Emma is a Bundjalung woman from Northern NSW, her family from Cabbage Tree Island/Ballina area. She is a mum and potter, and lives in bush in Bagotville NSW.
Emma is the Academic Lead for Aboriginal Health Education at the University Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney based in Lismore which involves working with medical and allied health students visiting the Northern Rivers area from around Australia. Education goals for the students while living in a rural location is to understand the Aboriginal health environment, effects of past government policy and the current health status of Aboriginal people. Working with people to help them to identify their own attitudes and behaviours when working with Aboriginal people is a passion, and her way of being part of a better future.
Her role also includes developing and implementing an Aboriginal health careers program for high school students called Baribunmani Wanyi Ngay – I dreamed of you – Health Careers for young Aboriginal People.
Emma is also completing an MPhil (Med), the subject The efficacy of the provision Dose Administration Aids for Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander peoples living on the North Coast of NSW.
With over 18 years’ experience in the Aboriginal and mainstream not-for-profit sectors in the Northern Rivers in both health and community organisations. She was the Manager for Aboriginal Health at the North Coast Primary Health Network and was a part of the at the beginning of the life of Bullinah AHS, and ACCHS based in Ballina. Emma subsequently managed the service as 2IC/Practice Manager for over six years.