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
Selwyn Button (Deputy Chairperson)
Selwyn has held the QAIHC CEO position since July 2010. He commenced with QAIHC in December 2009 as General Manager, Sector Development. Prior to this appointment, Selwyn was the Director, Indigenous Health Policy Branch within Queensland Health.
Selwyn also has worked in a variety of government policy development roles within the Department of Education and Training. He is a qualified teacher and has also served as a Police Officer with the Queensland Police Service for approximately 6 years.
His main priority is the achievement of ‘an empowered and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector in Queensland’. Selwyn has a Bachelor of Teaching degree.
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.
Ron’s Australian bloodlines lead to Murray (Mer) Island the most eastern island in the Torres Straits and the Goreng Goreng from the Bundaberg-Gladstone region. A hand written message from his grandmother mentions the “Kabi Kabi People from Bauple Mountain”. For the past 20 years Ron has worked for Aboriginal social justice, access and equity, 3 years in non-government and 17 years in government. More than ten of those years as the Hospital Liaison Officer at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and for the past two years as the Cluster Coordinator (Indigenous Mental Health) from the Brisbane River to the Caboolture River. Ron has diplomas in Business (Frontline Management), Community Development and is currently studying a Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. Ron also brings Certificates in Government, Training and Assessment, Mental Health and Mentoring.
Sally has experience across a range of services within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. She is currently the CEO of the Black Community Housing Service.
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 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.