Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University
Adrian is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. His previous appointments include Academic Director of Indigenous Education and Research and Professor of Indigenous Research at Griffith University, Professor and Head of School at Southern Cross University, Founding Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University and Deputy Head of School at James Cook University. During the past 22 years in higher education, his experience has been in management, leadership, academic program development, teaching and research. He has held Professorial adjunct appointments at 3 Australian universities and has made significant contributions to Indigenous health and education. Professor Miller has a research track record in competitive grants with both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant schemes totalling over $10M. He has a strong interest in applied and translational research and twice been awarded Australian College of Educators Teaching Award. Professor Miller’s strong leadership experience, his proven capacity for achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous communities in health and education, his capacity building work for Indigenous scholars, his Indigenous health and wellbeing research focus, and track record of grant reviewing and successful grant applications, and of working collaboratively across government, community and academic sectors. The highly collaborative manner in which he has undertaken research has contributed to intellectual and methodological developments in health and education fields.
Professor Miller’s major research impact has been in the redrafting the National Pandemic Influenza Plan to prioritise Indigenous communities and raising the profile Strongyloidiasis as a notifiable disease. Professor Miller’s collaboration with the Doherty Institute in H7N9 work was highly commended by Indigenous and non-Indigenous media reports internationally and by a letter from Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer. “Your involvement with research surrounding pandemic influenza including ‘Pre-existing CD8+ T-cell immunity to the H7N9 influenza A virus varies across ethnicities’ and ‘Influenza studies with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities’ provides insight into the unique vulnerability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also into appropriate and feasible risk reduction strategies to reduce the impact of pandemic influenza”.
CEO, Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT)
Sarah Brown is the CEO of WDNWPT and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception 15 years ago.
Sarah holds a Master of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Grad dip in Health Service Management. Prior to joining WDNWPT, she was as a remote area nurse and university lecturer. Earlier this year she was awarded the Australian ‘Nurse of the Year’ honour by HESTA.
Sarah is passionate about indigenous health, community development and the governance of community organisations. She enjoys sharing her work with the community and is inspired by good news stories every day. She paints and has exhibitions in Australia and overseas and has 3 kids.
Associate Professor James Smith was awarded a 2017 Equity Fellowship with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education hosted by the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership (OPVC-IL) at Charles Darwin University (CDU). This role involves examining ways to strengthen evaluation in Indigenous higher education contexts in Australia. He is also the Co-Lead of the Indigenous Leadership Research and Evaluation Network at CDU. Prior to this role he was the Program Manager for the Whole of Community Engagement initiative at CDU – a project understanding the aspirations of six remote Indigenous communities across the NT to pursue higher education. Previous to these roles he held senior management and executive roles in both government and non-government contexts, in urban and remote settings across the NT. James is also a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association and incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. James has won a range of accolades for his work in Indigenous education, research, health promotion, health policy, community engagement and men’s health. This includes the 2016 CDU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance in Research (Emerging Researcher); and a 2016 Australian Rural Education Award from the Society of the Provision of Rural Education.
Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban QSO
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Victoria University of Wellington
The role of Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), held by Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban QSO since its inception in 2010, is unique in a New Zealand university. The role was established to provide strategic direction and support for Pasifika students and staff.
The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) team promotes Pasifika student enrolment, retention and completion of programmes and builds strong relationships across the University.
The team is also focused on increasing the number of Pasifika staff and ensuring they are well supported, as well as encouraging research into Pasifika issues within New Zealand and the Pacific region.
The Pasifika team takes pride in celebrating the academic success of Pasifika students. This includes hosting graduation celebrations for Pasifika students each May and December and welcoming new students at the start of each year at Victoria’s Pasifika Orientation.
Assistant Manager Indigenous Grants, Charles Darwin University
Jessica Procak is the Assistant Manager of the Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS) Indigenous Grants area at Charles Darwin University (CDU). Jessica is an Aboriginal woman from Alice Springs in Central Australia whose heritage is Pertame (Southern Arrernte). Jessica graduated from CDU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Marketing. Upon graduating university Jessica relocated to Darwin and commenced work with the OPVC-IL portfolio in 2011. Since commencing with CDU, Jessica has worked in a range of positions and roles within the OPVC-IL portfolio and currently holds the Assistant Manager of Indigenous Grants position which oversees the Indigenous supplementary funding programs including Away From Base and Tutorial Support. Since 2015 Jessica has also been a casual lecturer with the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy (SIKPP) teaching two units including Respectful Histories and Partnership Project, which focus on Indigenous issues and history within Australia
Indigenous Policies and Programs Analyst, Charles Darwin University
Shane is an Mbarbaram man with cultural connections and affiliations to the Aboriginal nations of Agwamin, Gugubhadin, Djirbalngan, Tjapukai and Yidinji of far north Queensland, with further connections to Aboriginal nations in central Cape York, Queensland. He has an extensive teaching history in the tertiary sector of education spanning two decades with a complementary profile of experience in curriculum development in both vocational education and training, and higher education. Shane’s postgraduate research qualifications addresses questions regarding how Aboriginal nations can achieve economic independence.
Shane was recently appointed as a policy officer in the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University. While his work portfolio is ever expanding, his current focus is on providing policy advice and support to the University’s current strategic planning process in terms of how the University can achieve its goal of becoming the ‘University of choice’ for current and future Aboriginal students and staff.