Indigenous Health Justice Conference 2019
A national conference led by Indigenous people focusing on health justice in the Indigenous context.
13 & 14 August 2019,
Darwin Convention Centre
Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Laywers
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) is proud to be partnering with Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation in holding the first conference in Australia focusing on Health Justice in the Indigenous context.
We thank our sponsors for making this conference possible, and we invite people from the Northern Territory or nationally with an interest in Indigenous health or justice to attend this important event.
Main plenaries, breakouts, combined speakers, panels, workshops - attendees will access both the Indigenous Health Justice Conference & the National Indigenous Legal Conference.
Select main plenaries will be arranged for both conferences.
Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) is proud to be partnering with Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation in holding the first conference in Australia focusing on Health Justice in the Indigenous context. AMSANT is the peak body for the community controlled health sector in the NT, providing culturally safe, comprehensive primary health care controlled by Aboriginal people under the principles of self-determination.
We recognise that collaborations between the health and justice sectors are gaining momentum nationally and internationally because evidence shows these lead to improved outcomes. This conference seeks to recognise the intersection between health and justice issues and how collaborations and partnerships improve outcomes for our people.
How can we develop Health Justice Partnerships tailored to the circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? What are Aboriginal health expert perspectives of the Royal Commission Into the Detention and Protection of Children in the NT, then and now? How can the justice system learn from trauma-informed practice? What does cultural safety and cultural competency look like in a health or legal service? How can we move to therapeutic justice models? What can be learnt from recent youth justice approaches to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)? These are some of the many questions we will explore.
This conference is for any person in the health or legal sector who has an interest or role interacting with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues or people.
LAWYER, A/ CHAIR @
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CONTROLLED HEALTH ORGANISATION (NACCHO)
Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is a Director of Wuchopperen Health Service and Acting Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - NACCHO.
She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership (HJP). This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Donnella coordinates LawRight’s and Wuchopperen’s Health Justice Partnership across two campuses under Project Funding from the QLD Department of Justice and Attorney-General. This HJP is a grass roots response to unmet legal need which has enabled LawRight to develop Law Yarn, a culturally safe tool for health workers to diagnose and refer the core legal needs of their clients. Through this partnership LawRight and Wuchopperen have built the capacity of each other’s staff and community to identify health harming legal needs and positively impacted over 300 clients.
JOHN PATERSON CEO @ ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICES ALLIANCE NORTHERN TERRITORY (AMSANT)
John Paterson was appointed Chief Executive Officer for AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT) in 2006, and has held senior management positions within government and Aboriginal community organisations for more than twenty-five years, During his time at ATSIC John was a representative at the United Nations Working Group of Indigenous Populations in Geneva, and at Indigenous economic conferences in Canada. His family is affiliated with the Ngalakan tribe from the Roper River region.
John graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Social Science in Human Service. He is also a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
John’s goal is to strengthen and enhance our community controlled health services in the NT so we can improve both the quality and duration of life for Aboriginal people. He has a particular interest in improving the mental health of the people in our region, with a holistic approach to primary health care.
PROFESSOR MICK DODSON AM
NT TREATY COMMISSIONER
Born in Katherine, Professor Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of land and waters around Broome. He was chosen as Australian of the Year in 2009.
Professor Dodson AM was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, is a former CEO of the Northern Land Council and in 1993 was appointed the country’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, a post he held until 1998.
Professor Dodson AM has been a prominent advocate of land rights and other issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Australia and globally and has served as the Pacific member on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Professor Dodson AM is a highly respected Aboriginal Advocate who has spent his working life fighting for the rights and interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
DIRECTOR @ ABORIGINAL JUSTICE UNIT, DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND JUSTICE
Leanne is an Arrernte woman born and raised in Alice Springs. Leanne has academic qualifications in Environmental Science, Law and Management, but she believes her most important knowledge has come from her grandmother and great-grandmother who taught her traditional land management skills, particularly in the use of fire.
Leanne has served other senior public service roles, including as the manager of Food Security for Aboriginal communities in South Australia, and the manager of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) and West Coast regions of South Australia within the Department for Premier and Cabinet. She was also the first Aboriginal policewoman in South Australia where she worked for 11 years as a Senior Constable in remote and city police stations. Leanne also worked on the international circuit; for the United Nations with stints in Geneva, New York and Paris with UNESCO, and as a Director for Bush Heritage Australia. She has published many scientific papers. Since returning to Darwin, Leanne has worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Northern Land Council and the Principal Legal Policy Officer in the Department of the Attorney General and Justice, where she currently is now the Director within the Aboriginal Justice Unit that is responsible for the delivery of the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Justice Agreement.
DR PAT MILLER AO
DEPUTY OF THE ADMINISTRATOR
Dr Patricia (Pat) Miller AO was born in Alice Springs and has lived in Central Australia all her life. Dr Miller is a member of the well-known Liddle family which has both traditional and pioneering ties in Central Australia. Over her life, she has made an inestimable contribution to the legal, social sporting and higher education development of Central Australia and the Northern Territory.
Dr Miller was appointed the as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory in 2002. As Deputy of the Administrator she carries out a range of ceremonial duties in behalf of the Administrator in Central Australia.
Dr Miller is a Native Title Holder, within the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation which represents Arrernte Native Title Holders and was the Chairperson of Lhere Artepe Enterprise. Dr Miller has served on the committees of governance of numerous regional organisations. She joined the Board of Management of the Centre for Remote Health in 2008 as a member representing the Alice Springs community. Over this time, she has worked tirelessly to promote higher education and the development of Flinders University active within the region and with the Northern Territory.
Dr Miller has received many awards which acknowledge her contributions to the local community and the Northern Territory. These include: NAIDOC Aboriginal of the Year, awarded for her commitment and contribution to Aboriginal Affairs in 1995; the Centenary of Federation Medal, awarded in 2003 for service to the community as a member of many organisations and groups; and the Rotary Paul Fellowship, also awarded in 2003, in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.
Dr Miller was made an Office of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2004 and, in 2006, Charles Darwin University conferred on her the Doctor of Letters honoris causa 2006 and a Degree of Doctor of the University, Flinders University 2012.
TONY MCAVOY SC
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST INDIGENOUS SILK (SENIOR COUNSEL)
Appointed Senior Counsel in 2015, Tony has developed a strong native title practice and has successfully appeared for claimants in several land claims. He has also acquired significant experience in the areas of environmental law, administrative law, human rights and discrimination law, coronial inquests and criminal law.
Notably, between 2011 and 2013, Tony was an Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Tony was Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
On 7th August 2018 he was named QUT Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and also received the Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.
CHRIS RONALDS SC
SENIOR COUNSEL SPECIALISING IN DISCRIMINATION
Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the law and the legal profession, particularly in supporting, mentoring and developing the careers of Indigenous lawyers and law students, Chris specialises in discrimination and harassment law, employment law and administrative law. Her practice also extends to intellectual property, commercial litigation, family provision and related equity matters, and she has particular expertise in the private education sector and its interaction with regulators.
Chris has conducted several landmark discrimination cases and has played an instrumental role in the development and passage of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), and in the passage of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). She has also assumed other significant roles, including appointment as legal policy advisor at Federal and State level on various grounds of discrimination and aged policy, and has appeared as Counsel Assisting the Commission in several ICAC Inquiries.
An experienced workplace investigator in corporate and government operations, Chris has extensive practical experience and expert knowledge in the governance of corporations, risk and financial management, workplace practices and organisational development. Such knowledge is bolstered by her graduation from the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Company Director Course.
Chris was the co-author of the fourth edition of Discrimination Law and Practice, a Federation Press publication. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, as well as a number of significant professional appointments. She has also completed a Mediation Workshop with LEADR and a Professional Certificate in Arbitration through the University of Adelaide.
DR. HANNAH MCGLADE
SENIOR INDIGENOUS RESEARCH FELLOW @ CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Hannah McGlade is a Noongar human rights advocate and researcher. She is the Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Curtin university, a Tribunal member with the Mental Health Tribunal WA and a member of the Medical Board of Australia . She has written and published widely on human rights issues including race discrimination, women and children’s issues, Aboriginal healing and social justice. The author of ‘Our Greatest Challenge, Aboriginal children and human rights’ which received the Stanner award for excellence in Aboriginal research,
Hannah is also an advisor to the Noongar Family Safety and Wellbeing Council, a board member of Aboriginal Family Law Service and Djinda Family Services. She has led the establishment of legal support services for women and children in WA and has used her legal qualifications to support many test cases in the area of race discrimination and human rights, most recently in the area of Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making. In recognition of her extensive work in the Aboriginal community in human rights, she was appointed the 2016 Senior Indigenous Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and she continues to participate in UN Forums.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @
Antoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette’s grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland.
Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra (formerly the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria – FVPLS Victoria), a position she has held since the service was established in 2002. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers important, community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence.
In addition to Antoinette’s leadership in Victoria, she has held the elected position of National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum) since 2012. The National FVPLS Forum is the peak body for the 14 FVPLSs throughout Australia.
A/ SENIOR SOLICITOR & CO-LEADER OF CIVIL LAW SERVICES FOR ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES @ LEGAL AID NSW
Merinda Dutton is a proud Barkindji and Gumbaynggirr woman and solicitor at Legal Aid NSW. Merinda was raised in Grafton in NSW. She graduated from University of New South Wales in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Jurisprudence.
LAWYER @ LEGAL AID NSW
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and solicitor at Legal Aid NSW. She has experience practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law. She was born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW and comes from a family of advocates in the NSW Land rights movement.
Teela completed her postgraduate Juris Doctor from UNSW Law Sydney and was named on the UNSW Law Deans Women of Excellence List. Upon graduation, Teela was appointed tipstaff to her Honour Justice Lucy McCallum in the NSW Supreme Court. Teela was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), where she was the founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot. She was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award.
Teela was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi) in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Previously, Teela was Australia’s Female Indigenous Youth Delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum in New York that inspired her journey to become a lawyer.
In 2017, Teela was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader. On her return to Australia, Teela fearlessly took Prime Minister Turnbull to task on Q&A after his dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
She has experience practicing as a general civil lawyer, as well as experience in native title and land rights. Since joining Legal Aid in 2014, Merinda has provided advice and assistance to Aboriginal people in communities throughout NSW. Merinda also worked with the Aboriginal Women Leaving Custody project at Legal Aid, providing advocacy for Aboriginal women in prison relation to housing.
Merinda is acting as the senior solicitor and co-leader of the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal communities at Legal Aid NSW.
FOUNDER @ BALANCED CHOICE
During the Royal Commission Into Youth Detention and Child Protection in the Northern Territory the consistent feedback from across young people in detention is the positive and engaging work of Adam Drake.
An advocate for young people and a long-term Territorian, Adam founded Balanced Choice in 2014 to improve outcomes for young people in the justice system.
Drawing on his 20 years' experience in the fitness industry together with his training in acting and directing, Adam has designed unique programs that tie together fitness, team building and psychology to help troubled children make positive choices.
Using a method called Hope Theory with the detainees at the Don Dale Detention Centre, Adam gives the children an avenue to share their goals and discuss ways to achieve them. Meeting with senior politicians, Adam is advocating for a mentoring program for troubled youth.
DR CURTIS ROMAN
SENIOR DIRECTOR @
ABORIGINAL INTERPRETER SERVICE
Curtis is a Larrakia man born and raised on Larrakia country.
He is Senior Director at the Aboriginal Interpreter Service. Prior to this he was a senior lecturer and head of school at the Charles Darwin University where he supervised PhD students conducting research on Indigenous topics, published papers and delivered a wide range public seminars.
He is the first Indigenous man to be awarded a PhD from CDU.
ANDREA MASON OAM COMMISSIONER @ ROYAL COMMISSION INTO VIOLENCE, ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
Ms Mason is a visionary leader with many accolades to her name including 2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, 2017 Northern Territory Australian of the Year and in the same year, Alice Springs Centralian Citizen of the Year.
LABI GUMBULA INTERPRETERS SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT
OFFICER @ ABORIGINAL INTERPRETER SERVICE
Labi started as a casual interpreter later becoming a Community Based Interpreter. Two years later he completed his Diploma in Interpreting and became accredited with NAATI.
Labi is a Level 4 Interpreter in Djambarrpungu (Yolngu Matha). Labi comes from Galiwin'ku / Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land. Labi is currently an Interpreters Support & Development Officer and says he is 'enjoying every minute of it'.
Labi continues to assist with interpreting in practice. He says 'I will never get sick of this work', and that 'I look at it this way, I come to work, talk in my native language Yolngu Matha to professionals and the government pays me for it.'
A Ngaanyatjarra and Kronie Australian woman from Western Australia, Ms Mason has built a reputation and career grounded in deep respect for the voice and collective determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is driven to shine a light on the challenges that communities face and to elevate solutions from within these places, just as she did co-chairing the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council from 2017-2019, where she advised on key policy areas including the Closing the Gap Refresh.
During her renowned career, Ms Mason has worked in Indigenous Affairs in both the public and community sector, working in a variety of roles from executive through to support. Her biggest career highlight so far has been working with the women of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) region in central Australia, as CEO of NPY Women's Council.
As CEO from 2009-2019, she saw first-hand a service, support, advocacy and influencer model designed by those living with disability, as well as supporting their family members. She saw family members and people with disability using their voice to ensure services met their needs, as well as how advocacy can be used by members to raise issues, keep systems accountable and navigate governments and institutions.
As a Commissioner, Ms Mason will listen deeply to people with disability and their families as they share their stories concerning violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, including members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
NADYEZHDA DILIPUMA POZZANA
A/ TRAINING COORDINATOR @ ABORIGINAL INTERPRETER SERVICE
I have worked in many NT and Federal Government Departments, communication has always been at the heart of my roles. I joined AIS in 2014 because I wanted Aboriginal people to access services in their own languages. Speaking your first language is a human right and Aboriginal people find it difficult when accessing services they are faced with a dilemma because they can’t communicate effectively and freely express themselves like our fellow Australians who are English only speakers.
YINGIYA MARK GUYULA
INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR NHULUNBUY @ NT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
Yiŋiya Mark Guyula MLA comes from North East Arnhem Land. He is a Liya – Dhalinymirr Djambarrpuyŋu man, of the Yolŋu Nation. In 2016 he was elected as the Member for Nhulunbuy. Based in Milingimbi he travels extensively throughout his electorate working with his constituents.
Among his people he has the title Djirrikaymirr (Judge) and he is an authority on the Yolŋu traditional system of law called Maḏayin. His clan is one of a number of groups responsible for the oversight of the Indigenous central governance institution of Ŋärra. Maḏayin law comes from the Ŋärra system and has maintained peace, justice and harmony in East Arnhem Land for millennia. This blance is greatly threatened by ongoing colonisation, which in turn is destabilising Yolŋu culture. For this reason, Yiŋiya is fighting for acknowledgment of the authority of Yolŋu law and governance.
Prior to his current role he has worked as a senior lecturer in Yolŋu studies at Charles Darwin University and as a support worker with the Northern Regional Council of Congress. He is also worked as a NAATI accredited interpreter.
As a young man he was the first Yolŋu person to obtain his pilot license and trained as an aircraft mechanic.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
@ NORTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGENCY
Priscilla Atkins is Eastern Arrernte from Central Australia and mother of 6 children and grandmother to 8.
Priscilla is the CEO of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency which is the largest legal services in the Northern Territory providing high-quality and culturally appropriate legal aid services for Indigenous people in the Top End. She is fully engaged in pursuing the rights of Indigenous people through law and policy reform.
As the previous Deputy Chairperson of National ATSILS, Cilla aims to work towards gaining justice for Indigenous people and keeping their culture, tradition and law strong.
PhD CANDIDATE @ UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Bio: Hayley Passmore is a PhD Candidate at the Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia. Hayley has qualifications in Criminology and Psychology, and previous experience working with adult offenders and their families, and with vulnerable children and families across Western Australia. Hayley has pioneered a workforce training intervention for justice professionals as part of the first Australian study to determine the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among young people in the justice system.
This work has led to the development of a clinically and empirically grounded approach to the management and support of young people in the justice system with FASD and other neurodevelopmental impairments. For this work, Hayley has received interest and support from service-providers and government agencies, including from the police, justice, child protection, education and health sectors. Hayley is a Finalist in the 2019 WA Premier’s Science Awards ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year category, and the training resources she developed were a Finalist in the Best Instructional/Training Video or Website Award at the 2018 Australian Teachers of Media Awards.
Previously Cilla was the CEO of the CAAMA Group, the largest Indigenous owned and operated multimedia organisation in Australia. She managed the commercial enterprises of the CAAMA Group through Radio Broadcasting, Remote Indigenous Broadcasting, Independent Music Label, Film and Television Production Company, Shops and Television Broadcasting.
Cilla actively promoted Indigenous culture, language, dance and music worldwide.
Cilla worked with the Australian Indigenous Communications Association in establishing the National Indigenous Television Service. She was also the Executive Producer and Creator of the first Indigenous children’s television series called Double Troubleproduced for a commercial network, Channel 9, and Disney. “Double Trouble” was nominated for an AFI in 2008 for “Best Children’s Drama”.
Cilla was previously on the NT Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council and was a Board Director on Indigenous Business Australia, Chairperson of the Indigenous Australian Indigenous Communications Association, Board Director of Imparja Television, National Indigenous Television Service and Indigenous Screen Australia.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER @ PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY CENTRE
Jonathon Hunyor is the CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He has practised for over 22 years as a lawyer in NSW and the Northern Territory in areas including criminal law, discrimination and human rights, migration and refugee law and Aboriginal land rights.
Jonathon’s previously roles have included Principal Legal Officer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin from 2010-2016, Director of Legal Services at the Australian Human Rights Commission, and lawyer at the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and the NT Legal Aid Commission in Darwin.
Jonathon is a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, has taught discrimination law at the University of NSW and has published widely in academic and professional journals.
DR HERON LOBAN
SENIOR LECTURER IN LAW @ GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Dr Heron Loban is a Torres Strait Islander academic, lawyer and expert in consumer protection. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in law at Griffith University. She is also a Director of Desert Knowledge Australia and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. Heron was previously a Director of the Centre for Appropriate Technology, which has offices across northern Australia and in that role advocated for the technological needs of Indigenous people. Heron was Member of the ABC Advisory Council until 2017.
MANAGER, LAW AND JUSTICE PROJECTS @ NORTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGENCY
John is Larrakia and Anmatjerre and was born in Darwin and mainly grew up there attending Darwin High School and Charles Darwin University. Until aged eight he lived at the Ranger station behind Uluru and briefly at Kakadu before his father passed away. As an adult he lived in Alice Springs for several years.
John is the Manager of the Law and Justice Projects section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). Prior to this he worked in various legal roles and in leadership development. John is a Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network, Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and Indigenous Incarceration Working Group.
John is the Chair of the Smith Family’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group. He has extensive board and committee experience including former Board Member for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (sacred site authority for the Northern Territory, 2013-2015) and former Alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council (2008-2012) and Deputy Mayor of Alice Springs (2009-2010).
John has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University. His admission was moved by Larrakia lawyer Nigel Browne at the Supreme Court in Alice Springs in June 2012.
John is co-chair of the working group for the National Indigenous Legal Conference 2019.
Kenisha Gumbula is a Yolngu woman from the community of Galiwinku, Elcho Island which is located on the north east of Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. Kenisha is currently studying an Associate Degree in Legal Studies and then planning to go into her Bachelors of Law. She is also working at NAAJA as one of the Community Legal Educators (CLE), where Kenisha goes to communities and helps deliver legal sessions/workshops to community services. Kenisha’s goal is to become the first qualified Yolngu lawyer with dreams such as helping our people understand the legal systems, find ways in bringing the Yolngu and Balanda (white) legal systems together and becoming a role model for other Yolngu people so that they may see how law can also be for Indigenous people.
ARTHUR MOSES SC
LAW COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 25 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is the immediate past President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014.
He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, proceeds of crime litigation, military law, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial, equity and appeals in all jurisdictions.
Mr Moses regularly appears before the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia as well as appellate Courts in other states and territories. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.
COMMISSIONER @ NT ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMISSION
Ms Sally Sievers has been a lawyer in the Northern Territory since 1988; and the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner nad Principal Community Visitor in the Northern Territory since January 2013.
In the last six years Sally has focused the Commission's activities in the areas of Race and Disability Discrimination and gender equality, and the intersectionality of these potential vulnerabilities.
Rosalie Kunoth Monks is an Arrernte Anmatjere woman
from the Northern Territory.
Born on Utopia Station, Rosalie moved to Alice Springs. At 16 she played the lead role in the film, Jedda. The film was the first to feature an Aboriginal person in a lead role. After 10 years in a Melbourne convent, Rosalie settled in Alice and started a career of over 50 years in human rights and politics.
Rosalie is passionate about Aboriginal people having access to their land, language and culture. Her contribution at local and national levels is vast, including Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs in the NT, to Trailblazer for the Oxfam Straight Talk program.
Rosalie has received countless awards, including an Order of Australia Medal, Northern Territorian of the year and finalist for Australian of the Year.
Still a household name from her many television appearances, Rosalie remains one of the most powerful voices for change in Aboriginal Australia.
ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS OAM
SENIOR LEADER OF CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
Dr Paul Lawton is a kidney specialist who has been working as a clinician across the Northern Territory since 1999, including four years as Director of NT Renal Services. He now splits his clinical time between work for Top End Health Services and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations, including telehealth and outreach clinics to all of East Arnhem.
In his work at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, he addresses questions about the health care and outcomes for First Nations Australians not only in the Northern Territory but also nationally, using
DR PAUL LAWTON KIDNEY SPECIALIST @ MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH
larger already existing clinical, registry and administrative datasets, including some data linkage. Where aren’t we doing well for First Nations Australians in the health system, why aren’t we, and how can we do better?
He’s also known as a fierce advocate for his patients, and has featured in national media repeatedly to great impact on the topics of access to health care for First Nations Australians and cultural safety in the health care system.