Meet The team

CEO

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KARL BRISCOE

Chief Executive Officer

Karl Briscoe is a proud Kuku Yalanji man from Mossman – Daintree area of Far North Queensland and has worked for over 15 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/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and 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 Strait 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/or 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, Diploma in Practice Management and more recently completed the MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class Program.

 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-Indigenous Australians.

THE TEAM

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TANIKA PARKER

Chief Operations Officer

Tanika Deemal-Parker is a proud Guugu Yimidhirr Bama (Aboriginal person specific to Cape York) from the Hopevale Community, situated on the South Eastern Cape York Peninsula. In addition to English, Tanika also speaks her local language, Guugu Yimithir-her specific tribe group are called Baggardmuguu.

Tanika is a Registered Trauma Nurse with 6 years’ experience in Rural and Remote Nursing along with a few years’ experience in Metropolitan Nursing. Tanika has been involved in various levels of Governments, including local and State along with having experience in the not for profit sector. Currently, she is in the final stages of completing her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Primary Health/Policy and Governance.

Miss Parker has represented not only Australia on an International level, but also her Community. In 2012, Tanika was successful in presenting at the Women as Global Leader’s Conference at the Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. In 2013, she completed her Bachelors in Nursing Science, Majoring in Mental Health and has been actively involved in Indigenous Affairs her whole life. In 2015, Tanika appeared as a guest speaker at the National Native Title Conference in Port Douglas. In 2017, Tanika participated in an International program teaching medical english to Medical and Nursing students at selected Vietnam Universities and Hospitals. These achievements are just to name a few. More recently, Tanika has taken on the role of Chiefs Operations Officer at NATSIHWA in Canberra.

“When our mob come in as patients into any hospital setting, whether that’s Rural and Remote to a Metropolitan Hospital setting- they need to be reassured that the care that they are receiving is the best culturally, holistically and spiritually. Having Indigenous Health Staff in those organisations NATIONALLY without prejudice, can and will optimise our patients care and ultimately, Close the Gap!”

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JULIE GUEST

Executive Officer

Julie was born in Canberra and has extensive experience working for state and local government. Julie started her career in the ACT Public Service where she spent 17 years working for the Department of Transport. During that time she got married and had two daughters.

In 2010, Julie moved with her family to live in remote Far North Queensland where she took up the role of HR Manager with Queensland Health at the Weipa Hospital. During this time Julie worked closely with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners across Cape York and developed a strong appreciation for the vital work they do in community.

Julie then went on to work for the Local Council in the remote Indigenous Community of Napranum. During this time she formed strong bonds with many community members and saw the many benefits as well as challenges of remote community life, including unique social and health care challenges, reinforcing her understanding of the pivotal role Health Workers and Practitioners play in achieving physical, social, cultural and emotional wellbeing in their communities.

Julie returned to Canberra in 2017 to be closer to her new grandchild and joined the NATSIHWA team in August 2018. Julie brings with her strong HR and people management skills, she is passionate about working for an Indigenous peak body that has a National reach and being part of a growing organisation that represents such a vital Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health profession.

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JOHN LITTLE

Finance Manager

John grew up in the bush near Grenfell (Wiradjuri Country), NSW during the 50's and 60's. He moved to Canberra to continue his education at the Australian National University where he obtained an Economics degree with an Accounting Major. John is also a registered company auditor.

John's life experience includes time in Audit, Evaluation and Financial Management in both the Public and Private sectors. John worked in a credit union, the Parliamentary Library, a bank service company, accounting practices, a foreign owned company, the Australian National Audit Office and the then office of the Director of Evaluation and Audit.

John's experience includes travels to remote and isolated communities in various locations where he enjoys meeting people and learning about their culture and experiences particularly the difficulties of isolation. This prompted John's desire to offer his skills to NATSIHWA as the Finance Manager.
John is a Member of Rotary and has a keen interest in community service educational, health and environmental projects.

John is looking forward to making significant contributions to the success of NATSIHWA and its members.

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PAULINE HORE

Finance Assistant

.I began life in Longreach, Queensland, was born in Kogarah NSW and grew up in the west of Sydney in the then market garden area of Blacktown. My 6 other brothers and sisters had the run of the farm and the overseas telecommunications property next door.

I left home to join the then Women Royal Australian Navy Service, they sent me to Canberra in 1972 and I have stayed here ever since. As a mature age student, I began my further education. I have a Bachelor of Economics from ANU and a Graduate Diploma in Administration and a Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language from the University of Canberra.

I have been working since 1969 and have retired 4 times but interesting opportunities to work with different people in different organisations always draws me back. One of the calls back from retirement, was an opportunity to work in Indigenous Affairs as part of the then Department of Families, Communities Services and Indigenous Affairs from 2007. I had a great opportunity of working with many people, from many areas in Australia, in managing budgets for small and large projects.

I have worked as a volunteer in a number of community organisations for over 40 years. I am currently in Rotary. In addition I undertake auditing for small not for profit organisations and I am an ACT Justice of the Peace.

Working for NATSIHWA is a great pleasure. The policy/program work being undertaken by NATSIHWA on behalf of its members is very interesting and makes each day I am in the office very enjoyable.

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STACIE MURPHY

Policy Officer

Stacie joined the NATSIHWA team in October 2018 and brings extensive experience to the policy agenda. Stacie completed a Masters in Development Administration and worked in a range of private and public sector roles before heading up to the Kimberley and completing a Bachelor of Nursing degree.  

While living and studying in Broome, and undertaking clinical placements throughout the region, Stacie developed a profound respect and admiration for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and their pivotal roles across the full range of health care settings. Prior to joining NATSIHWA, Stacie Murphy spent a decade advocating for health care reform within the nursing sector and was particularly passionate about campaigning for equity in health care access and for transformative primary health care reform.

NATSIHWA’s policy role presented Stacie with an opportunity to combine her public policy and clinical nursing background with her deep interest in Indigenous-led health care reform. Stacie considers it a privilege and honour to play a role with NATSIHWA to pursue better health outcomes and experiences within health systems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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KIRRILAA JOHNSTONE

Project Officer

Kirrilaa is a proud Ngiyampaa Barkindji Woman from far West NSW. A recent university graduate in Public Health, Kirrilaa is committed to system reform in the health care sector to better resource and support our communities in improving health and wellbeing outcomes. Particularly through supporting the emerging work force as they engage in training. 

Kirrilaa has spent the last five years actively engaging in the not-for-profit health sector with leadership opportunities and professional development. Through this she has gained a broad range of knowledge and experiences in organisation governance, both community controlled health services and the mainstream health system, as well as government health policy and its impacts in our communities. Kirrilaa has also spent three years actively engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in mentoring through AIME.

She is excited to bring her learnings and dedication to NATSIHWA as our Project Officer.

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SHAYNE STRONACH

Membership Officer

Having joined NATSIHWA in October 2018 and new to the Health sector, Shayne has always worked in the Customer Care field.  Predominantly working in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism he recently studied Auslan to become a Sign Language Interpreter, later working in the Disability field prior to moving to Canberra in 2018.

His passion for looking after people and natural ability to connect with people from all walks of life is what drives him and keeps him young.  He is looking forward to honing his exceptional customer service skills and dedicated work ethic on looking after you our members.  Because you matter, he wants to provide the best service for you!  So hopes to hear from more of you over time with any suggestions for improving services or the health services culture in general.  Tell him what you would like Training and Development in so he can make the right suggestions for you and hopefully make your jobs easier.

Out of work he loves to cook Sri Lankan food, entertain friends over a good feed and games night, travel, scuba dive, he has a green thumb in the garden and likes to expand his consciousness and understanding to the various energy forms/beings of Love and Light and strengthening his connection to Mother Earth and beyond.

Shayne has very mixed heritage, born in England with Sri Lankan parents and Scottish and English ancestry on his father’s side while Portuguese, German and Dutch on his mother’s side. He has lived, laughed and loved while working in VIC, QLD, NT, WA, Northern NSW and now the ACT he now hopes to pass on his very own wisdom of experience.

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CLAIRE CAUSER

Events and Marketing Officer

Born in Southwest Victoria on Gunditjmara Dhauwurd Wurrung Land. Claire completed her schooling with high interests in art, event coordination/hospitality and customer service roles. After working in the retail and hospitality industry for a few years she moved to Alice Springs to gain more cultural awareness and pursue her dream of event coordination. 

In January 2019 Claire joined NATSIHWA as our Event and Marketing Officer. Claire thrives off the energy that comes with organising of events – putting that energy into increasing participants experience ensuring each event provides a new and different experience. Marketing is something that is new to Claire but with her artistic flare and creative streak she will add great value and ideas.

Claire is eager to make a positive impact to the NATSIHWA Community providing interactive and exciting events as well as widening her marketing scope.

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RENAE KILMISTER

Media 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 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.

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CHARLIE GILES

Professional Development Officer

Charlie Giles is a proud descendant of the Wonnarua people in the beautiful Hunter Valley Region where her home town is Bulga (which means big mountain), about 50kms outside of Singleton NSW.

Now based in Canberra as our Professional Development Officer Charlie has had a broad range of experiences working as a development officer in the National Rugby League over a period of several years helping the younger players assimilate with life away from families and making sure the older players had career pathways to move into when they retired from footy. She is a qualified facilitator who ran her own registered training organisation in the hospitality industry as well as a back ground in event management and concert security traveling internationally to work with a variety of entertainers over the last 20 years.
Charlie worked with NATSIHWA during 2016-2017 and left for a brief period of time to travel overseas and she has now returned to keep the momentum of 2018 going with our professional development forums and assist the networking of our Health Workers & Practitioners around Australia.