Meet The team

CEO

Karl Briscoe

CEO

Karl Briscoe is a proud Kuku Yalanji man from Mossman – Daintree area of Far North Queensland and has worked for over 15 years in the health sector at various levels of government and non-government including local, state and national levels which has enabled him to form a vast strategic network across Australia.

Karl has taken up the position as the Chief Executive Officer of NATSIHWA to progress and represent the invested interests of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.

Previous to NATSIHWA Karl was the Clinical Services Manager at the Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour. He has a vast array of experience at Senior Executive levels including previous positions as the Executive Director of Indigenous Health and Outreach Services in Cape York and Torres Strait Hospital and Health Service, which provided the skills and knowledge to coordinate strategic intent to address the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 Karl commenced his career in health when he completed an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker traineeship with Queensland Health in Mossman Community Health where he progressed to the Senior Health Worker role, Principal Policy along with Partnership Management positions.  He completed the Primary Health Care training up to the Advanced Diploma and then went on to complete a Masters of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Diploma in Practice Management and more recently completed the MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class Program.

 Karl’s vision for his people is to see dramatic improvement in the premature mortality rates of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in communities but the entire nation, ensuring the life expectancy rates of our people are equivalent or better than that of non-Indigenous Australians.

 

THE TEAM

 

 

 

Renae Kilmister

Media/Membership Officer

Renae has been a part of the NATSIHWA Team since April 2016. Renae’s passion is for people and enjoys building relationships and communicating with members and stakeholders. Being the Media/Membership Officer means she is able to travel to regional forums and conferences to communicate face to face, as well as interact via social media with members and affiliated organisations.

Renae uses her skills as a professional freelance photographer to capture Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners in a series of powerful images which have been used for social media and also a nationally recognised exhibition called “Unsung Heroes” which was featured on NITV News and The Point.

Renae came to NATSIHWA from Diabetes ACT where she began her journey in the not-for-profit health sector as the Fundraising Coordinator, which then led to a position as Health Administrator. She is now able to combine all of those skills in her role at NATSIHWA and is thoroughly enjoying working with such an incredible team.

 

Jacqui Weston

Senior Admin Officer

Jacqui started work at NATSIHWA as Admin Officer in September 2016 and is now the Senior Admin officer as of January 2017. Jacqui is of Torres Strait Island decent, her mother was born and raised on Murray Island or Mer in the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait.

Born and raised in Perth, Jacqui’s background is in the performing arts. She trained and worked as a dancer in Sydney before moving to Canberra to raise her children.

Jacqui has always wanted to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and feels she has found a workplace that not only offers the cultural engagement but also the opportunity to be a part of something so important that is making a difference to Indigenous health. 

Jacqui looks forward to engaging with our members and assisting them whenever possible.

 

John Little

Finance Manager

John grew up in the bush near Grenfell (Wiradjuri Country), NSW during the 50's and 60's. He moved to Canberra to continue his education at the Australian National University where he obtained an Economics degree with an Accounting Major. John is also a registered company auditor. John's life experience includes time in Audit, Evaluation and Financial Management in both the Public and Private sectors. John worked in a credit union, the Parliamentary Library, a bank service company, accounting practices, a foreign owned company, the Australian National Audit Office and the then office of the Director of Evaluation and Audit.

John's experience includes travels to remote and isolated communities in various locations where he enjoys meeting people and learning about their culture and experiences particularly the difficulties of isolation. This prompted John's desire to offer his skills to NATSIHWA as the Finance Manager.
John is a Member of Rotary and has a keen interest in community service educational, health and environmental projects.

John is looking forward to making significant contributions to the success of NATSIHWA and its members.