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Katrina Johnston, Queensland Deputy Leader.

Katrina Johnston Katrina was born in Biloela Central Queensland, but raised in Theodore, Central Queensland and is a proud Wulli Wulli and Wakka Wakka woman. She has worked at Theodore Hospital for over ten years and at Theodore Medical Centre as an Aboriginal Health Worker for seven years.

Katrina has been in her current role as an Aboriginal Health Worker in chronic disease at Goondir Health Service for 12 months. She has Aboriginal Health Worker qualifications and is currently enrolled to complete Aboriginal Health Practitioner qualifications.

Kingsley Bilney, South Australia Deputy Leader.

Kingsley BilneyKingsley is from Pt Lincoln in South Australia. He worked at Port Lincoln in Aboriginal Family Support Services from 2009-2014. Since 2014 he has worked at Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service as an Aboriginal Health Worker and he is currently completing his Certificate IV studies.

Kingsley is a talented Australian Rules footballer. He is captain of the very successful Mallee Park Football Club A Grade Team who were premiers in 2015 and 2016. 

In 2015 Kingsley also won the Best and Fairest for the Port Lincoln Football League.

Jade Griffith, New South Wales Deputy Leader.

Jade Griffith crop v2Jade is the Clinical Practice Manager at Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation in Dareton NSW where her role also includes being the Registered Nurse/Diabetes Educator. Jade is a Muthi Muthi lady from Balranald NSW.

Since 2007 Jade has worked in Aboriginal Medical services, across Victoria and NSW, providing diabetes outreach services including Dareton, Balranald, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Mildura, before returning to Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation to take on her current role in September 2015.

Jade has completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and is currently working towards becoming a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Jade’s passions are Diabetes Care and Care Coordination.

Helen Edwards, Western Australia Deputy Leader.

Helen Edwards crop v2Helen is originally from Geraldton in WA. She has worked at Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in an Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner role for ten years. Prior to this she was employed at Wirraka Maya as a medical receptionist.

In 2007 Helen completed her Certificate III in Primary Health as an Aboriginal Health Worker and in 2009 her Certificate IV. She has been an Aboriginal Health Practitioner since 2013 and in 2015 completed an Aboriginal Health Worker Immunisation course.

Before her employment at Wirraka Maya Helen worked as a secretary, teachers aid and in cleaning. Helen loves her current job, helping her people and educating them about their health.

Stephanie Thow, Victoria Deputy Leader

Steph ThowStephanie was born in Rotorua, New Zealand. Her father's country is Peerapper in Tasmania. For the past ten years she has worked at Gippsland and East Gippsland Aborigina Co-Operative Ltd.

Stephanie has a Dental Assistant Certificate III, Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is awaiting finalisation of her Aboriginal Health Practitioner registration. She has been an Aboriginal Health Worker for three and a half years.

Currently Stephanie is studying for her Bachelor of Nursing degree and is very interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner in the future.

David Nicholls, Queensland Deputy Leader

David Nicholls photo croppedDavid was born in Mackay and is a descendant of Kunju from Coen in Cape York. He has worked at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress for ten years and this is where he started his training as an Aboriginal Health Worker. He has also worked at Mackay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service for four years as a Clinical Team Leader and in addition to this, he also trained health workers in their Certificate III studies at Mackay TAFE.

David is an Aboriginal Health Practitioner and also holds a Gradute Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion.

His passion for remote work led him to Cairns to Apunipima Cape York Health Council where he has has been working for the past six years as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, focussing on clinical and chronic disease work including relief health worker to the 11 communities in the Cape.

David has a passion for camping and fishing and a love for his family.