ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga Foster Kinship Care IYHS

Meet our Board



Karina Hogan (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 (Deputy Chair)

Brett is a Ngugi descendant of the Quandamooka people from Moreton and Stradbroke Islands and is also a Director of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH). Brett is currently a full time doctor at Resile Injury Clinic managing workplace injuries and has previously worked as a medical practitioner in Emergency medicine at The Prince Charles Hospital. Prior to completing medicine (MBBS) at the University of Queensland, Brett completed degrees including Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Applied Science (QUT) and Masters of Applied Epidemiology (ANU) Brett has signed up to the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and is currently completing a diploma in child health. Brett has a passion for working with community to improve health outcomes, particularly adolescent and child health and hopes to finish his training and work on continuing to expand the clinical services provided to Indigenous people in the South East Queensland.

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 Career Trackers 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.

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 UQ 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, Victoria and Northern Territory health ministers. He currently also services 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 Institutional Ethics Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts A (Hons) in Anthropology from the UNSW, a MLitt of Sociology from the UNE and a PhD in Tropical Public Health from ACITHN, UQ.

Tracey Appo

Tracey Appo is an Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander woman with family from Brisbane, Gin Gin, Hervey Bay and Cherbourg. She has an associate degree in community services, is studying a post graduate degree in family and domestic violence, and has a teenage daughter.

Tracey has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations for the past 25 years in various roles across South East Queensland and Wide Bay. Currently, the Acting Team Leader for Family Wellbeing for an Indigenous community organisation in north Brisbane, Tracey has also worked with government departments in various identified positions with specific focus on supporting and building capacities.

Tracey is passionate about working for mob and believes being a part of the ATSICHS Board will strengthen and grow her continued focus and passion.