- Warwick Padgham, Senior Project Officer
Warwick is a Taungurung man completing his Master of Public Health. Warwick supports the next generation of Indigenous academic leadership across the University by coordinating activities, such as the Poche PhD Familiarisation program, and managing key partnerships. He also advises the University and its partners about Indigenous engagement and helps solve problems relating to Indigenous enrolment, study and completion. Warwick holds a Bachelor of Business and Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Ethics, and his experience includes positions in the State Government and Monash University.
- Lachlan Doughney, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Lachlan joined the Melbourne Poche centre at the start of 2015, previously working at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He completed his PhD in 2014 at La Trobe University, and in 2015 completed the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the project manager of an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) project that explores assessment in Indigenous health education in the health disciplines. He also co-coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership. His research explores strengths based, inclusive approaches to engaging students in learning and teaching in higher education.
- Jen de Vries, Senior Academic Fellow
Jen is an authority on leadership - particularly leadership development for women - and she is the author of Mentoring for Change, commissioned by Universities Australia Executive Women and LH Martin Institute. Her PhD examined the capacity of women's programs to contribute to organisational culture change while her current research is about sponsorship practices in Higher Education and how they impact people's careers. She is an academic specialist in MDHS and is responsible for the Faculty Mentoring Program. Jen is also an independent consultant for leadership development, gender strategy, mentoring and sponsorship. You can read her full biography or contact her about consultancy work at her website: jendevries.com/
- Tess Ryan, Visiting Graduate Research Fellow
Tess is a Biripi woman from Taree, NSW. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. (Hons) majoring in Communications and Media Studies and she is now a PhD candidate, her thesis focusing on Indigenous women and leadership in Australia. Tess was awarded the University of Canberra Medal for her honors thesis, ‘The push/pull indicators of Indigenous political engagement’, and she has received various awards, including the Charles Perkins scholarship, the Lorna May scholarship and the ABC Indigenous Media scholarship. Tess has worked in social for at risk justice work children and young people, and she is now supporting Indigenous students at Trinity College.
- Todd Fernando, PhD candidate
Todd is completing his thesis in medical anthropology with the Centre for Health Equity and the Melbourne Poche Centre. He is interested in queer theory, health policy, racial literacy, whiteness studies, and indigenous global politics. Todd is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Graduate Students Association and he teaches Faculty of Arts subjects. He also collaborates with the University of Melbourne Chancellery to advance tertiary curriculum, research, and policy.
- Levi McKenzie-Kirkbright, Project Officer
Levi is Wiradjuri through his father and Worrimi & Biripi through his mother. He grew up in Sydney then, during high school, went to The Armidale School in rural NSW. Levi attended Trinity College and graduated from the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne in 2014, majoring in Neuroscience. He has various support roles in the Centre, including web site design, event organisation and research assistance.
Members of the Strategic Advisory Committee
- Professor Sandra Eades
Domain Head (Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities)
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
- Uncle Kevin Coombs OAM
Former Captain of the Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team
- Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid
Tumuaki & Head of Department of Maori Health
University of Aukland
- Professor Fiona Stanley AC
School of Paediatrics and Child Health
University of Western Australia