Our Board

The AH&MRC is governed by a Board of Directors; twelve 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.

Scott Monaghan

Chairperson of the Board

Scott has had twenty-one years of senior management experience in Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations.

He has been the CEO of Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation since 2005, providing primary health care to the people of the Clarence Valley on the North Coast of NSW.

Scott is the Secretary of the Many Rivers Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance which includes the Aboriginal medical services from Taree to Tweed Heads in its membership (established in 2005). Since 2016, Scott has been the Director of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

LaVerne Bellear

Deputy Chair

LaVerne Bellear is from the Bundjalung Nation (North Coast NSW) where she grew up in and around the Minjungbal region before moving to Sydney. LaVerne strongly believes that empowering Aboriginal people will create opportunities for them to make better-informed decisions and choices regarding personal management of health care, ultimately resulting in better health outcomes.

LaVerne’s background involves management and strategic planning. Currently she is the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern. LaVerne was the former Director of Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District, where her role was to develop various Aboriginal Health models of care along with the development and implementation of regional, strategic health plans that meet the needs of the local Aboriginal community.

Ms Bellear has extensive experience in health, having worked in community health for the former Northern Rivers Area Health Service and also managing the Aboriginal Health Management Training Program at the Australian College of Health Service Executives (NSW Branch).

Ms Bellear has a Bachelor of Business, is a member of the Alumni at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus; has a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research in Training and Practices, University of Melbourne; along with studying Masters of Health Management, University of NSW.

Ms Anne Greenway

Director

Anne Greenaway has recently retired from full-time work as CEO of Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council and was previously the CEO of South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation, Moruya Women’s Refuge and Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community & Medical Services.

With over 30 years’ experience in Aboriginal Education and Training, Community Controlled Health and Housing, as well as active participation and representation on a wide range of Aboriginal Issues, Anne plans to continue to live and participate in the local community.

Currently, Ms Greenaway is on the Board of Katungul ACC&MS, an association that spans over 20 years, chairs Katungul’s Finance and Risk Management Committee and is on the Board of SEARMS. As a strong advocate for women and children’s health and wellbeing issues, Anne currently chairs the Little Yuin Preschool and Family Centre.

Anne has been a Director of the AH&MRC for both the Far South Coast (1998-2005) and the Illawarra regions (2007-2010). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Letters (History) and Diploma of Business (Management, Governance and Training). Ms Greenaway worked for TAFE NSW for 17 years in Aboriginal Education and Training and is a member, Board member/past Board member of: AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat NSW Inc), Cobowra CDEP (Community Development and Employment Program), ATSIEN (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Network), SEALS (South Eastern Region Aboriginal Legal Service), Oolong House, SEARMS (Regional Aboriginal Housing Management) and SESIAHS (South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service) Area Health Advisory Committee.

Anne is soon to be a great grandmother for the sixth time.

Summer Hunt

Director

Summer Hunt is a proud Aboriginal Barkindji woman born in Mildura and raised in a small community called Dareton. She is a mother of three boys and one girl and a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.

Summer has over seven years’ experience working as an Aboriginal Health Worker, five years as Team Leader and three years as a Deputy CEO. She has an Advanced Diploma of Indigenous Primary Health Care, a Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, a Diploma in Practice Management and is a Justice of the Peace.

Currently, Summer is the CEO of Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation and has had the pleasure of sitting on the AH&MRC Board of Directors for the past two years

Raylene Gordon

Director

Raylene is a descendent of the Kamilaroi people of Moree.

Raylene has been the CEO of Awabakal Ltd since April 2015. Raylene’s background is in Health and Education. She has tertiary qualifications in both and has had many years’ experience in driving change in these areas at the community level. Raylene’s career has largely been in Aboriginal affairs and advocating for the right to equitable health and education outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Raylene commenced her career in teaching and then progressed to Government, working as a bureaucrat in program and policy development. Although she experienced many successes in senior management roles within Government, it is not where she wanted to be.

Raylene believes her skill set sits best with the community sector where accountability, transparency and innovation are required on a daily basis. The community sector is where you see the smallest of things make the biggest difference.

Raylene’s official skills are in strategic leadership, community development and change management.

James Williams

Director

James is a proud Wiradjuri man from the Riverina area, living in Griffith NSW. James Williams started his career in Aboriginal Health in 2004 as the first receptionist for the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service.

Over the years James has grown within the organisation, taking on Health Worker roles including AOD and Outreach Worker before being the successful applicant for the position of Operations Manager of Griffith AMS.

James’ portfolio includes Cert IV in Primary Health (Practice) & Diploma in Leadership and Management. This is James’s second term as a Director for the AH&MRC.

Christine Corby

Director

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

She holds the position 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 has 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.

Living and working in a rural community offers her a firsthand insight into the social changes needed for individuals and their families. Christine’s commitment to advocacy has seen WAMS as a significant contributor to the economic growth and health improvements for its industry

Donna Taylor

Director

Mrs Taylor is a proud Murri woman from the Kamilaroi Nation, born and raised in Moree, Northern NSW.

After completing High School in Moree, Mrs Taylor started her career as a secretary to Mr Lyall Munro, who was an executive member of the National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) in the early 1980s.

Mrs Taylor has worked for Pius X Aboriginal Corporation for the past 20 years, commencing as a trainee bookkeeper and now in the role of CEO. She has also served as a representative on the Moree Health Service Advisory Committee and the Roy Thorne Rehabilitation Committee

Valda Keed

Director

Mrs Val Keed was born in Peak Hill, NSW and is descended from a long line of proud Wiradjuri people in this area.

She was a founding member of the AH&MRC since its establishment (initially as the Aboriginal Health Resource Committee) in 1985. Val has held the position of the AH&MRC Lower Central West Regional Director on many occasions over the years, most recently having been reelected in 2017, and is currently the Chairperson of the Peak Hill Aboriginal Medical Service. She is also involved in many community-based organisations in the region, including the Peak Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council, Warramunga Aboriginal Advancement Co-operative, Mid Lachlan Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Weigelli Drug and Alcohol Centre (Cowra), and the National Parks Peak Hill/Bogan River Aboriginal Joint Management Group. As an AH&MRC Director, Val also holds the Chairperson position on the AH&MRC Ethics Committee.

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