3rd August 2020
At the heart of Aboriginal health, community voice must lead the way.
The health and wellbeing interests of Aboriginal people has always been, and will continue to be, our primary focus.
To meet those needs First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing (FPHW) have gone through significant change with a genuine aim to be Aboriginal community led. We plan to achieve this by:
undertaking a complete review of our organisation’s operational frameworks and clinical and strategic governance structures.
reviewing our staffing to ensure Aboriginal leadership is at the forefront of decision making and strategic direction.
CEO of FPHW, Karinda Taylor, states “it’s with great pleasure that we introduce our new Chairperson, Ms. Sue-Anne Hunter, Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman. Sue-Anne’s commitment to self-determination and advocating for the rights of all First Nations peoples’ best places her to lead our Board of Directors into the future. I have no doubt Sue-Anne will achieve this with her demonstrated progressive community engagement and relentless positivity.”
Working together Sue-Anne and Karinda will strongly support the reform efforts to make FPHW more culturally safe, responsive, inclusive, and effective to deal with the systemic challenges and impacts of racism and cultural appropriation.
Sue-Anne adds, “new thinking will be needed if we are to achieve our vision encapsulated in our revised business plan. We strive to embed a cultural lens across a westernised model of care. Revitalising our business plan and model of care is not just about the mechanics of how we work together. It’s about renewing our commitment to our values. This strategy, in its simplicity, aims to enable self-determination and empower all First Peoples’.”
FPHW would like to welcome some new members to the team;
Kalina Morgan-Whyman, a proud Yorta Yorta woman with a bachelors degree in commerce with majors in accounting, management and human resources, joins FPHW as the Corporate Services Manager and currently Acting Chief Operating Officer.
Moreen Lyons, a Jaadwa woman from Wotjobaluk nations joins the team and has been tasked with developing a workforce development plan for the organisation. Given the current impacts of COVID-19, Moreen’s major focus is around staff health and broader wellbeing.
Izzy Howard commences on 17th August 2020 as the Site Manager for the Frankston Clinic. Izzy is a Jaadwa woman, a division one registered nurse with a master’s in health administration. Izzy brings an enormous amount of knowledge, compassion and empathy as an Aboriginal woman.
Karinda would also like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and strong work ethic of Stevie-lee Ryan, Taungurung woman, Aboriginal Health Practitioner, who continues to lead the Thomastown clinic as Site Manager. “Stevie-Lee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to FPHW and has been a genuine support to onboarding new staff members in recent weeks”, says CEO, Mrs Taylor.
In an increasingly uncertain environment, it is more important than ever that we remember the core principles on which FPHW was established:
the voice of Aboriginal peoples’ is vital
we are all equal
self-determination is essential
we strive to deliver culturally safe care
we must consistently hold ourselves to account for our actions
While our achievements to date can be acknowledged, we have much more to do”, says CEO, Mrs Taylor and adds “It’s alarming that in this modern day we have to recommit ourselves to self-determination and holding Aboriginal leadership with the upmost respect. I for one will not celebrate these achievements while we continue to experience a lack of the most basic interactions with humility”.
While the tasks and current demands remain extensive, we will continue to operate in these challenging times to support the communities we care for. We will however step back from the chaos and create space for ourselves
as a united team. It will be in this space that we will reflect on and encourage a strong collective Aboriginal voice to drive unyielding respect and kindness in the face of isolation, protectionism and prejudice.
FPHW Chair, Ms. Hunter states, “I stand with our CEO and encourage her to be ambitious in order to drive positive change for Aboriginal health”. Ms. Hunter continues, “I am extremely proud of the staunch Aboriginal leadership displayed by the team at FPHW over the past few weeks and we will continue to work towards the most culturally appropriate health services with the community.
We can assure you all, FPHW remains committed to continuing to do our part to close the gap on Aboriginal health and wellbeing and we will do this with unwavering cultural respect.
For further media information contact: Karinda Taylor, CEO,
firstname.lastname@example.org 0477 622 210 or
Sue-Anne Hunter, Chair, First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing