Our Board

The AH&MRC is governed by a Board of Directors; eight Aboriginal people elected by AH&MRC Members on a regional basis. The AH&MRC represents and supports its Members and their respective communities on Aboriginal health at state and national levels.

Phillip Naden

Chairperson of the Board

Phillip Naden is a proud Aboriginal descendant of the Gamilaroi people from North Western NSW near Coonabarabran where his mother grew up on Burrabadee Mission. Phil is also a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri people from Peak Hill/Condobolin NSW (Bogan River People) and he was born and raised a proud Aboriginal man.

Phil is well qualified, a panel beater spray-painter by trade, a former sworn Queensland Police Officer, CEO of the largest ATSILS in Australia, former CEO with Bourke AMS, Bila Muuji Regional Consortia, and now the CEO of Dubbo and Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service. Phil has qualifications in Business and Management, Justice and Policing, is a Justice of the Peace and has recently run in the 2019 State Election as an Independent Candidate for the seat of Barwon. Phil has also recently finished his Masters Degree in Business and is looking forward to the role as Chairperson with AH&MRC.

Kane Ellis

Director

Kane's dad is from the Jingili people from the upper Barkley region in the NT, ranging from Tennant Creek to Borroloola. His mother's country is the Darwin area, the Larrakia people. Kane is proud of his heritage and has strong connections to his land and people.
Kane has been an Aboriginal health worker and graduated in 1998. He started working at Danila Dilba Health Service as a health worker then moved to a community health clinic (Bagot health clinic) for two years, working the clinic area.
He moved back to Danila Dilba in a health promotion role and then onto the Heart Foundation in Indigenous men's health. Kane ran the men's health program in the NT at the Heart Foundation.
He was lucky enough to be voted on to the Board of Danila Dilba as the Deputy Chairperson for three years. Before moving into the Clinic Manager's role of Danila Dilba Health Service for seven years during this time he acted as the Chief Executive for a period of six months.
Kane moved to NSW, to beautiful Wollongong commuting to Sydney to work at the Aboriginal Legal Service as the Regional Manager of the South Central Region and acted as the CE of the Aboriginal Legal Service during that time.
Kane missed his true passion, which is working in Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Services and so began his role at AH&MRC as the Comprehensive Care Practice Unit Manager. He is now the Chief Executive of the lllawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and is very proud to be on the Board of AH&MRC.

Lynette Kilby

Director

Lynette Kilby, Lyn for short, is a proud Wiradjuri woman born and bred in Griffith NSW. Lyn is a mother of 5 and has a football team of grand children and great grandchildren. As a Proud Wiradjuri woman with strong ties to Warengesda, and having raised her children on a mission, Lyn has seen and lived through the hardships and issues so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have and continue to face. Lyn is eager to assist where she can to alleviate these issues.

Up until April 2020 Lyn was employed by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS), a position she had held for over 20 years, firstly as a Field Officer based in the Griffith Office covering the Central and South West of NSW assisting the Community through the criminal justice system, and then as the Western Region Community Engagement Manager covering two thirds of the state this side of the Blue Mountains. Lyn’s position was made redundant in April 2020 and she is now retired.

Lyn is currently a Director of the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service (GAMS) and for many years, up until recently, held the Chairperson position, assisting the service to grow into one of the best holistic health providers across the Communities GAMS services, however Lyn had to step down from the Chairperson position due to relocating.

Lyn has and continues to work with communities to recognise and alleviate issues that exist in the various sectors. Her work is community minded, advocating for Community across the health, legal, aged care, childcare and education sectors. Her mission is to raise the platform of Aboriginal people wherever she can so that Community members, on an individual and collective level can have a voice and feel empowered.

Lyn is very familiar with the issues that Aboriginal people face through lived experience and from spending her entire adult life working for and within Communities. Lyn’s aim is to do the best she can to advocate for Aboriginal people on a personal and professional level and assist Communities in overcoming the injustices Aboriginal people face across the board on a daily basis.

Reuben Robinson

Director

Reuben Robinson is a proud Gumbayngirr Man from the Nambucca Valley of NSW. He has lived on Gumbaynggirr land in Sawtell/Coffs Harbour most of his life where he now raises his beautiful family and is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Galambila Aboriginal Health Service.
Reuben has over 20 years’ experience in the Government sector, working with the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office for 11 years and then NSW Aboriginal Affairs for approximately 9 years. During this time he has gained extensive experience in program management & delivery, intensive case work & support, government resource allocation & project initiatives, registration/regulation & compliance frameworks, monitoring, quality assurance principles, business development/continuity and financial management practices.

Whilst working professionally, Reuben has always maintained his cultural connection to country and community and has contributed broadly on a personal and professional base. He is an active member of the Coffs Harbour & District Local Aboriginal Land Council, member of the Miidinya La Goori Men’s Group, Chairperson of Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events (CHASE), active member of the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), and Traditional Gumbaynggirr Land owner as recognised through Native Title (Gaagal Wangaan – South Beach).

Reuben has always been a strong advocate for Aboriginal people and firmly believes that the premise for a solid lifestyle foundation begins with adequate Health and appropriate Housing. Once these are in situ the social determinants in relation to education, employment, justice and social well-being will be inadvertently enhanced toward better overall health as a direct result.

Christine Corby

Director

Christine Corby. OAM, is a Gamilaraay woman from north-western New South Wales (NSW).

She holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Limited (WAMS) and Brewarrina Aboriginal Medical Service (BAMS).

She is a Justice of the Peace and holds a Diploma in Health Sciences from the University of Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Health Management from the University of New England and a Diploma of Business Management from the Aboriginal Health College in Little Bay.

Her involvement in the Aboriginal Health sector since 1986 has seen Christine heavily involved in many committees involving Aboriginal Affairs, rural communities and social activities.

Tony Hunter

Director

Tony Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation. Tony has been in this position for 24 years.

Marrin Weejali provides culturally safe alcohol, other drug and non-acute mental health counselling, referral and advocacy services to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of western Sydney, and also to other people in need of assistance.

Tony has a Bachelor of the Arts in Adult Education and Community Management from the University of Technology Sydney.

Stacy Parry

Director

Stacy works in education and is a board member of Yerin Eleanor Duncan. For 25 years, Yerin has been providing primary health care to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the Central Coast of NSW.

Yerin is a community controlled Aboriginal Health Service and provides health care services in a culturally safe environment.

Yerin is the supporting organisation for the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre, a medical centre for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Yerin is responsible for securing funding for the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre and providing the centre with administration support.

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