Keynote Speakers

Mr Justin Mohamed

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Justin Mohamed is a Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland, who moved to Shepparton, Victoria in 1988.

Justin works for the University of Melbourne as the Director of its Goulburn Valley Partnerships and Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE). His role encompasses a wide range of partnerships, with a major focus being placed on the University’s prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships. ASHE – a Rumbalara Football Netball Club and University of Melbourne initiative – is one of these and aims to develop education and employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

His ability to achieve in his positions has primarily been due to his broad involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and organizations for close to 20 years.

Justin was re-elected to the position of Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and he continues to stand as a member of the Indigenous Health Equity Campaign Steering Committee (Close the Gap Campaign) and Co-Chair of the National Health Leadership Forum.

Throughout his work Justin has maintained a strong link to leading local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations including Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd (where he previously held the role of CEO and Chairperson), the Koori Resource and Information Centre (KRIC) and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

Lisa Briggs

Chief Executive Officer
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ms. Briggs is a Gunditjmara Aboriginal woman from the Western District of Victoria and an Aboriginal Health Worker by trade. She has worked in the field of Aboriginal health for the last 25 years predominantly within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector.
During her time at Oxfam Australia, Ms. Briggs experience extended to being part of the National Coalition for the Close the Gap Campaign which looks at health equality and extending the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
Ms. Briggs is at the final stages of completing her Masters in Public Health through the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University. Recently has held the Public Health and Research Unit Manager position at VACCHO where her main focus is identifying the impacts of government’s Closing the Gap initiatives.

Professor Ngiare Brown

Public Health Medical Officer
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Dr Ngiare Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW and is passionate about Indigenous health and social justice.

Ngiare was one of the first Aboriginal medical gradates in Australia. She completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle in 1992 and graduated with a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from JCU in 2000.

She was foundation chief executive officer with the Aboriginal Indigenous Doctors Association

Ngiare has also held other positions as an Associate Professor and Director of the Poche Centre of Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney, and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General practitioners. She has been Indigenous Health Adviser to the AMA and Manager of Preventative Indigenous Health Programs for World Vision Australia. She was the Assistant Director at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, where she developed a program around child health and human rights within the child health division

In 2005 she was named the AMA's Woman in Medicine for her contributions to the profession. She is committed to early childhood and adolescent wellbeing and has worked over the past two decades to develop an extensive international network in indigenous health.

Ngiare has made extensive contributions in research process, bioethics, policy, translation and practice within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

Matthew Cooke

Deputy Chairperson
National Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation

He was previously the CEO of Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation Incorporated in Gladstone. He was elected to the NACCHO Board in 2010. Matthew is a proud Aboriginal and South Sea Islander from the Bailai people in Gladstone. In 2007 he was named Young Leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and in 2008 received the Deadly Vibe Young Australian of the Year award. Matthew is currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Health – Health Service Management.