Director, First Peoples Health Unit
Professor Indigenous Health and Workforce Development
Professor Roianne West was recently appointed as Griffith University's Inaugural Professor of First Peoples Health. Professor West has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous Health where she commenced as a health worker in an Aboriginal community controlled health service prior to completing a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Mental Health Nursing and then onto a PhD. Roiannes role at Griffith entails providing high level strategic leadership in First Peoples Health through the establishment and leadership of Griffith Health's First Peoples Health Unit.
Roianne is the daughter of a life-long health worker and advocate and the granddaughter of a long line of healers. There are four generations of nursing in Professor Wests family. Roiannes people are the Kalkadoon, Desert People, from far north west of Queensland.
Roiannes expertise is in health workforce development including the recruitment, education and training of Indigenous peoples into the health professions; and building the cultural capability of the wider health workforce.
Roianne strongly believes pathways to health programs in higher education are critical to building a more highly skilled and highly educated Indigenous Australia. She is committed to ensuring that Indigenous people who have the ability to and aspire to study at university get the opportunity to do so.
Research Support Officer, First Peoples Health Unit
Teleah Lindenberg is an Aboriginal woman from the Maiawali Karuwali people. She was born in Toowoomba and raised in many different places across Queensland. After completing her High School Certificate, Teleah completed an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts. She then became the Indigenous Liaison Officer at Merrimac State High School. In 2010 she took on the role as the Indigenous Liaison and Promotions Officer at the School of Medicine, Griffith University. She was in this role for 5 years before taking the opportunity to work with Professor Roianne West as Research Assistant for the Director of the First Peoples Health Unit.
Research Assistant, First Peoples Health Unit
I am an Aboriginal and ASSI woman, born and raised in Mackay QLD. After completing Year 12, I completed a Bachelor of Nursing with QUT, a Masters of Nursing with UQ and am aspiring to complete my PhD. I have held various nursing positions in Brisbane, Melbourne, Mackay and Hervey Bay before recently moving to the Gold Coast with my husband and 14 year old step-daughter. I now currently work as a Registered Nurse at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Student Facilitator in Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Research Assistant with the First People's Health Unit at Griffith University.
Lecturer, First Peoples Health Unit
Ronell Wilson is an Aboriginal woman with ancestral connections to the Bidjara peoples from Central Western Queensland. Ronell has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous Health where she started her journey as a health worker and then became the Indigenous Child Health Coordinator within the Children’s Health Service, Brisbane. Ronell has extensive experience and involved with the cultural practice program design and delivery within Queensland Health for many years.
Ronell is currently the Lecturer for First Peoples Health at Griffith University and a Director for the National Indigenous Corporation for FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Education Network (NICFASEN). Ronell’s expertise is in Indigenous Health education and training, to provide pathways for Indigenous Health Workers to work within child health. Ronell has worked within Aboriginal communities throughout Queensland and is passionate about educating students on Indigenous Health and to raise awareness of the impacts of alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) in Aboriginal communities.
Lecturer Midwifery, First Peoples Health Unit
Tania was born in Christchurch, New Zealand/Aotearoa. When she was five she moved to the North Island where she spent most of her adult life. She worked in New Zealand/Aotearoa as a private practice midwife in a rural area and later as an academic, teaching undergraduate midwifery students. During this time, Tania became acutely aware of the needs of Māori students (poor academic success, high attrition). Tania co-ordinated a research project to investigate students’ engagement in the program and devised learning and teaching strategies to better meet students’ needs. She also wrote and convened the Cultural Frameworks course in the BMid and taught across all aspects of cultural awareness and safety, which was embedded throughout the curriculum. Tania moved to Queensland in January 2013 to take up a Lecturer position in the Bachelor of Midwifery at Griffith University and more recently as the Program Director. Tania has recently accepted a secondment position as Lecturer Midwifery, First Peoples Health, the aim of this innovative role is to transform the educational experiences and strengthen achievement and completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Bachelor of Midwifery program.