Professor Michelle Chino

Ph.D., Professor EOH Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator Editor in Chief, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Professor Michelle Chino, Ph.D., Professor EOH Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator Editor in Chief, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Chino is an American Indian researcher and educator with expertise in the social determinants of disease and injury, and the impact of health disparities among diverse populations. She is internationally recognized for her work on health measurement among indigenous populations.

Dr. Chino founded and directed two UNLV research centers: the Center for Health Disparities Research and the American Indian Research and Education Center, and has brought in numerous prestigious research grants including the first university-level NIH grant. Along with Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson, she founded a nationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal entitled The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Dr. Chino brings a unique perspective and many years of experience to the School of Community Health Sciences, to her students, and to the community programs with which she works. Impact of commodity food use among American Indians; injury prevention; health education for minority populations; and access to care for Hispanics.

Ms. Pat Anderson

Chairperson of The Lowitja Institute: Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Aboriginal health, including community development, advocacy, policy formation and research ethics.

Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, and currently serves as the Chairperson of The Lowitja Institute: Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research. She has also been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. Ms Anderson has had many essays, papers and articles published. She was a co-author with Rex Wild QC of Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory. In 2007 she was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in recognition of her achievements and she was recently awarded the Human Rights Community Individual Award (Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award) for 2012. Ms Anderson is based in Canberra.


Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver

MPH Syd, GradDip (Applied Epidemiology) NSWDOH, PhD Syd, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW 

Professor Lisa  Jackson Pulver holds the Inaugural Chair of Indigenous Health and is a Professor of Public Health at UNSW. She is also Director of Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, is an Adjunct Professor at UC, Group Captain in the RAAF Specialist Reserve (Public Health Epidemiologist), and in 2011 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). She was honoured ‘for service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, and as a support of educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ Professor Jackson Pulver is the co-founder of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program and has been responsible for enabling over 50 students to receive a residential scholarship on campus for the duration of their (mostly medical) degrees at UNSW.

Being an Aboriginal woman, Lisa’s particular, although by no means exclusive, area of interest is Indigenous Health.  Lisa’s background has made her acutely aware of the lack of available data to identify underlying issues in the context of health of Aboriginal people across the lifespan, from birth to elder.  Along with her colleagues in the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, the unit whose reputation she helped establish, Lisa is working to provide that data.  This she achieves through extensive and comprehensive research with an impressive list of research credits to her name; conference participation, including leadership and presentation; publications including conference papers, public domain reports and journal articles; and, through her teaching career both before and after during her appointment at UNSW. 


Mr. Craig Dukes

Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Mr. Craig Dukes is an Aboriginal person and descendant of the Mara and Alawa people from Ngukurr in the Northern Territory who has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Allied Health Australia since 2009. Over this time Mr. Dukes has overseen the growth of the organisation from an Association with 2 staff and around 30 members in 2009 to a company that now employs nine people and has almost 400 members.

Mr. Dukes has also co-chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stakeholder Advisory Committee of Health Workforce Australia for the last two years, and has represented the organisation on a range of National committee’s including the National Health Leadership Forum, the Australian Allied Health Forum and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group. Prior to this Mr. Dukes was the Director of the Allied Health Workforce Section in the Department of Health and Ageing, and in addition was employed  in the local Aboriginal Medical Service, Winnunga Nimmityjah, and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. 

Mr. Dukes has the experience of working in a variety of Government agencies and in community organisations with a keen interest in prison health and palliative care, which are also areas he would like to be more involved in the future.


Mr. Clarence Slockee

Coordinator, Aboriginal Programs
Community and Education Programs
Public Engagement,
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Clarence Slockee is an Aboriginal man from the Mindjingbal clan of the Bundjalung tribe situated on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia. As a graduate of the National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, Clarence has gained experience across a broad range of performance mediums. He has had extensive involvement in many contemporary Indigenous dance productions and has toured extensively promoting Aboriginal culture, music and dance.

Growing up in the lush Tweed Valley with a long family history of bushmen, farmers and fishermen, Clarence has combined his love of teaching, culture, music, dance and the bush with his current role as Aboriginal Education Officer with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Having grown up on the family farm where his parents grow a variety of small crops in their continued business as farmers, Clarence was able to marry agricultural methods with learned permaculture principals to run his own landscape business on the Gold Coast.

After moving to Sydney for a change in pace and career he has been fortunate to have travelled to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and to have experienced a broad range of cultural practises. 
Combining several years of performance and workshop facilitation with a lifelong love of plants and the bush he is enjoying the many opportunities as Aboriginal Education Officer to educate RBGT visitors at all Trust Estates.



Mr. James Ward

Associate Investigator, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) 

James Ward is an Aboriginal man of Pitjantjatjara and Nurrunga descent from Central and South Australia. He is the former Program Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, at the Kirby Institute of University of New South Wales.

James is currently the Deputy Director of Baker IDI in Alice Springs which has a focus on Aboriginal health research. He leads and collaborates on 20 national research projects with mixed methods, including a community clustered randomised trial in 68 remote communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Far North Queensland aimed at reducing long standing endemic rates of STIs; the first national cross sectional survey of young Indigenous people regarding STI and BBV knowledge, risk behaviour, and health service access, as well as a peer led and respondent driven sampling study of people who inject drugs in Queensland.



Ms. Dea Thiele

Chief Investigator, Centre of Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health


Dea Thiele is a very proud Dunghutti woman born on Burnt Bridge Mission, Kempsey, NSW and has more than 23 years experience working within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector (ACCHS).  Dea holds a Masters in Health Management from the University of New South Wales and a  Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management from the University of New England.  Dea is currently enrolled at the University of New South Wales completing her Doctorate in Public Health.

Dea is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Population Health Unit at the Aboriginal Medical Service, Western Sydney (AMSWS), which incorporates, Health Promotional activities around Healthy Lifestyles & Tackling Tobacco; Development & Engagement strategies to develop partnerships with key stakeholders; and co-ordinator of AMSWS’s Research unit to inform AMSWS’s Advocacy agenda.

Dea was the previous Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NACCHO for eight years, where she was responsible for the management of the national Secretariat. 

Dea was appointed to the Western Sydney Local Health District board in June 2012.