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Members of ATSIAAG

Roslyn Malay - Co-Chair

is a Kija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She grew up in Halls Creek and is well known and respected across the region and lives in Broome W.A. She has a passion for working in the area of Aboriginal ageing, particularly in the remote community setting. Roslyn is currently working as a Project Officer with the University of Western Australia, WA Centre for Health and Ageing testing an empowerment intervention addressing the needs of unpaid family carers. Roslyn is committed to facilitating knowledge exchange of Aboriginal culture to non-Aboriginal people and has helped increase the awareness of dementia and cognitive impairment in remote communities in the Kimberley.

Graham Aitken - Co-Chair

is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Elders and Community Care Services Inc. (AECCS) and the Treasurer of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Community Transport Network. AECCS is the largest aged care service provider for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in Adelaide and South Australia. Prior to his current role, Graham worked for over 15 years with various Commonwealth and State Government Departments on programs specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his last position in Government, Graham was responsible for the administration and funding for all the former Aboriginal Home and Community Care (HACC) services and programs across South Australia. Graham completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Adelaide’s Flinders University as a mature aged student, with majors in International Business and Human Resource Management and a minor in Business Economics. Graham was also a member of the former Ageing Consultative Committee and the Ageing Expert Advisory Group that provided high level advice and information to the former Minister for Ageing and the Department of Health and Ageing. Graham has a passion and commitment to ensure that during the current Aged Care Reforms, all Elders have access to reliable and consistent aged care services, no matter where they might live.

Mark Elliott – Immediate Past Chair

Mark Elliot is the inaugural chair of ATSIAAG. He is currently the Aboriginal Project Officer at the Seniors Information Service in Adelaide South Australia (SA). He has been involved with Aboriginal Health, Ageing and Dementia in various roles for the past eight years since he helped to design and deliver the “Strengthening Dementia Care in Indigenous Communities” program while working as the Aboriginal Project Officer for Alzheimer’s Australia SA. This program attracted international attention and won an honorable mention in the Mentor International Awards. Mark was one of the founding members of the National Aboriginal Dementia Advisory Group (NADAG) to Alzheimer’s Australia which later became the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG). Mark also assisted in the development of and co-delivered the national pilot training of the Dementia Learning Resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in 2012 at the Aboriginal Health Council of SA and is a qualified trainer/assessor.

Leon Flicker AO - Advocate of the AAG ATSIAAG and link to the AAG Board

is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia. He was born in Sydney, both his parents having moved to Sydney after the Second World War as stateless refugees, his father from Poland and his mother from Indonesia. He went to Sydney High School, then graduated in Medicine at the University of New South Wales in 1981 and was the Foundation Medal recipient for that year. He trained in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. He completed a PhD in Melbourne, where he spent 11 years, and began his academic career there. On moving to Perth in 1998, after a year in Alice Springs, he assisted in the creation of the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing in 2006. Leon also led the re-organisation of undergraduate and postgraduate education in geriatric medicine in Western Australia. Leon’s research activities have focused on the major health issues of older people. He has been Chair of the Asia Pacific Geriatric Medicine Network for the last ten years.

Herbie Cox

is originally from Beagle Bay in the Kimberley where he still has strong cultural and family connections, but has lived in Central Australia for the last 10 years. Herbie has a Diploma in Aged Care from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and extensive experience in aged care in remote and town-based settings. His most recent work included roles in the Indigenous Dementia Services Study (Central Australia and the Kimberley), the Central Australian Aged Care Assessment Team, and the Carer Respite Centre. He also acted as adviser to the development of the education program "Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities." Although he is now retired Herbie remains a passionate advocate for his people.

Jennifer Hayes

is a Kuyani/Aranda Arunta woman who was bought up to respect her culture and its people. She came from a family of seven and was born in Port Augusta and lived there until 1996. She was a carer for over 32 years working with the aged, disabled adults and children. She became the Aboriginal Liaison Officer with Alzheimer’s Australia in January 2008. This was a HACC funded position which was primarily responsible for raising awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Australia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia (SA). Jennifer is committed to ensuring that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive a fair and equitable service and works with both mainstream and Aboriginal agencies in meeting the needs of the community. She is on the board of the Aboriginal Prisoners Offenders Support Service (APOSS) and is the current Chair of Nunga Miminars, which is the domestic violence service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in SA.

Dr. Pettina Love (BSc LTU, BAppSc (Hons) UC, Phd LTU)

is a Bundjalung woman and a member of the Albury-Wodonga Aboriginal community. She provides support to Indigenous students through her role as the Indigenous Student Services officer at La Trobe University and is also an adjunct lecturer in the College of Science, Health and Engineering. Pettina has worked within Aboriginal communities for over 20 years. Over that time she has conducted research, coordinated programs and actively volunteered her time in Aboriginal community affairs. Pettina has a commitment to research of interest and benefit to Aboriginal communities and has worked on a number of diverse topics. Pettina has conducted research on teenage pregnancy in a rural area through the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); researched the Aboriginal languages of North East Victoria through the Victorian Corporation for Languages (VCAL); investigated the impact of bushfires on freshwater ecosystems (shortly after the Canberra fires of 2003) and has investigated the Bogong Moth (a bush tucker) for arsenic contamination. Pettina’s current research focus looks at how we nurture Spiritual Wellbeing in later life.

Trischia Richie

is an Indigenous woman belonging to the traditional Wirangu people of the coastal waters of South Australia (SA), she also acknowledges her descendant line to traditional Kokatha people. Trischia is known for her resilient nature as an advocate with a strong focus on human rights. She is passionate about promoting the importance of empowering individual’s Rights and equality, particularly for Australia’s first nation peoples. Trischia comes with extensive experience in all aspects of Aboriginal affairs from working for the Department of Health and Ageing, Disability SA, Families SA and Centrelink, including service delivery, community development, advocacy, contract management and policy formation. Her employment background is built on deep understanding of her Indigenous culture, society, economics, and physical and social well-being. Trischia’s membership of ATSIAAG ensures she is able to assist with raising important issues for her Indigenous communities, most particularly upholding the rights and equity for all Indigenous Elders.

Eliza Pross

is a Gaimaragal resident, and Yuin/Palawa woman whose family is from Southern New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania. Eliza has an extensive work history in the community care, disability and mental health sectors, as well as in community development projects both locally and further abroad. Eliza is the Principal Consultant in her own consultancy, and works with various partners across a range of projects and sectors. Eliza’s interests and professional expertise includes policy, advocacy, social planning, service model design, change management and leadership, and person/community-centred service provision, focussing on supporting people to reach their full potential. Eliza has been a long-term Member of AAG, and was previously on the NSW AAG Executive, during her employment in the aged care sector. She now works across sectors, in both First Australian and mainstream environments, focusing on initiatives that can improve wellbeing for the most marginalised in our communities. Eliza has formal qualifications including Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Social Policy), Bachelor of Social Work, and Master of Policy Studies (Human Services). She is also a qualified trainer (Cert IV TAA) and is an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander). She has worked in Executive positions in the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) sector, and has extensive experience in the development of community programs, and particularly in the development of initiatives that engage multiple stakeholders.

February 2018

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