ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga IYHS

Meet our Board


Dr Brett Shannon (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 Phoenix Occupational Medicine and LIME Medicolegal 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.

Melody Ingra

Melody is a proud Gooreng Gooreng/Wakka Wakka woman from Central Queensland. Born and raised on country in Gladstone, she has a teaching degree and has worked in primary and high schools in regional and remote communities. While working as the Principal Project Officer for Early Childhood Education and Care in the Remote Indigenous Professional Development Program, Melody delivered professional development to early childhood educators in Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. Melody now works in the early childhood sector in a national role promoting reconciliation and is passionate about our little people and growing them to be deadly and proud.




Tomisina Ahwang

Tomisina hails from the Kuku Yalanji and Bwgcolman nation in North Queensland together with Torres Strait Islander bloodlines originating from St Paul, Moa, Badu, Mabuiag and Mer. Born, raised and educated in Brisbane, Tomisina first commenced casual work with ATSICHS Brisbane in the early 1970s and over the next few decades her career has included management positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations across Queensland. She has extensive experience in the Government sector and has worked for various departments including Social Security, Child Safety, ATSIC (Elected Commissioner) and more recently Queensland Health as a Consumer Liaison Officer. Tomisina is committed and passionate about community engagement at all levels.