We are establishing an Advisory Committee which will reflect age, gender and geographical diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with participation from Indigenous peoples of other nations. This experienced multidisciplinary group will help guide Girra Maa’s strategic direction, learning and teaching, research and engagement activities.
The Indigenous Health Discipline academics have extensive experience and are well-connected experts in Indigenous health and the wider industries of health, disability and education. Our practice is interprofessional, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and serves the aspirations of Indigenous Elders and peak bodies to inform primary prevention, interventions and policy reform.
Megan Williams, Associate Professor, Honorary Appointment
Megan Williams is Wiradjuri through her father’s family, and has over 20 years’ experience working on programs and research to improve the health of Indigenous people and their families. She has government and industry funding and collaborations for research, including for workforce development, prisoner health and facilitation of community driven research. Megan has contributed to defining pillars of government policy, and for program evaluation uses her Ngaa-bi-nya (said naa-bin-ya) Aboriginal framework published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.
Megan is a commissioning editor of independent health media organisation Croakey.org, committed to conveying Indigenous research and personal stories to communities, parliamentarians and media. In recent years UTS, Megan led the embedding of Indigenous knowledges across six health Masters’ programs, and contributed to curriculum in social work and journalism.
Now at the University of Sydney, Megan leads research and evaluation for the National Centre for Cultural Competence.
Danielle Manton, Associate Lecturer
Danielle Manton is a proud Barrunggam Woman from the Condamine River area in Queensland. She has over 10 years’ experience across a variety of facets within education, student engagement and program development to build access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Drawing on her passion for Aboriginal education, Danielle explores, researches and implements appropriate and meaningful strategies to ensure education equity and relevance, with the aim of improving health outcomes for Indigenous people.
Danielle is currently completing a PhD, The Bunya Project collaborating with six Aboriginal community partners including The Glen, Baabayn, Gamarada, Katungul, Bimbadeen College and First Peoples Disability Network to ensure direct Indigenous voices are embedded into the GSH curriculum.
As a Teaching Fellow in Indigenous Health at Graduate School of Health, Danielle is responsible for advocating for Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being by embedding Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum and engaging in meaningful relationships with communities and stakeholders. In her previous role at Western Sydney University she was instrumental in contributing to the Badanami Tertiary Entry Pathway Program. She also ran regular workshops on respect, recognition and reconciliation and developed the Walking Tall Together program encompassing school camps and parenting programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
Jack Bulman, a Mutti-Muthi man of south western NSW, completed his undergraduate degree in health sciences at LTU in 2005. Jack is now undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at University of Technology Sydney. He is researching in the area of empowerment and safe spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males using multi methods approach.
Jack has been involved in a wide variety of community activities through the years. Studies at Latrobe University gave Jack a more critical foundation for working in Public Health (Bachelor of Health Sciences) and extended his appreciation for the person developed through his earlier studies in Health Sciences (Remedial Massage). He particularly excelled in the area of community studies where Indigenous Male’s Health was a passion recognised by others.
Mark Ragg MBBS BA is the Director of Ragg & Co. Mark is an Adjunct Fellow in Indigenous Health in the Graduate School of Health at UTS. He draws on earlier careers in medicine (emergency departments) and journalism (Sydney Morning Herald) to bring knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to his work writing, editing, researching and consulting. Mark is an editor with Croakey, and sits on the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network.