Justin Mohamed is a Gooreng Gooreng man who has spent most of his carer working to develop Indigenous health, and the sports health sector. His drive comes from the need to improve the outcomes and connections to culture for Aboriginal peoples. Justin’s key stills lie in community engagement and development, strategic planning, and health promotion and equity.
Justin began his career within the health sector as a youth worker for the Rumbalara Aboriginal co-operative, working his way to health services manager, CEO and Chairperson. From this, he went onto become a leader in Reconciliation through his role as CEO of Reconciliation Australia, co-founder of Equity Health Solutions, and now the Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People. His career is made possible through his close community engagement, with many recognising him as an advocate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Justin’s education is pivotal in understanding his key skills. Much of this revolved around understanding community and social health services. This, tied with his Business Management, Diplomacy, and Aboriginal leadership training, makes Justin a valued member of the Equity Health Solutions team. He is key to understanding various issues and delivering of strategic plans to increase structural equity. His leadership roles provide this platform to understand equity issues and provide strategic direction. He played an instrumental role in the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, and Close the Cap National Steering.
Justin’s extensive experience on committees and boards exemplifies Justin’s drive, effective communication skills, and perceived value. He has a working understanding of how national and regional, Government and corporate systems can engage with communities to provide better equity and access to health, social, and education systems. His drive is unparalleled, understanding that his skills are best utilised in positions of leadership where he can provide direction and innovation within ethical frameworks.
Much of Justin’s works revolves around his belief in the empowerment and self-determination of Indigenous peoples and communities. Developing self-worth through the engagement in an individual’s cultural heritage and how that can provide value to the broader Australian community. He aims to hear the voices and stories behind statistics, digging further into the systems to understand the structural issues that Indigenous peoples and young people face. Justin understands that there is the need for systems that genuinely care for young people.
Janine Mohamed is a Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia whose principals lie in health equity and justice, working towards health systems that are culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, health professionals, and employees. She began her career as a paediatric registered nurse but moved towards research, evaluation, and development of the health sector. Early in her career she also became involved in professional development, workforce development and academia, which became pivotal to her later work.
A move into community-based services for Aboriginal Australians in the late 1990s took Janine into a long period of involvement with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath sector at a service, jurisdictional and national level. She specialised in workforce development and public health projects that enhanced the capacity of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath sector to deliver health promotion, prevention and early intervention programs across different areas of health.
She has undertaken many high-profile activities at a national level in this role, including addresses to the National Press Club, multiple plenary presentations at conferences in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and nursing and midwifery, invited presentations at Parliament House, and Chairperson of the National Health Leadership Forum. Janine has also represented NACCHO and spoken at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Examples of evaluation, needs analysis, or scoping projects Janine has commissioned or managed include:
- 2014 – 2015: Mid-term evaluation of the CATSINaM five-year Strategic Plan, CATSINaM
- 2012 – 2013: Needs analysis/Scoping study on Governance support in the ACCH sector and Facilitation and Evaluation of the Governance Member and Support Initiative, NACCHO
- 2011 – 2013: Evaluation of the National Ear and Hearing Accredited Training for the Aboriginal Health Worker Workforce Project, NACCHO
- 2011: Organisational review and evaluation framework, NACCHO
- 2004 – 2005: Indigenous Health Research Scoping Study, AHCSA
It is through this evaluation work at AHCSA, NACCHO and CATSINaM, as well as strategic and business planning, event management and facilitation, workforce development, training and policy work that Janine has built a strong base of skills to draw from.
Steve Jones, AM
Steve Jones is a proud Yorta Yorta aboriginal man and is passionate about giving back to his people. He assumed the role of CEO Equity Health Solutions (EHS) in July 2020 and is passionate about working with communities to find solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues and enhancing the capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to reduce the health burden for communities in challenging and remote environments. He is focussed on providing innovative solutions and access to additional capabilities to provide the tangible change required for the provision of health services on-country.
Prior to joining EHS, Steve has held senior positions in the private and public sectors in business development, contract management and project management.
Steve is a proud veteran of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He had a distinguished career spanning 31 years in the ADF, achieving the rank of Colonel. During his service he built a strong reputation as an outstanding leader and an expert in the fields of security, logistics and human resource management. In January 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Member of the Military Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding performance.