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.
RN, BN, GradDip (Emergency), MN, Grad Cert Ed (IndigenousLeadership), CertIV TAE
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 The 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, Grad Cert Mgt
Jimi Peters is a proud Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton and is a descendant of the Briggs and Cooper Clans. Jimi has been working in Aboriginal Health at many levels for over 30 years, working at VACCHO for over 15 years in roles including Aboriginal Eye Health State-wide Coordinator, Cultural Awareness Trainer, Medicare Enhancement Officer, Corporate Services, Indigenous Health Project Officer and the Manager of Public Health and Research.
He currently works at Oxfam as their National Partnership Leader. Jimi is a strong believer in Aboriginal Community Control and believes that Aboriginal health is best achieved by Aboriginal people being empowered to address their own health needs at a local level.
Dr Justin Trounson
Dr Justin Trounson is proud Dharug man, a practicing clinical psychologist, board approved supervisor and adjunct research fellow with Swinburne University of Technology. He is also the co-founder and Director of Connected Minds Psychology and the Wellbeing and Community Programs Psychologist for the Korin Gamadji Institute and Bachar Houli Foundation at Richmond Football Club.
Justin has worked as an academic with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) and as a clinician within public and private sector roles and within the criminal justice system. He is passionate in relation to supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and understands the critical role of culture in supporting community mental health and wellbeing. He also understands the importance of self-determination and the need for culturally safe health services run by community, for community.
Dr David Gallant
Dr David Gallant is a Palawa man from the North West of Lutruwita. He is a dedicated Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. Davids’s work spans diverse areas including, family violence, Indigenous peoples, custodial environments, and sport and recreation. Through his academic endeavours, he hopes to contribute meaningfully to the improvement of physical, social, emotional, and cultural outcomes for people in our community