Aboriginal Health Workers.

Andrea McKivett

The University of Western Australia 

Andrea is Gija from Halls Creek and grew up in Carnarvon, Western Australia. After being involved in the pre-Medicine program for Aboriginal students, Andrea completed her medical degree at UWA in 2011. She is passionate about both learning and social justice, which led her to complete a Master in Aboriginal Health. Her thesis explored decision-making and engagement of medical practitioners in the Aboriginal health field. Andrea has worked in clinical medicine, medical education and clinical research. She is planning to commence a PhD in 2017 looking at how identity and beliefs influence choice and meaning-making in health for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

Keriana Nepe

The University of Auckland

Ko Titirangi te maunga
Ko Uawa-nui-a-Ruamatua te awa
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi
Ko Keriana Nepe ahau

Keriana is a sixth year medical student at the University of Auckland. She grew up in a small community on the East Coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand and has been interested in medicine for as long as she can remember! Based at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, Keriana is thoroughly enjoying her time learning and growing within the program. Her professional interests are in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery and Anaesthetics. She is also passionate about Maori health and education, as well as the common goal of improving health and education outcomes for all Indigenous populations.

Kennedy Sarich

University of Otago

Kennedy [Nga¯puhi Te Rarawa] is currently a PGY1 House Officer at the Canterbury District Health Board, her first job after graduating from Medicine at the University of Otago in 2016. Her three clinical years were spent at the Christchurch School of Medicine. Kennedy has been involved in various recruitment efforts to get Māori interested in health career’s as well as mentoring and student leadership groups. With a solid interest in research, she plans to pursue a career in public health, as well as heading further north, but sees value in getting a strong clinical grounding.

Panel 3 - Reflections from the Field: Influencing Change

Mr Craig Dukes 

Australian Indigneous Doctors Association

Craig is the Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA). He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA), was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), Director of the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at the University of Canberra and has maintained several positions as a Director in the Commonwealth Department of Health. Craig is a Mara and Jingili man from the Northern Territory who was raised in Emu Plains, New South Wales. He has a wealth of expertise following an extensive career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Associate Professor Paparrangi Reid 

Tumuaki, Deputy Dean Māori
Te Kupenga Hauora Māori
The University of Auckland

Papaarangi is Tumuaki (Deputy Dean Māori) at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and Head of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the University of Auckland. She holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the North and her research interests include analysing disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring Government commitment to Indigenous rights.

Professor Jacinta Elston 

Associate Dean, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Strategy
James Cook University

Jacinta is an Aboriginal woman from Townsville in North Queensland and is Professor and Associate Dean Indigenous Health in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Co-Director of the Anton Breinl Centre for Health Systems Strengthening at James Cook University. In the role of Professor and Associate Dean Indigenous Health in the Division she provides Indigenous leadership and strategic advice in health. For over two decades Jacinta has worked in higher education on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She is appointed to numerous committees, including the Advisory Council of Cancer Australia and holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. For over three trienniums she has served on the NHMRC Research Committee, and participated a member of the Research Agenda Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Mr Adrian Carson 

Institute for Urban and Indigenous Health (IUIH)

Adrian Carson has more than 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, having worked both with government in policy and program delivery roles and, for the past thirteen years, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector in Queensland. Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) Limited, a regional community controlled organisation which has led the expansion of Community Controlled Health Services in South East Queensland through the implementation of an innovative regional approach to the planning, development and delivery of an evidence-based and consistent model for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services across the Region. Adrian is a former CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and is also a current Director of both QAIHC and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).