Board of Directors
This page is under review and will be updated with biographies for each of the current Board of Directors as listed below:
Selwyn Button (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.
Raymond Brunker has a career background in education and human services. He is currently a Project Manager at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and his work spans across the access and improvement of healthcare within the homelessness and aged care sector and understanding the social health determinants of this population.
Prior to completing his Bachelor of Education, Primary and Bachelor of Human Services in Child and Family Studies, Raymond worked in the Federal Government in policy development of school based strategies in improving educational rates and attainment for Indigenous young people. Raymond also worked in the employment sector, specifically in determining the social policy and human services context of unemployment.
Overall, Raymond is interested in the whole person in health contexts and providing a social justice response to health inequalities.
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.
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).