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Bruno Aloisi is a registered Psychologist who has worked in public mental health services for past 14 years, predominantly working in community mental health services such as the Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team (CATT) and has worked in both clinical and management roles.

In his role as the Operational Director of ACT-Wide Mental Health Services, Bruno oversees the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Services. He will be providing a general overview of these services in particular focusing on the existing partnership between ACT Health and the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and the links with the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation. 


 

Danielle Dries is a Kaurna-Meyunna woman from South Australia.  She was born in Perth and has spent most her life in Canberra.  She is a third year graduate of physiotherapy and is currently in her second year of studying medicine at ANU.  Danielle has a passion for Indigenous health, and rural and remote health which continues to grow throughout her studies.
During her undergraduate studies and as a physiotherapist Danielle has had experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from multiple communities, helping her gain insight into different aspects of health and the diverse ways it can be perceived amongst communities.  She completed placement and work in areas around NSW and Tasmania, including Sydney, Lismore, Dubbo, Orange, Sorrell (Hobart), and Coffs Harbour. 

Danielle faced many challenges throughout her physiotherapy studies, including moving away from home, having close family members pass on, and experiencing physical health issues of her own.  Now in her medical studies she is achieving academically but is also passionately involved in extracurricular activities amongst the Australian Indigenous community.  Danielle is currently mentoring a year 12 Aboriginal student in rural Queensland through the Murra Mullangari mentoring program, she is largely involved in ANU’s rural medical society (ARMS), and is also an active member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA).  Last year Danielle was the winner of the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship for medical students studying in the Indigenous stream at ANU.

Danielle believes that through improved recruitment and retainment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within health disciplines we will increase community awareness and community participation from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. By moving forward together we will see the biggest changes in health.


 

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health peak body. As a peak body IAHA provides support and advocacy on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students at the local, regional and national level; builds strong leadership capacity across the allied health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sectors; works closely with organisations, universities and other related sectors to improve health curricula; address allied health workforce issues and promote allied health careers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; provides expert advice to governments, allied health professional bodies, educational institutions and the health sector in relation to health policy and issues; develops and maintains strong networks and connections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure IAHA core objectives are meeting their needs and aspirations; works closely with the health sector and communities to improve access to allied health services.


 

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service was founded by the late Olive Brown in 1988. In Wiradjuri language, Winnunga Nimmityjah means “strong health”.

Winnunga provides comprehensive primary health care (holistic care ) to the ACT and Regions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The service not only focuses on the physical wellbeing of the clients also the emotional , social, and cultural wellbeing through clinical, social and preventative services which include GP’s,  Nurses,  midwives Aboriginal counsellors ,and a range of allied health programs and initiatives targeting healthy lifestyles and the promotion of good health practices.  Winnunga services are tailored specifically to the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The presentation will be delivered by Julie Tongs OAM and will outline Winnunga’s range of health services and programs.  Ms Tongs will provide extensive detail in relation to the comprehensive diabetic program which is run in conjunction with ACT Community health and share insights into the success of many programs delivered by Winnunga.

Participants will learn more about the operations of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and the benefits of working in this unique multidisciplinary team.