Inspiring Ideas Forum - Speakers

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Inspiring Ideas Forum - Speakers

Professor Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena is a social worker with a PhD and Chair for Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne. Prof. Arabena has an extensive background in sexual health, reproductive health, public health, remote area health service administration and community development with current research projects across sexual and reproductive health, health equity, community engagement and health service reform. She has managed projects receiving a total of $34M funding. Her outputs include: 28 consultancy reports for non-government, government and international agencies; 14 submissions to State and Federal Governments; 4 Research Discussion Papers; 7 manuals.

Prof. Arabena is a Torres Strait Islander and is an internationally recognised consultant in sexual and reproductive health policy, administration and community development. Her contributions have been recognised by her selection as Australian of the Year Finalist, 2010, recipient of the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence, ANU, 2011, and nomination in the ‘Smart 100’ Australians, Health and Medical Research Category, Bulletin Magazine, 2004. Her roles influencing policy/practice include: 9 Ministerial appointments; Chair of 1 international, 5 national, and 2 state committees/working groups; Proxy for Principal, AIATSIS at 8 national committees; Member of 3 current boards, working groups and committees; Director of 7 Aboriginal Corporation Boards of Management; Consultant for 52 organisations. She has given over 500 radio, television and print media interviews, 38 keynote and plenary national and international addresses and has been Chair of 13 national conferences.



Dr Linny Phuong

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong is a Basic Paediatric Trainee working at Monash Children's and the Royal Children's Hospital.

She is the Founder and Chair of The Water Well Project (www.thewaterwellproject.org), a not-for-profit organisation, made up of approximately 200 volunteer doctors, allied health professionals and final year medical students. The aim of the organisation is to improve the health of migrants and refugees by improving their health literacy, thus hoping to empower individuals and their families to more effectively engage with the Australian healthcare system. In its first big year, The Water Well Project delivered 50 sessions throughout Melbourne in 2013.



Realising Education & Access in Collaborative Health (REACH)

REACH is a student-driven health initiative that promotes social change.

By engaging with the community and with organisations that are dedicated to leading social change, we develop initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. We drive change through innovation and collaboration, building genuine and lasting relationships amongst ourselves and with the community. We provide a unique educational experience outside the academic curriculum, which equips students with the skills and knowledge to be change agents in our global society. Our aim is to have fun as we work collaboratively across disciplines.