I have a joint appointment with both the Burnet Institute and the University of Queensland (UQ). My duties will see me primarily based at the UQ’s, POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health.

The primary purpose of my role is to lead the coordination of the ‘Eliminate Hepatitis C (EC) Australia Aboriginal Health Plan’ on behalf of and in collaboration with the Burnet Institute, which will support accessible hepatitis C care among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The aim of this role is to lead the development and implementation of a holistic, comprehensive and culturally appropriate approach to hepatitis C care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. This will include developing key activities within the Aboriginal Health Plan across the four key components of the EC Australia Partnership: health promotion, workforce development and health services delivery, implementation research and evaluation and surveillance.

I have worked in Aboriginal health since completing my Diploma of Aboriginal Health at Redfern Aboriginal Medical in 1994. I have a firm grounding in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector and am a strong advocate for Aboriginal people and their right to practice self-determination.

The early years of my career were spent working in the fields of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses as a Sexual Health Educator, NSW State Aboriginal Sexual Health Policy Officer, Workforce Coordinator and as the National Aboriginal Policy Officer for Hepatitis Australia. In 2011 I was employed at the Queensland Aboriginal Islander Health Council as a workforce coordinator and in 2013 was seconded to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to roll out phase II of the National Telehealth Infrastructure Grants Program. From 2015-2020 I have worked for Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation in Northern NSW as the Healthy for Life Site and Programs Manager. In this role, I was responsible for the management of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals and managed our site's data and reporting compliances to both state and federal funding bodies.