Our Aboriginal Staff
Meet Ronald - Aboriginal Health Promotion Coordinator
A proud Murri (Aboriginal) man from Gomeroi Nation, north west NSW, Ronald was born in Mungindi which is uniquely situated on both sides of the NSW and QLD border and is divided by the Barwon River. Ronald is one of 13 children and has a close connection to family and culture. He currently resides in La Perouse where he is an accepted member of the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Ronald has worked extensively with both the government and community sectors, developing and implementing programs to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.
Ronald’s current position as the Aboriginal Health Promotion Coordinator for Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network involves:
- Developing and delivering targeted health promotion programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody including the Aboriginal Healthy lifestyle Program.
- Developing and delivering targeted health promotion programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the Juvenile Justice system.
- Delivering strategies to support Aboriginal people adapt to and benefit from the smoke free prison environment and to continue smoking cessation on release.
- Development of an Aboriginal Health promotion strategy for JH&FMHN.
- Engaging and working collaboratively and developing partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders to progress Aboriginal health promotion in the custodial setting.
“As an Aboriginal man working in JH&FMHN I am committed to supporting my mob and the mob from other areas. Being able to share my own cultural, personal experiences and knowledge with both patients and staff has been very rewarding.”
Meet Kobi - Team Leader, Integrated Care Service
My name is Kobi and I am from the La Perouse Aboriginal Community.
I was born in Darwin and lived there with my family for 8 years before my mother moved back to La Perouse. I am from the Djirrabal (North QLD) and Yuin (South Coast, NSW) nations.
I have been employed with Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network for the past seven years in various roles in the Medical Appointments Unit and as a Care Navigator in the Care Navigation Support Program.
Recently I was promoted to the role of Team Leader, Integrated Care Service based at Long Bay Hospital. The Integrated Care Service provides assistance to people in custody with chronic disease and other health related issues. The Integrated Care Service coordinates quality care for patients whilst in custody.
As the Team Leader it is my role to ensure that my team provides a quality service that is efficient and effective.
I enjoy working with our patients and assisting them with the health care needs on their return home.
I am in the final stages of completing my Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care with a focus on chronic disease, which will provide me with the foundation to continue to progress in my career and to help my community, patients and family.