To ensure the Roadmap is driven by the experiences, needs and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people we have formed a National Youth Governance group.
Our Governance group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from across the country.
In the true nature of Governance, the group is involved in all aspects of this work from the development of the Roadmap, to research methods, activities and implementation.
Take a look below to learn more about each of our Governance group members!
Brittney Andrews has family connections to the Kaniyang Noongar Nations of Western Australia’s Southwest. Brittney currently lives on Wurundjeri Country of the Kulin Nations in Naarm (Melbourne). In 2021, Brittney successfully completely her Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at the University of Melbourne. Brittney is now in her first year of the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and is well on her way to becoming a medical doctor.
Alongside her studies, she is a First Nations Events Officer for the medical student body at the University of Melbourne and as well as an active member of the Indigenous Institute at the University of Melbourne (Murrup Barak).
In addition to her work, Brittney has a passion for caring for Country and the environment. She loves gardening and caring for her house plants. She is experimenting with growing her own vegetables and has a dream of one day owning her very own sustainable farm. Brittney is passionate about health and wishes to specialise in the area of rural generalism. Brittney wants to help work towards closing the gaps between Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, to ensure that everybody can enjoy the same level of wellbeing and health.
Corey Kennedy has family connections to the Barkandji Nation of New South Wales and currently lives in Adelaide, as he has done so for the entirety of his life. Corey is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences degree at the University of Adelaide and has future aspirations to complete an Honours degree as well as a PhD and/or Masters. He is currently unsure of which field of psychology he wishes to complete these in, however has an interest in health, sport, education, and development, with
a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
He has gained experience working as a research cadet for the past two and a half years at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of a PhD student and at Wardliparingga, the Aboriginal Health Equity Research Unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), under the supervision of leading researchers in the space of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Outside of study and work Corey loves to set the tone by playing a wide variety of sports including basketball, Australian rules football, and martial arts, where he always strives to get the best out of himself. Corey hopes to one day be a role model for future generations by
instilling the belief in them that all things are possible with clear vision,
hard work, discipline, and a healthy life balance. He decided to join the
Governance group as he saw it as an amazing opportunity to be able to
positively influence the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Hannah McCleary is a Palawa woman living in nipuluna/Hobart. She is currently in her 5th and final year of studying a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania. She has recently concluded a cadetship with the Marine National Facility at CSIRO, where helped to develop and coordinate the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship which runs on the RV Investigator. She is now looking forward to commencing her role as Academic Coordinator for the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy at CSIRO when she graduates in November. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, practicing yoga and exploring all the beauty that our environment has to offer.
Hannah is extremely passionate about young mob’s health and education and has enjoyed the time she has spent mentoring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hannah hopes to continue to give back to the community that helped foster her culture and identity when she was younger, and wants to contribute to a future full of real positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young mob.
Jaeda Lenoy is a proud Bundjalung, Gumbaynggir, and Birriah woman, and descendant of South Sea Islander culture within New South Wales and North Queensland borders, currently living on Wulgurukaba and Bindal traditional land. Jaeda is actively studying at James Cook University and University of New England to graduate with a Bachelor of Secondary Education (majoring in Japanese and minoring in History).
Jaeda has participated in cultural actions – the Palm Island 100-year anniversary, Stars Foundation participant, the Townsville Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre and Pop-Up shop. She has also participated in many leadership and bravery programs, academic or university-based tours and tertiary experiences, as well as NAIDOC based celebrations and competitions.
Jaeda is driven by confidence, resilience and teamwork which forms a tree of support for one’s self or a cluster to succeed. Jaeda has a vision of acceptance and embraced diversity to increase in future, to celebrate and support others in all elements of wellbeing and creations.
Daniel Rosendale is proud Kuku Yalanji and Gugu Yimithirr man who was born on the land of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Peoples on what is now called Cairns. Daniel has completed his Bachelor of Business Admin (Indigenous) at the University of Technology Sydney. Daniel has contributed to various local, state, and national community projects that aim to create better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Daniel is a co-founder and current executive of Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation (DIYDG). DIYDGS vison is to Inspire, Equip and Empower young people to take action and change the world.
With a focus of trying to provide the best possible opportunities for the next generation, Daniel is excited to collaborate and work alongside the youth governance group to help build National Roadmap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adolescent Health.
Lorraine Randall is a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from her grandfather’s side and Narungga woman from her grandmother’s side born and raised in the Northern Territory with family connections across the Northern Territory, Badu Island and Yorke Peninsula. In 2020 Lorraine successfully completed a Certificate 3 in Allied Health Assistance with the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) National Academy based in the NT. During Lorraine’s time studying she did her work placement at the Palmerston Regional Hospital working within the Allied Health team as an Allied Health Assistant student. Lorraine has always wanted to be an Aboriginal health worker to help her mob get better. Lorraine is now currently employed fulltime within the Top End Health Service and reached her goal to be an Aboriginal health worker as an Allied Health Assistant specialising in Speech Pathology at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
In addition to her work, Lorraine appeared in April’s issue of Speak Out, Speech Pathology Australia’s magazine and participated in a podcast with Speech Pathology Australia discussing about her journey and her work. She is also an official member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia and meets with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to motivate and encourage a career in the health sector.
Outside of work Lorraine enjoys being surrounded by her family, playing AFL for her local team the Palmerston Magpies Football Club and doing Zumba fitness.
Quinton Appleby has family connections to the Yawuru and the Noongar People from Western Australia and currently lives on Larrakia country in the Northern Territory. Quinton completed year 12 while undertaking a school based traineeship with the Territory Wildlife Park completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies. At the completion of his traineeship, he was awarded the Northern Territory GTNT School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the year 2018. Quinton continued to work at the Territory Wildlife Park completing a further traineeship in Conservation and Land Management Certificate II. During this period, he was selected as a member of the 2020 Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Youth Round Table where he was the only Aboriginal male participant. In addition to being a member of the Youth Round Table he was presented with the Administrator of the Northern Territory coin.
Quinton continues to work at the Territory Wildlife Park as a volunteer and with Territory Native Plants where he is gaining a broad knowledge of the native plant species of the Northern Territory. He is passionate about conservation of native animals and their habitats and the links between animals and Aboriginal culture. He enjoys brainstorming and envisions for young Australians to grow up happy and healthy, that whole family are together, that arrogance is gone, and that people have manners.
Mahlia has family connections to Darkinjung and Ngarigo mob of Central Coast and Snowy Mountains, New South Wales. Mahlia currently lives, studies and works on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. She is currently in her third year of Bachelor of Arts and Social Work degree where she majors in Indigenous Studies and minors in Health at the University of Sydney. As well as partaking full time study, Mahlia works part time as an Educator at an After School care in Forrest Lodge and also as a First Nations High School Mentor for Aurora. Mahlia has also undertaken various internships, including one through Aurora interning for six weeks at Key Assets- an out of home care and disability service located in Whadjuk Country, Perth. In 2020, Mahlia participated in a year-long internship for AIME, mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students across New South Wales.
Mahlia is passionate about achieving Social Justice for First Nation mob, nationally. Mahlia chose her study and career options as she believes it will provide her with the most optimal chance of advocating for broader community empowerment. Mahlia hopes to see young First Nation mob thriving in all environments in which their self-worth and self-love is defined by their own pride in culture and identity.
Thomas Harrington is a proud Indigenous man with ties to the Bundjalung Nation in northern New South Wales. He grew up on Dharug land in Western Sydney and now lives, learns and works on the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. In 2020, Thomas completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Anatomy and Histology and is now currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine postgraduate degree at the University of Sydney.
Alongside his study, Thomas is involved in numerous initiatives such as a student representative for the Faculty of Medicine and Health which informs the Indigenous Strategy and Services (ISS) Committee for his university. In the past, he has been a youth mentor for Indigenous students and has been an activist for Indigenous students on campus as the Indigenous Office bearer in 2019.
Thomas has a deep passion for medical equity and justice, with the goal of practicing medicine in regional and remote communities having a focus in improving Indigenous health outcomes. He also has a passion for medical education and believes in re-shaping the way First Nations people are portrayed in medical literature.
Olivia Lester currently lives in Canberra on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Land and has lived there since she was born. She has connections with the Worimi and Wonnarua Tribes in the Hunter Valley region. Olivia comes from a family of 11, with 2 brothers and 6 sisters (plus 6 nieces and nephews!). She
spends a lot of her time helping at her parent’s handmade store in the local
shopping centre and loves helping out customers with gift or craft questions.
Olivia has just started year 11 and is looking forward to meeting new people
and learning new things. She loves to read and has an ever-growing collection of books to work her way through. Olivia also loves music and listens to anything (country, heavy metal and everything in between!).
She is a diehard fan of the Carlton Football Club (Go blues!) and is hoping to see them win a premiership in the coming years. She is very passionate about mental health and believes everybody should have access to resources that they need. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights are extremely important to her and she is very excited to help make a difference in the lives of many people. Olivia is hoping to gain lots of knowledge and experience and to work with the rest of the wonderful governance group to fix an issue which should have been fixed a long time ago.
Josh Cooke has ties to the Kamilaroi People in Moree and lives in Canberra. Josh currently attends Year 11 at Narrabundah College and is employed at the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
Josh’s interests lie in Australian politics, international affairs, sociology, and health. Josh also enjoys reading, listening to music, and attending political meetings and various seminars.
Josh stands for social justice and equality, improving health and education outcomes, and fixing the systematic and intergenerational disadvantages that so many members of our community face. Improved healthcare services, secure housing, better-connected communities, and a connection to culture are required now more than ever.
Jakirah comes from the dry forest clan, Mullawirra Meyunna, of the Kaurna People of the Adelaide plains region. Her name, Jakirah Warruyu, means second born girl of the full moon. On her father’s side, she has connections to Narungga. On her mother’s side, her ancestral lines were broken from Ooldea.
Since successfully completing Year 12, Jakirah has undertaken a work placement at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Indigenous Consulting. Her keen interest in linguistics and recovery of First Nations languages led Jakirah to join SAHMRI’s Aboriginal Health Research Unit, Wardliparingga, as a part-time Research Assistant working on “The Indigenous Languages and Wellbeing Survey”. In addition to this, Jakirah was also working part-time at Tauondi Aboriginal College as a Tutor in Literacy and Numeracy.
Jakirah is a lead dancer with Yellaka: Old Wisdom New Ways, an Aboriginal Culture and Dance Group transferring ancient knowledge and wisdom to the younger generation and strengthening their culture and identity. Jakirah has worked alongside Karl Winda Telfer to deliver Cultural Education Programs, and co-facilitated dance workshops and cultural sharing’s for young people at Wan Smol Bag Vanuatu during a 2019 cultural exchange. Jakirah has also mentored Aboriginal students at OLSH girls’ school and St Joseph’s Education Centre since early 2021.
Jakirah is passionate about her culture, language, and the arts, working and performing in Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Hamish Rose is a proud Gunditjmara man living on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, with plans to major in psychology. Hamish believes that the National Roadmap Governance Group will be important in bringing about change in how First Nations mental health is addressed in Australia.
In addition to being a part of the Governance Group, Hamish also provides pastoral support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in his role at Queen’s College. Hamish enjoys reading, listening to music and playing volleyball in his spare time.
My name is Felisha Pearson. I am proud Kulkalgal woman from Poruma Island in the central islands of the Torres Strait. I also have blood ties to the eastern side of the Torres Strait as my mother is from Murray Island.
I currently live on Poruma and work in administration for Torres Strait Island Regional Council. I have been involved in leadership programs such as QIYLP that inspired me to use my voice to express my views on issues in my region. Being around other young people who are passionate about fixing Indigenous issues is really inspiring and is something I love being apart of.
I enjoy travelling and having new experiences and seeing different things. Being on a small island, there is a real lack of exposure to the mainland. I want to show my peers in my community that there is more to life than what we have on the islands.
I am really passionate about exposing TSI Youth to better education and employment opportunities and accessing different health services that are available in our region. I am excited to be apart of the Governance group and really hope that my ideas and opinions add value to the project.
Monique Maclaine is a pakaka woman living in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania. She is completing a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Plant Science & Geography at the University of Tasmania. Alongside her studies, Monique works full time at the Riawunna Centre at the University of Tasmania; the Riawunna team is focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success, where they provide a culturally welcoming space for students to study, access academic and cultural support and be part of a dynamic community. Outside of work and study, she volunteers in the State Emergency Service, and gets involved in events with her local LGBTQIA+ community.
Monique is passionate about natural sciences, conservation, and caring for Country and the environment; in the future, she hopes to use her knowledge and skills from her studies to contribute to healing the environment and effects of climate change. In her spare time, Monique loves Strongman training, travelling, practicing yoga, and connecting to the natural environment by scuba diving, hiking, and basically any activity outdoors!
Monique is driven by a desire for all young mob to feel comfortable and confident expressing themselves, and for the safety and visibility of LGBTQIA+ in the health system. She hopes to contribute to the embraced diversity and authentic representation of the needs of young mob, that positively impacts the social and emotional wellbeing of our people.
My name is Elijah Calyun and my mob is from Ballardong Country in WA. I am currently a year 11 student studying a Cert II in Sport and Recreation at SEDA College WA, and I am also an employee at Kmart.
Some of my many interest are camping, sports and also learning more about my culture. I also enjoy connecting with and learning from other young people.
I stand for social justice, equality, improving the health of mob/communities and helping young people better themselves mentally and physically.