ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga IFACSS IYHS

Board of Directors

Jody Currie (Chairperson)
With an extensive career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human service delivery, Jody Currie is an advocate for improving service accessibility.
Queensland born, Jody is a Yugambeh person with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed Rivers. Since attaining her BA in International Relations and Gender Studies in her early twenties, Jody embarked on her career in human service delivery.
Jody has a particular focus in child protection and health working in a number of senior positions in both the community and government sector. She has worked for the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition.
Jody is currently employed by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. The Institute is the first of its kind in an urban setting and Jody strongly believes in its ability to play an influential role to improve health access and outcomes for Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South East Queensland.
Jody believes strongly in the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop, determine and manage their own services and their right to exist and grow as service providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Brett Shannon
I am a Ngugi descendant of the Quandamooka people and have always had a strong interest in working in Indigenous health. I completed human movements and business degrees before undertaking my Masters in Applied Epidemiology, while completing a range of projects in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Services. I am currently a medical student at the University of Queensland and look forward to contributing to the further development of ATSICHS Brisbane services. 

Pele Bennet
Pele is a descendent of the Waggadaggam People from St Paul’s Village on Moa Island in the Torres Straits. Totemic association: Kadal (Saltwater Crocodile) & Baidham (Tiger Shark). She was born and raised in Brisbane and is a proud member of the Indigenous community of Brisbane.
She has been employed within the health sector (both government and past employee of ATSICHS) for approximately 13 years. During this time she has continued to maintain a clear sense of obligation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities by developing strategies in health programs.
In various roles within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community she has continually advocated for early intervention, prevention and primary health care services and continues to support and encourage active participation.
It is not only part of her working role, but just as importantly as a Torres Strait Islander woman, mother and extended family member, it is her cultural obligation to address the priorities of her community for better health outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South East Queensland.
Pele has a Bachelor of Health Science (Aboriginal Community Development).

Renee Brown
Renee Brown is a Nunuccal woman from North Stradbroke Island with connections to Springsure in Central Queensland. Having very proudly spent her early years in Inala, Renee’s family returned to their country on Stradbroke Island where she spent the later part of her childhood.
Renee currently works for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health as a Workforce Development Project Officer. In this role Renee leads the workforce mapping of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services in South-East Queensland and helps to develop workforce training plans which support the implementation of best practice models of care.
Renee is passionate about ensuring health service delivery is inclusive of socio-cultural influences as a best practice standard.

Jon Willis (Skills-based Independent Director)
Jon is currently employed as the Academic Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. His qualifications and experience include a Bachelor of Arts A (Hons) Anthropology UNSW (1980-83), MLitt Sociology UNE (1988-89), PhD Tropical Public Health, ACITHN, UQ (1992-97).

Billy Gorham
Billy is currently a Hostel Manager with Aboriginal Hostels Limited. He has an Associate Diploma of Administration.