Professor Shaun Ewen, Director
Professor Ewen is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at the University of Melbourne and Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In his role as PVC Professor Ewen has responsibility for institutional policy, strategy and advice in relation to all aspects of Indigenous higher education.
As Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre he provides academic leadership to the Centre and maintains a strong sense of Indigenous leadership in the health and higher education sectors. Professor Ewen held the position of Associate Dean (Indigenous Development) from its inception in 2010 until his appointment to Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2017. In this role he was charged with progressing the Indigenous development agenda, in concert with the Reconciliation Action Plan, for the Faculty. He also provides the academic and Indigenous leadership for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) project, a bi-national project of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Ewen has a clinical background in physiotherapy and holds postgraduate qualifications in international relations and education. His area of research expertise relates to Indigenous health and health professional education.
Warwick Padgham, Manager Indigenous Student Programs
Warwick (Taungurung), is the Manager Indigenous Student Programs at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and is responsible for the recruitment and support of Indigenous PhD students within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Further this to this, Warwick provides advice regarding Indigenous graduate development across the University and its partners, as well as working on projects and activities specific to Indigenous doctoral advancement nationally and globally.
Prior to his current role, Warwick was Project Officer for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, predominantly working on the LIME Connection conferences.
Jennifer Johnston, Centre Manager and EA to Director
Jenn Johnston oversees the administration for the Melbourne Poche Centre and provides executive support to the Director, Professor Shaun Ewen. Jenn has worked at the University of Melbourne for over 20 years in various centres and departments including the Department of Microbiology, and the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
Péta Phelan, Manager Alumni Development
Péta holds the position of Manager of Alumni Development with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. An allied health professional (Rehabilitation Counsellor), she has a key interest in trauma and psychological injury, and clinical and educational expertise in social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) particularly in the context of Indigenous health.
Previously she has worked as an academic (lecturer and clinical supervisor) at Flinders University, working in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit (DCIU) within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and served on the national board of the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA). Born in East Melbourne, Péta has family connections to the Riverina region of New South Wales.
Members of the Strategic Advisory Committee
- Professor Glenn Bowes
Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee, Associate Dean (Advancement) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne
- Uncle Kevin Coombs OAM
Wotjobaluk Elder and cultural advisor
- Professor Papaarangi Reid
Tumuaki and Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
University of Aukland
- Professor Fiona Stanley AC
Founding Director and Patron, Telethon Kids Institute
- Reg Richardson AM
Co-founder of Poche Indigenous Health Network