Aunty Dr Doseena Fergie is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elder descended through Wuthathi, Mabiauag Island and Ambonese ancestry. She works on Boonwurrung Country in Victoria. A proud mother of three adult children and grandmother to four, she has a PhD in nursing research. As a registered nurse and midwife she has worked as an Aboriginal health team’s clinical coordinator and lectured in Aboriginal health and culture at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Currently she is the Project Lead embedding Indigenous Knowing into ACU curricula. In 2020 Doseena became the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to be elected on the University Senate as an ACU Academic Senator. She is the founding member of several Aboriginal community services in Melbourne. In 2016 she became a Churchill Fellow and the inaugural Fellow of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Later in 2019 she was inducted into the CATSINaM Hall of Fame. She was recognised as Yarra Ranges Council’s “2017 Citizen of the Year”; inducted into the Victorian Roll of Honour for Women and in 2019 awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition for her work in community health.
Uncle David ‘Tarnda’ Copley
David is an Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk decent and is a recognised Elder of the Kaurna Nation of South Australia.
David was the 1st Aboriginal person to obtain a Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) – South Australian College of Advanced Education (Flinders University)
He was also the 3rd Aboriginal man in South Australia to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders University) and is the only male Aboriginal Registered Nurse in South Australia to hold Post Graduate qualifications in Mental Health Nursing (Flinders University). David is the only Aboriginal person in South Australia to hold all three qualifications.
David is a:
Kaurna / Peramangk Elder
Indigenous Cultural Malpas (Guide/Adviser/Tutor): Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Science
Council Member: Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (SA)
Chairperson: Indigenous Reference Group - Menzies School of Health Research - Charles Darwin University.
David’s key areas of practice & research are around Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cancer Awareness Programs, Mental Health, Substance misuse and the Social Determinants that impact on these health areas. He is also a survivor of stage 3 Colon Cancer.
Aunty Dulcie Flower
Aunty Dulcie Flower is a Meriam kosker born in Cairns whose family is from Erub (Darnley Island) Torres Strait. She trained as a nurse at the then Cairns Base Hospital which was underfunded to the extent that patients requiring specialist medical care, surgery, limb prosthetics were transferred to Brisbane. This also meant that nurses had to economise and adapt nursing procedures to provide maximum quality care at minimal cost with few basic resources. Nurses used to raise money to spend on needy patients who came from areas north of Townsville and included Torres Strait. The population included a large number of Aboriginal patients as well as people from other countries.
Nurses from this hospital had to be tough to survive. So they graduated with the Qld health standard white uniforms buttoned from hem up, brown pencil lines drawn on the back of their legs instead of stockings and brown lace-up shoes and starched veils.
The nursing profession has made great headway since those days especially around autonomy, valued input into science, politics, the culture of nursing, respect of patients cultural beliefs, education, and self-identification and respect.
Aunty Dulcie has been involved with community health for a long time and has experienced First Nation and emerging nations gatherings on research into the health of their populations as well as many expert panels on Aboriginal health at local, state and Commonwealth levels.
Aunty Dulcie has always reminded people that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Nurses have contributed to the health and well-being of Australia and internationally.
Aunty Dulcie is also a foundation member of CATSIN now CATSINaM and values the opportunity to be a member of The Council of Elders.
Aunty Kerrie Doyle
Aunty Kerrie is an ‘old school’ registered nurse, first graduating from Gosford District Hospital in 1977, and has worked in various clinical, executive, and academic positions since then, and still works clinically. The first Aboriginal nurse graduate from the University of Oxford, she is currently the inaugural Associate Dean and Professor of Indigenous health at the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University, and Academic Lead for Indigenous research at Maridjulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE), a collaborative of 14 leading research organisations across Sydney, but Aunty Kerrie considers her son graduating as an RN to be the best thing in her life! So who is Aunty Kerrie – she is a nurse, and loves it!
Aunty Dr. Lynore Geia
Dr Lynore Geia is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Palm Island, North Queensland, home to the Bwgcolman people. Her role as a health professional is interrelated with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and her professional leadership experiences over the past three decades. This has involved participating in various leadership roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health on State, Territory, Federal and International forums. Lynore has extensive practice in rural and remote health and is a strong advocate for Aboriginal community-controlled health. Lynore is committed to developing effective research and education that impacts on health praxis; in particular embedding cultural safety in Australian nursing and midwifery education. She is committed to working towards better outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health, in particular, youth and family health. Lynore is passionate about working with community to develop support strategies to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, family and community health through best practice, and more recently including and prison research/correctional services with Prof. Andrew Day, James Cook University.
Lynore has led a recent paper with over 100 Australian nursing and midwifery leaders as an action call out ‘A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders: ensuring that Black lives matter’ https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10376178.2020.1809107It is hoped the paper will be a working paper for nursing and midwifery education reform for the care of Australia’s First Nations People.
Aunty Pam Gow
Aunty Pam and her family were born and raised on the Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi country in northern NSW. The passing down of cross-generational cultural knowledge is important and continues today with Aunty Pam's grandchildren. In educational years, she was a budding sportswoman.
Aunty Pam's career started as a shop assistant in a small country town and working as a bank teller. Soon she made the big leap and moved to the big city of Sydney to commence her nursing career as an Enrolled Nurse. It was shortly after that she fell in love with nursing and progressed into becoming a Registered Nurse 1984 (RPAH) and then a Registered Midwife (TCH). Furthermore, Aunty Pam completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Child Health (CSU), and then a Post Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing Tresillian (UTS).
Aunty Pam has nursed in NSW Area Health Services in rural, regional and urban areas. She has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and carers, screening programs, parenting groups, growth and development clinics of 0-4years, immunisation clinics and the dedicated 'New Directions Teams with parents and carers and their 0-8-year old’s children'. Currently, she is a clinician with Queensland Health as a Child Youth and Family Health Nurse.
Aunty Pam places high importance on feeling culturally safe as an employee and as an Aboriginal person. She ensures that the connections she makes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait families are culturally safe. She aims to be a voice, to help build on the parents’ strengths as they journey through parenthood. She aims to impart and share her knowledge, skills and learning. She has ideas of the importance of family health and of culturally safe ways and sees an opportunity for Aboriginal Health and Culture leading the Australian population, to be another way of powerful healing.
Aunty Jane Jones
Aunty Jane Jones is a Noongar woman. She was born in York, Western Australia, and grew up in Popanyinning. Jane’s nursing career began in 1973 at the Royal Perth Hospital School of Nursing.
She completed her Nursing degree at Curtin University in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science-Nursing in 2001. Jane is focussed on looking beyond the morbidity and mortality statistics and towards understanding the scope of the social, emotional, psychological and health issues that confront her clients in the communities.
Aunty Jane Jones was inducted into the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives Hall of Fame in 2018 acknowledging her as one of those who have provided exceptional accomplishments and excellent contribution to the community as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurse and/or Midwife.
Jane is currently the Practice Manager and Registered Nurse at DYHSAC’s Mirrabooka Clinic, supporting and guiding clients and families through the health system. She has also been instrumental in supporting the Heart Health program at East Perth Clinic providing rehabilitation and ongoing support. Jane advocates for clients and their families to deliver culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.