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.
Jenn Johnston, Executive Assistant to the 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.
Tess Ryan, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Tess Ryan is a Biripi woman from Taree, NSW. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. (Hons) majoring in Communications and Media Studies, and submitted her PhD in September 2017, 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.
Tess joins the Melbourne Poche Centre as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and will lead significant aspects of the Poche Leadership Fellows Program.