Meet The team


Karl Briscoe


Karl Briscoe is a proud Kuku Yalanji man from Mossman – Daintree area of Far North Queensland and has worked for over 14 years in the health sector at various levels of government and non-government including local, state and national levels which has enabled him to form a vast strategic network across Australia.

Karl has taken up the position as the Chief Executive Officer of NATSIHWA to progress and represent the invested interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers / Health Practitioners.

Previous to NATSIHWA Karl was the Clinical Services Manager at the Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour. He has a vast array of experience at Senior Executive levels including previous positions as the Executive Director of Indigenous Health and Outreach Services in Cape York and Torres Straits Hospital and Health Service, which provided the skills and knowledge to coordinate strategic intent to address the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 Karl commenced his career in health when he completed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker traineeship with Queensland Health in Mossman Community Health where he progressed to the Senior Health Worker role, Principal Policy along with Partnership Management positions.  He completed the Primary Health Care training up to the Advanced Diploma and then went on to complete a Masters of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and more recently completed a Diploma in Practice Management.

 Karl’s vision for his people is to see dramatic improvement in the premature mortality rates of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in communities but the entire nation, ensuring the life expectancy rates of our people are equivalent or better than that of non-Aboriginal Australians.






Allan Groth

Policy Officer

Allan has been with NATSIHWA since March 2016, working as a part-time policy advisor. He has a long-term interest and work history in health and social policy. He believes the main focus in influencing policy should be to make sure it actually works better in helping people to overcome disadvantage – which means integrated policies that make sense for the individuals, families and communities they impact. Addressing the social determinants of health is crucial and NATSIHWA members play a big role in delivering health care, helping people to get the care they need and in understanding and working with the other factors that influence peoples’ health. He has a particular interest in social equity and believes that addressing the health, social and economic disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs to remain a national priority until it is addressed.

Allan worked for over 20 years with the Commonwealth Government, including as a senior executive working on health, housing, employment and other areas. Allan also worked for a number of health and education organisations in the community sector, including the Council of Deans do Health Sciences, the National Rural Health Alliance, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and as the director of health and workforce at Universities Australia.

Renae Kilmister

Media/Membership Officer

Renae has been a part of the NATSIHWA Team since April 2016. Renae’s passion is for people and enjoys building relationships and communicating with members and stakeholders. Being the Media/Membership Officer means she is able to travel to regional forums and conferences to communicate face to face, as well as interact via social media with members and affiliated organisations.

Renae uses her skills as a professional freelance photographer to capture Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners in a series of powerful images which have been used for social media and also a nationally recognised exhibition called “Unsung Heroes” which was featured on NITV News and The Point.

Renae came to NATSIHWA from Diabetes ACT where she began her journey in the not-for-profit health sector as the Fundraising Coordinator, which then led to a position as Health Administrator. She is now able to combine all of those skills in her role at NATSIHWA and is thoroughly enjoying working with such an incredible team.

Puran Singh

Corporate Services Manager

Puran Singh was born and educated in the beautiful South Pacific Island of Fiji, before migrating to Australia in 1992. Whilst in Fiji, he studied at the University of the South Pacific in Suva and has worked for the Department of Education for 6 years.

In October 2016, Puran joined with NATSIHWA as Corporate Services Manager.  Prior to this appointment, he has worked in Canberra for 25 years as accountant with CPA firms, and as Business & Finance Manager for a large commercial business. He completed his Master’s degree from University of Canberra in 2006.

Puran’s extensive experience in business has lead him to provide Accounting and Goods and Services training/education to business operators during the early stages of GST introduction in 2000.   

After hours Puran is associated with local community and charitable groups and enjoys sharing his free time assisting them.  He is also a keen sportsman.

Jacqui Weston

Senior Admin Officer

Jacqui started work at NATSIHWA as Admin Officer in September 2016 and is now the Senior Admin officer as of January 2017. Jacqui is of Torres Strait Island decent, her mother was born and raised on Murray Island or Mer in the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait.

Born and raised in Perth, Jacqui’s background is in the performing arts. She trained and worked as a dancer in Sydney before moving to Canberra to raise her children.

Jacqui has always wanted to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and feels she has found a workplace that not only offers the cultural engagement but also the opportunity to be a part of something so important that is making a difference to Indigenous health. 

Jacqui looks forward to engaging with our members and assisting them whenever possible.

Julie Allen

Professional Development Officer

Julie Allen is the newly appointed Professional Development Officer at NATSIHWA, working from her home office in Brisbane’s bayside. Julie’s large family descends from Davenport in Tasmania, however she was born and raised in Melbourne until moving to Qld in the late 70’s.

With a professional nursing background, and further studies in health, training, management, and more recently successfully completing a Diploma ATSI Primary Health Care (Practice), Julie lives on Quandamooka Country where she has worked for the past 10 years with the ATSI community forming strong connections with the Urban Elders. Previous to this, Julie spent several years delivering mental health programs to the ATSI community in Darwin, broadening her ability to engage with community to provide culturally competent support. She brings to the team, a multi-skilled approach, in her role as PDO.

With a passion for traveling, Julie hopes to share her stories, her knowledge and the latest NATSIHWA news and information with ATSIHW & ATSIHP. Providing CPD assistance for registered practitioners and non-registered health workers will be a key focus – along with maintaining current best practice training opportunities.

Be sure to say g’day, when Julie visits your community :-)

John Little

Bio Coming Soon!


Tyrell Kamira Sams


A young Aboriginal man born and raised in Canberra, Tyrell came to work with NATSIHWA in February 2013 from school in an administration role while having a gap year before commencing university. Tyrell work with NATSIHWA in a part-time position supporting the national forums and general administration. He is an active participant in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament bringing attention to Senators and Members of Parliament issues indigenous youth are facing today.