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Meet our Board

Our Board puts our vision for the future into action – that we are world leaders in Indigenous health and social support services being provided in an urban setting.

Melody Ingra

Board Chair

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.

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Dane Corowa

Board member

Dane is passionate about evidence based health initiatives leading to positive health outcomes within the community. Dane was born in Tweed Heads and belongs to the Minjungbal tribe within the Bundjalung nation. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound both at the Queensland University of Technology. He has been employed as a Cardiac Sonographer with Queensland Cardiovascular Group since 2009 and Heart of Australia since 2015, travelling to rural towns throughout Outback Queensland.

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Anthony Morgan

Board member

Anthony has extensive operational and management experience across the not-for-profit sector in the areas of Mental Health, Disability, Child Safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations. He has also held position in Queensland Government. He is currently employed at the Queensland family and Child Commission. His expertise is in Corporate Service functions, particularly finance and human resource management. He has worked with many Community Controlled Health Organisations and has a strong belief in the right to self-determination. He is an advocate for vulnerable people, a very proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay man, and a animal lover, particularly dogs. Anthony holds qualifications in business administration, commerce and e-commerce.

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Andrew Niven

Board member

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 Investment Corporation (QIC) as their inaugural Indigenous Partnership Manager. Andrew has previous experience in finance, investment and strategic planning at The University of Queensland (UQ), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and National Australia Bank (NAB). Andrew expresses his passion for health and wellbeing through his dedication to exercise where he aims to be a holistic health advocate and role model for Indigenous Australians. In 2021, Andrew broke a Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight lifted by kettlebell swing in 24 hours. He is excited to blend in fitness achievements with his financial experience for the health development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Dr Anthony Lynham

Board member

Associate Professor Anthony Lynham is a well-respected maxillofacial surgeon with over 25 years’ experience in surgery. He trained in Queensland and Switzerland and has worked in various roles including as a consultant surgeon at RBWH. In 2014 Dr Lynham entered Queensland politics where he served as Member for Stafford and as Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines. Today he is a clinical director of one of the nation’s leading institutes in trauma research and is Associate Professor at the School of Medicine University of Queensland. Dr Lynham is passionate about community health and works in the ATSICHS Brisbane’s dental clinics on a regular basis.

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Karina Hogan

Board member

Karina Hogan is a proud First Nations and South Sea Islander woman with strong ancestral ties to Northern NSW, Bundjalung Country. Her passion for elevating voices in her community is at the heart of what she does. She is a Content Producer, Broadcaster and Journalist with a thirst for making a positive impact in the health, media and arts space. With 13 years experience in media, She works for ABC Brisbane, is a business woman, studies at Griffith University and recently finished broadcasting for the flagship program for Triple A’s Let’s Talk Program. She is the researcher and impact producer for the Logie Award winning documentary ‘Incarceration Nation’ and is completing a research Honours degree at Griffith University focusing on the representation of diverse and First Nations women impacted by violence in the media . She is an experienced and passionate non-executive Director on the Board of the Children’s Hospital Queensland and the deputy Director of Blackdance theatre company Brisbane.

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Meet our Senior Management Team

The day-to-day operations of ATSICHS Brisbane is led by our Senior Management Team who are responsible for implementing the strategic decisions made by our Board.

Our Chief Executive Officer Renee Blackman heads up a team of professional and experienced directors who work together to ensure that ATSICHS Brisbane makes the best possible use of all available resources with the aim to enable and empower our people and community.

Renee Blackman

Chief Executive Officer

Renee is a proud member of the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) nation and is a passionate advocate for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her career began with the role of Aboriginal Health Worker in the early 1990s in Brisbane. She gained a Bachelor of Nursing from Australian Catholic University in 2000 and has worked in urban and remote settings ever since as a Registered Nurse. Renee has over 25 years experience in operational, management and leadership roles across primary health care, acute care and community health. In 2016 Renee was the Health Services Director at ATSICHS Brisbane and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Gidgee Health in Mt Isa. Additionally, Renee is a Clinical Fellow in the Faculty of Health, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology.

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Raymond Brunker

Director, Human Services

Raymond is a proud Maramanindji man from Daly River, Northern Territory. He has a special interest in finding solutions that empower communities and families. He has a deep history and connection to the Logan and Brisbane community, having completed Primary School at the Murri School and Woodridge State High School. Raymond has also completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Bachelor of Human Services. Currently, Raymond is an Atlantic Fellow completing a Masters of Social Change Leadership with the University of Melbourne.

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Laura Graham

Director, Corporate Services

Laura is a nationally registered psychologist who specialises in workplace culture, staff engagement, learning and development. Before joining ATSICHS Brisbane Laura worked as a consulting psychologist collaborating with a broad range of businesses to build better teams. She is an expert at mapping and integrating complex systems into simple processes and sees the bigger picture in any innovation. She is passionate about using her experience to help transform work environments into brilliant places where people love to work.

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Dr Jonathan Leitch

Director, Clinical

Dr Jonathan Leitch is the Clinical Director at ATSICHS Brisbane and is responsible for clinical governance, clinical quality improvement and supports health service planning. He has been with ATSICHS for the last 9 years initially as a GP in Logan and then as SMO. He has a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to empower individuals, families and communities to be enabled to improve their health and well-being. His qualifications include an MBBS (University of Queensland), FRACGP, DRANZCOG and a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (James Cook University). He currently holds an academic title as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and volunteers on not for profit boards.

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Dylan Nelson

Director, Education, Prevention and Early Intervention

Dylan is a proud Wuthathi man from the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. He has been working at ATSICHS Brisbane for the last 8 years. Initially starting in a frontline position in child protection, Dylan is now the Director of Education, Prevention and Early Intervention. He is passionate about improving the wellbeing trajectories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families through targeted support and self-determination. Dylan has a particular focus in Child Protection and Childhood Development. In his spare time, he volunteers as a foster carer providing support to vulnerable children with a significant emphasis on working with their families to get them home.

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Puja Patel

Director, Finance

Puja has served as Director of Finance since July 2017. She oversees corporate finance, facilities and fleet management, revenue management, accounting, tax and risk management/internal audit and plays a significate role in ATSICHS Brisbane’s strategic leadership. Prior to her current role, Puja has worked at ATSICHS Brisbane a in variety of roles in the finance team. Puja holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Commerce from India. She has completed a Master of Professional Accounting in Advance from the Griffith University in 2010 and is a member of CPA Australia and Company Directors.

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Anna Sciuto

Director, Health Services

Anna Sciuto is the Director of Health Services at ATSICHS Brisbane and responsible for leading the development of all aspects of the Health Services team and to support the positive growth, development, health and social outcomes of Indigenous communities. Anna has been with ATSICHS for the past 4 years. Originally starting in our People and Culture team, Anna then moved into the Health Services team initially as Operations Manager for Primary Health Care prior to her current role. Anna holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Southern Queensland and has worked across multiple industries in operational and strategic roles. Anna is passionate about providing world class health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

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