We're committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes. And we're committed to having those outcomes informed and influenced by those who are best placed to do so. We're partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples to ensure their voice is leading our work.

The Improving Indigenous Health Strategy Expert Advisory Group (IIHS EAG) will advise us on all decisions and solutions relating to our strategy. 

Our high-level objectives are to:

  • provide a culturally safe pharmacist workforce for all Indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand
  • provide a culturally safe pharmacist workforce for all Australians and New Zealanders
  • influence and show leadership in the pharmacy sector in achieving health equity
  • achieve greater access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori to culturally safe services
  • achieve increased participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori people in the health and education workforce with an overarching aim to achieve parity
  • collaborate with others to contribute to the evidence base on the benefits of a culturally safe workforce

To action this the IIHS EAG's advice includes:

  • embedding cultural competency in pharmacy education
  • ensuring Indigenous attributes are valued and respected across all areas
  • implementing frequency and reporting tools

Please see our Strategic Priorities for further deliverables that we are committed to.

You can also read how we are planning our Reconciliation Action Plan

IIHS EAG Members

Associate Professor Faye McMillan

Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University, Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Faye is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. She is a pharmacist with leadership and expertise in education.

Faye was named the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. She was the inaugural President of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). Faye is also one of our APC Board Directors. 

John Briggs

John is a member of the Yorta Yorta and Gunnai nations in south eastern Australia. He brings experience in teaching cultural safety through workshops, presentations and keynote speaking.

He provides expertise, consultancy and solutions around Indigenous engagement and inclusion. 

Leanne Te Karu 

Pharmacist and Pharmacist Prescriber, Auckland New Zealand

Leanne was born near her ancestral mountain of Ruapehu where she affiliates to her Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi side.

As well as providing care as a pharmacist prescriber in her communities, Leanne works part time as Associate Dean Māori at Otago University’s School of Pharmacy. She brings expertise in leadership and experience in practice and education.

Leanne was the inaugural President of Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa, the Māori Pharmacists’ Association (MPA) in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Aleena Williams

Director of Immunisations and Notifiable Diseases at NT Health

Aleena is a Yugambeh woman from South-East Queensland. She is a registered pharmacist with a background in rural and remote pharmacy practice. Aleena brings a lived experience of working as a pharmacist while maintaining connections to community and country.

Chastina Heck

Clinical pharmacist, Logan Hospital, Brisbane and Conjoint Associate Lecturer, University of Queensland 

Chastina is a Nywaigi, Mamu, Bidjara woman. She is currently working as a clinical pharmacist at the Logan Hospital in Brisbane and is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.

She is passionate about sharing her stories of knowing, being and doing pharmacy and healthcare business, especially in regard to the health and wellbeing of Australia's First Peoples.

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