Board of Directors
Colleen Kelly is a Nhunnagadi Wilunyu woman from the Yamatji nation of Western Australia. She is a Lecturer in the Gukwonderuk Indigenous unit of Monash University, Melbourne working in the area of Indigenous health equity. Colleen is a Registered Nurse with post graduate and masters qualifications in emergency nursing, Indigenous health and Indigenous leadership. Colleen is particularly interested in influencing the Australian health system so the perspectives of Indigenous Australians can be privileged. She is a current PhD student exploring the experiences of Indigenous health students through story. Colleen joined the board of FPHW in 2019. She is humbled by the opportunity to work with an amazing team of Indigenous peoples committed to the common goal of providing exemplary, culturally appropriate health care for community.
Aunty Lorraine Parsons
Aunty Lorraine is an Aboriginal woman who identifies with her mother's Alyawarr country and brings together her Aboriginal identity and her extensive experience in health. Aunty Lorraine has worked in clinical social work, management and executive roles in acute, community, government and Aboriginal health.
Aunty Lorraine is currently a sessional academic lecturer and tutor in Social Work at University of Melbourne
Board Director of cohealth and Chair of cohealth community Advisory committee
Member of the Australian Institute of Family Studies Ethics Committee
BA, BSW, GradCertMgt
Badimia & Yamatji
Darren Clinch is a Badimia man from Yamatji country in the mid-west of Western Australia, and is currently the Data Analytics Coordinator for the Indigenous Data Network, University of Melbourne. Prior to this Darren worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, in a variety of roles which included several years as the program coordinator for the Improving Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients (ICAP) program. This role involved engaging with all levels of the Tertiary Care sector across Victoria to improve the cultural safety, and appropriateness of services to Aboriginal Victorians accessing hospitals and health services.
Darren completed a Masters in Public Health through Deakin University and has also studied statistical programming through the Centre for Big Data Research, UniNSW. In Darren’s most recent role at DHHS, before moving to UniMelb, he was seconded into the System Intelligence and Analytics branch to provide Business Intelligence and Geospsatial support to a wide range of programs such as the Social Landlord Project, Community Service Investment, Safe Scripts program, and the North Richmond Health’s Medically Supervised Injecting Room. While is this role Darren contributed to the development of an Indigenous status algorithm to improve identification in linked data which required working with the Victorian Social Investment and Integrated Data Resource using tools such as SQL, R, Python and ArcGIS.
Darren’s current role as Data Analytics Coordinator with the Indigenous Data Network is primarily, but not limited to, providing digital, technical and data collection, management, and analytics related solutions for the NIAA funded ‘Community Data Project’.
Ngarrindjeri & Wergaia
My background is in Health Science and Public Health. I have experience in 10 years in Local & State government Health policy and community engagement work. Previous Director of Aboriginal Health at Monash Health & current Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health at Central West Hospital and Health Service based in rural and remote Queensland.
I have been a patient at FPHW since the Frankston site first opened and am very passionate about community controlled health in our communities that reflect the need of our communities and believe FPHW does an impeccable job meeting that community need, and feel very honoured I can sit on the board of the health service to contribute to the work it does”
Samantha Paxton is a Waywurru woman, born and raised on Boon Wurrung Country. She is currently part of Weenthunga Health Networks Leadership Team, in the role of Durrong Ngulu (a Woiwurrung term, meaning ‘join voices’). Weenthunga is a First Nations-led, state-wide organisation contributing to health equity and justice in many ways. Prior to working at Weenthunga, Sam spent time on Weenthunga’s Committee of Management. She’s undertaken work in social and emotional wellbeing across many organisations in roles as employee, advisor and consultant. This includes five years employed at VACCHO, co-creating the headspace Yarn Safe campaign, and establishing health service partnerships for an Aboriginal Early Years Centre. She is an active Member of the Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA) and currently sit on the Canada and Australia Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Youth Committee.
Sam’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University, Certificate IV in Workplace and Business Coaching, Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership and a National Mediation Accreditation Certificate. She brings a passion for Aboriginal holistic social and emotional wellbeing, drive to contribute to better health access and outcomes for mob, critical consciousness, relationships/connections in health, and love of culture and community.
BA (Psych), BBus (Mgt)