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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Our Board

Rachel Atkinson March 2018

RACHEL ATKINSON
Chairperson

As an Aboriginal, Yorta Yorta woman, I have dedicated my whole working life to improving the lives of my people. I have extensive lived- experience in working in rural, remote and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. I have a strong commitment to self –determination and supporting the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally. I have over 20 years’ experience as a CEO of non-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, including my current position as CEO of the Palm Island Community Company.  I have presented at numerous local, interstate and international conferences and forums on topics including the over-representation of Indigenous children in the child protection system. As a current member of the SNAICC National Executive, I have been pivotal in highlighting issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families through media and parliamentary representation. I am currently the Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and Co-Chair of Family Matters Queensland and was previously a representative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Reform Committee. I have also been a past President of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council and former chair of the Partnership for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak.

Billy Gorham

BILLY GORHAM
Director

Billy Gorham is a proud Cobble Cobble man from the Darling Downs area and Koa man form the Winton area. He is Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane. He has been a Director of ATSICHS on and off for 27 years and has helped shape ATSICHS into what is it today. He is committed to ensuring equality for vulnerable children and their families. Over his career he has been active in creating opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly in the areas of accommodation and has driven political change with his knowledge and understanding of the major issues faced by Indigenous people in Australia. He has a Diploma in Administration, a Certificate IV in Governance and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management in Governance.

Gail Wason

GAIL WASON (DJUNGAN/WAKAMIN TRIBE)
DIRECTOR

Gail is the Chief Executive Officer of Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service. With over twenty five years’ experience in Aboriginal Health and affairs and an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of her community, Gail strives to ensure that the community has access to the full range of high quality, culturally appropriate primary care and services that empowers clients and the community to fully participate in the management of their own health.

  • Over 25 years in Aboriginal Affairs ranging in public and community sectors;
  • Recent 10 years’ experience in Community Controlled health Management;
  • Previous experience in the Indigenous Housing and Early Childhood Sectors

 

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KAREN DINI-PAUL
Director

Karen Dini-Paul is a well-respected professional within the Far North Queensland community, where she was born and worked for most of her career. She is an Indigenous Australian, a decedent of the Arrernte People of Alice Springs which, coupled with her Italian heritage, has given her a strong sense of self and family.
Karen has held roles with Wuchopperen Health Service, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), James Cook University (JCU), Department of Communities, Act for Kids and Uniting Care Queensland, working for nearly 30yrs in the area of Indigenous health and child and family services.  Karen is committed to improving the lives of others and is optimistic that QATSICPP will be an effective change agent towards influencing significant changes for our People.

 

LUISA O’CONNOR
Director

Luisa is a descendant of the Kaurareg Aboriginal People, traditional land owners of the Prince of Wales group of 42 islands including Thursday Island (Waiben), Horn Island (Nurupai) and of course, Prince of Wales (Muralag) as well as strong connection to Fiji, Tonga and Ireland.
Luisa is a woman with a mission – to address the social injustice and improve service delivery for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia. Luisa’s message to everyone is simple – “By building understanding between cultures, we build the bridges of mutual respect and trust. When we trust each other, we become Great and Strong”.

Gerald Featherstone

Gerald Featherstone 
Director

Gerald is a Bundjalung man and proud father of 1 and has been a Director of QATSICPP since 2017. He has worked for Kummara Association as a Social Worker in many roles since moving from Queensland Health and Education Queensland in 2003. In 2009, Gerald was asked to take over as Kummara’s CEO. Since that time, he has been involved in the development of Kummara Association and their services whilst simultaneously completing research on Aboriginal parenting, capturing specifically those aspects that create strong and well-functioning families.
In 2017, Gerald completed research on what makes for well-functioning Aboriginal families in Brisbane as a direct attempt to inform child protection and kinship care practices in Queensland. This research contributes to the conversation on how we can work across difference and achieve significant and lasting change for families.
Gerald’s leadership of Kummara has seen the establishment of Aboriginal family led decision making as a core component of work with families linked to the child protection sector.
Gerald is currently the state co-chair of Family Matters Queensland and was directly part of drafting the current generational approach to bringing about change for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through the Our Way Strategy.
Gerald was awarded the 2017 Child Protection Award for Professional Services Non-government for his efforts in leading the delivery of early intervention and child protection responses for the community.

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Lane Brookes
Independent Director

Lane is a 23-year-old Mandandanji man hailing from the South West QLD town of Roma, he is a born and bred local and passionate about bringing change to his community, state and country. Since completion of his schooling in 2012, he has had a variety of roles within the community. His first being actively involved in youth and community programs where he worked at the local state school as an Indigenous Teacher Aide for 2 years after leaving school, during that time he successfully completed his Diploma in Education through the Rural Area Teaching Education Program which is for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in QLD. There he acquired more roles to benefit his community while learning how to teach primary school children in Far North QLD, Cape York Peninsula and the South West Region. In his spare time of the role he would mentor students with the homework, sport and extra curricular activities as well as introducing and maintaining cultural elements in their lives.

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  • Child Protection Environment

    53.7%

    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

    69,200

    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.