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 Indigenous Health Strategy Group (IHSG) 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 IHSG's advice includes:
embedding cultural competency in pharmacy education
ensuring Indigenous attributes are valued and respected across all areas
Faye is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. She is a pharmacist with leadership and expertise in education.
She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Health at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Faculty of Health. She is also one of two Deputy National Rural Health Commissioners, where she plays a vital role in the Federal Government's agenda to increase access to rural health services.
A founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Faye was recently appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recognition of her significant service to Indigenous mental health and to tertiary education.
In 2021 Professor McMillan was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, recognised for her significant service to Indigenous mental health, and to tertiary education.
Faye was named PSA's Pharmacist of the Year 2022, the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year and is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity. She was the inaugural President of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and is one of our APC Board Directors.
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.
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.
Aleena also sits on our RAP Working Group.
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.