CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Dr Michelle Dickson, Academic Program Director, University of Sydney

Harvard Kennedy School

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Dr Michelle Dickson is a Darkinjung/Ngarigo (Aboriginal, NSW) academic in the Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. She lives and works on Gadigal land and commenced at the University in 2010. Dr Dickson has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service delivery and health professions education for 25 years.

She is Academic Program Director of the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and provides leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing within, and external to, her Institution and the Public Health sector. In 2016 the Council of Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) awarded her with recognition of her contribution to the Public Health profession.

As Chief Investigator on several state, national and international research collaborations, Dr Dickson focuses on privileging Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing in health service delivery, health professions education and capacity building to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Committed to mentoring and supporting future leaders, Dr Dickson provides strategic and cultural support to students and colleagues in across government, non-government and community-controlled sectors.

Dr Dickson is a board member of the Far West Local Health District and the Australian Health Promotion Association and inaugural chair of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Cultural Reference Group. She has held numerous elected and nominated roles on committees that have strategic intent to develop the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and First Nations Peoples, globally.

CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Dr Leanne Holt – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Macquarie University

Harvard Kennedy School

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Dr Leanne Holt is a Worimi woman with further connections to Biripai country and has over twenty years of experience in the higher education sector. Dr Holt is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) and Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. She is President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and serves on a range of community and professional local, national and international boards, committees and government expert panels, focusing on the advancement of Indigenous higher education.

Dr Holt was previously at the University of Newcastle as co-Director of the Wollotuka Institute where she led Wollotuka being the first in Australia to achieve international accreditation through the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and is the current Deputy co-Chair of this organisation. Dr Holt holds postgraduate qualifications in business management and a PhD (Education) which traced the development of Aboriginal education policy in Australia through the voices of the National Aboriginal Education Committee (NAEC). In 2019, she was a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards recognising her passion and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and inspiring other upcoming leaders in this space.

CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Kristy Masella CEO, Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Harvard Kennedy School

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Kristy Masella has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO of the largest and most successful Indigenous recruitment and group training company in Australia, AES, which empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development.  Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac and was awarded one of the Top 10 Category winners as Diversity Winner.

She studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy also holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights and was nominated for the Law and Justice Foundation Aboriginal Justice Award.

Kristy spends her personal time supporting Aboriginal community boards such as Tranby National Indigenous Education and Training as Chairperson and Wunanbiri Aboriginal Preschool as Treasurer. She is a proud Murri and part of the inner Sydney and Central Queensland Aboriginal communities.

Bonnie Bozeman 2020 winner

Lisa Vilé

2020 Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship

Lisa Vilé – Senior Nursing Officer, Western Australian Department of Health

Master of Healthcare Leadership at Southern Cross University

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Lisa is a Senior Nursing Officer within the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office in the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health and brings over 20 years of nursing experience to this role.  

Throughout her career, Lisa has held senior nursing positions in Australia and the United Kingdom, expanding across clinical, education and corporate positions. The majority of these roles were within the critical care environment, an area of nursing which remains her first passion.

Having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in Melbourne, Lisa went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing through Curtin University, WA. She has since undertaken further studies in project and corporate management and is keen to commence further education to support her current role and further build on her leadership skills.

As a trustee for the WA Nursing Memorial Charitable Trust, Lisa values the opportunity to support nurses and midwives wishing to undertake projects that enhance the quality of nursing/midwifery practice, management, education and research.

With a keen interest in policy development and reform, Lisa is a strong advocate for the development and recognition of the nursing and midwifery professions. She aspires to be in a position where she can lead meaningful change, enabling the growth and recognition of the professions and the delivery of high-quality and sustainable models of care.