ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga Jimbelunga IYHS

Meet our Board


Uncle Billy Gorham (Chair)

Uncle Billy Gorham is a proud Cobble Cobble and Koa man hailing from the Winton area. He has been part of the Board since 1990 and has helped shaped ATSICHS to what it is today.

Over his career he has been active in creating opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly in the area of accommodation and has driven political changes with his knowledge and understanding of the major issues faced by Indigenous people in Australia.

Billy has a Diploma in Administration and certificates in Governance and Business.

Karina Hogan (Deputy Chair)

Born in Brisbane, Karina is part of a big Aboriginal and South Sea Islander family. Karina has a degree in Journalism and International Politics, is a mother to two beautiful babies and works as a journalist and content producer at the ABC, Brisbane.

She is passionate about working with Indigenous people to highlight achievements through story telling, media and social media.  She previously worked gathering research around Indigenous mothers and their birthing experiences and is also passionate about seeing pre and postnatal services for urban Indigenous families improve.

Dr Brett Shannon

Brett is a Ngugi descendent of the Quandamooka people and is also a Director on the board of the Urban Institute for Indigenous Health (IUIH).  Brett is medical practitioner at Logan Hospital. He has also completed degrees in human movement and business at QUT before undertaking a Masters in Applied Epidemiology with the Australian National University (ANU).  Brett has previously worked with the Community Controlled Health Services Sector,  as well as Queensland  Health.

Condy Canuto

Originally from Cairns, Far North Queensland Condy Canuto is a graduate of the Indigenous Health Program, at The University of Queensland (UQ) and is of Torres Strait Islander decent. He has completed an Honours degree with the Indigenous Health Program and has a Masters of Applied Epidemiology that he completed through the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra. Condy worked with Queensland Health as a health worker in the Hearing Health Unit for 9 years and has also worked for the Indigenous Health Program and Centre for Indigenous Health, as a lecturer. He worked for a number of years with the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) as a researcher in sexual health. He has been involved with a number of research projects including an analysis of the perinatal data set for Indigenous infants in Queensland, injury prevention in an Indigenous community, an evaluation of a Hepatitis A surveillance system and in the area of SIDS (looking at quality and completeness of SIDS autopsy data). He currently works as a senior lecturer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at UQ and is undertaking his PhD.

Associate Professor Jon Willis (Skills-based Independent Director)

Associate Professor Jon Willis is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist, with tertiary qualifications in anthropology, sociology and public health. He is currently employed as the Research Director of the University of Queensland’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, and has worked as an academic teacher and researcher, or in the Indigenous community sector since 1985. He has previously served on the boards of the Victorian AIDS Council, PLWHA Victoria, NAPWA, and Disability Services of Central Australia, and has been on Ministerial advisory committees to the Commonwealth, Victorian and Northern Territory health ministers. He currently also serves on the Movember Global Health Advisory Committee and the board of the Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland. He is also a member of the University of Queensland’s Institutional Ethics Committee.

Andrew Niven

Andrew is a Djaku-nde man from the Bunya Mountains, born and raised in Brisbane.  Andrew completed a Bachelor  of Business (Accounting) at the Queensland University of Technology.  He is currently employed at Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) and has previous experience in finance, investment and strategic planning at Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and  National Australia Bank (NAB). He is also the President of the CareerTrackers Alumni Association.  Andrew expresses his passion for health and wellbeing through his elite level in CrossFit where he aims to be a holistic health advocate and role model for Indigenous Australians.  He is excited to blend in fitness achievements with his financial experience for the health development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.