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Keelen Mailman

Author & Property Manager of Mount Tabor Station

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

Keelen Mailman is a highly respected Bidjara leader from South West Queensland.  She is Property Manager of Mount Tabor Station, a 90-thousand-hectare grazing property on Bidjara Traditional Land North East of Augathella. Born in Clermont, Qld, she grew up in her family home, a tin shack with dirt floor and carbine lights, at the Augathella Yumba. In her book, The Power of Bones (Allen & Unwin 2014) she describes her life journey. The front cover of her book has this quotation: “From a troubled childhood to running a cattle station, one woman’s heartbreaking but uplifting story of triumph against all odds”. Concerning her beloved Bidjara Traditional Land Keelen says: “My heart is in this country. I am this country, and it is me. It is me and my Bidjara people, all those who walked here before me, for thousands of years. This place, Mount Tabor Station, is the essence of that heart. I camped here as a child, close by on Babbiloora and Attica, just as my mother had and her mother and hers, and so on back to the early times. Now she manage it for my people. She protect and look after the places that are special to them, the old camp site and burial places, but a cattle station needs other work done: maintain fences, bores, machinery, animals, roads”. Keelen was awarded the honour of Australian Mother of the Year 2016. She is working towards her vision for Mount Tabor Station to become a place of cultural healing and rehabilitation for First Nation people utilising as a centrepiece the spiritual power of the sacred site on Mount Tabor Station known as The Lost City. Keelen is in demand as a speaker on the needs and aspirations of First Nation people. She is a spiritual person who speaks from her heart with a powerful message on behalf of her people. 

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob

Yakama Nation USA

Professor of Indigenous Studies

University of Oregon

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob is Professor of Indigenous Studies in the College of Education at the University of Oregon (UO). Her research examines the ways in which cultural revitalization efforts transform Indigenous communities and Western institutions. Dr. Jacob engages mixed methods research, and has led qualitative (interviews, ethnography, and focus groups) and quantitative (surveys and logistic regression) social science studies, program evaluation and implementation across several Tribal communities and with non-profit and educational organizations, including the Yakama Healthy Heart Program, the American Indian Recruitment Programs, and the Northwest Indian Language Institute. She has published two books with the University of Arizona Press (Yakama Rising and Indian Pilgrims) that draw from her qualitative research to advance theories of Native feminism and decolonization. She previously served as Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego, and also as Faculty Fellow and founding Director of the Center for Native Health & Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Reservation. Michelle now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Indigenous Education, Colonization and Genocide, Indigenous Research Methodologies, and Professional Development Seminars for American Indian pre-service educators. At the University of Oregon, Michelle leads the Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge Initiative, is Participating Faculty in both Ethnic Studies and Environmental Studies, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Native American Studies.

Keith Hamburger AM

Managing Director QLD
Knowledge Consulting Pty Ltd

Keith Hamburger AM was Queensland’s first Director General of Corrective Services (December 1988 - June 1997). He led a successful reform agenda in QLD corrections. Commonwealth Industry Commission reports during this period showed QLD as having one of the most cost-effective systems of Corrections in Australia and the lowest return to prison rate. Innovative practices were introduced that have now become the norm in Australian correctional jurisdictions. During Keith’s tenure, the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre was awarded a Human Rights Medal for humane and innovative programs for Indigenous offenders, the first ever such award to a correctional centre in Australia. Keith has visited and studied corrections in Germany, Holland, England, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. As Managing Director, Knowledge Consulting Pty Ltd, Keith has led and or contributed to significant correctional and immigration detention consulting projects throughout Australia including Christmas Island, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Keith has worked for many years to develop initiatives to reduce First Nation People’s contact with the criminal justice system and their over representation in prisons.

Elanor Fenge

Youth Justice Lawyer NT

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

Elanor Fenge – BA (Hons), MSc(Oxon), JD, GDLP – is the youth justice lawyer at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission in Alice Springs. After studying and working in the area of indigenous rights in Canada as well as South America, Elanor moved to Australia to study law where she focused on social justice and human rights issues. Elanor is passionate about working with young people in Central Australia, in particular advocating for the rights of youth and achieving meaningful reform in the youth justice sector in the Post-Royal Commission landscape. Elanor is Vice-President of the Northern Territory Young Lawyers and a council member on the Law Society of the Northern Territory.

Mark Morrison

Principal NSW

Macleay Vocational College

Macleay Valley Trade Training Centre


Mark has been involved in education & schools for over 30 years, he has been employed in three different sectors. he has been running a school for dis-enfrachised youth on the Mid North Coast of NSW for the last 7 years. This includes visiting students in three NSW detention centres each term, working with Juvenile Justice Officers each week, sitting with the students and young people in the cells on a regular basis. He attends court with the students and is an advocate or support for them in Youth Justice conferences and completing their service outcomes. He has held leadership positions in both the Catholic and Independent schools for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Joseph Stone

Clinical Psychologist USA/NZ

Indigenous Development Specialist

Dr. Joseph B. Stone, Ph.D, CADC Level III, ICADC is a Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet Indian) tribal member raised on a Northern Montana USA cattle ranch by his grandparents.  He is affiliated as a participant in the Last Star Thunder Medicine Pipe, the Beaver Lodge, and the OKANN (Sundance). Dr. Stone is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work, Adjunct Professor at University of Washington. He retired from the U.S. Indian Health Service as Chief of Department: Gallup Indian Medical Center Behavioural Health Service following eighteen years working for US Tribes and the US Public Health Services. Currently, Dr. Stone works in Hastings, New Zealand as a clinical psychologist. His roles include specialist addictions and rehabilitation work in the community and Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, family therapy and assessment and treatment of children.

Taranjeet Thandi

Social Worker NT

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

Taranjeet Thandi has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Masters of Social Work. Taranjeet has been working with young people and their families in Central Australia for the past three and a half years. Taranjeet currently works at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission with youth charged with criminal offences. Taranjeet is passionate about advocating for action regarding the recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention in Children in the Northern Territory. Taranjeet works closely with the youth justice lawyer to ensure young people do not continue to experience the same injustices that occurred previous to the Royal Commission and that the Northern Territory Government and NGO services are held accountable to improving the current youth justice system.

Sgt. Richard Wells

Supervisor WA

Rockingham Police Station 


Sergeant Richard Wells is currently a supervisor at Rockingham Police Station in Western Australia. Richard has spent a lot of time working with youth throughout his 22 years as a Police officer. Richard has worked in a school based police role with a low socio-economic client base. He has then moved on working to youth with substance abuse issues that lead many of them into street prostitution. In recent years he has worked with Indigenous youth in remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia as well as the tri-service borders of Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia. Richard is an ex-Regular Army Paratrooper who attained the rank of Sergeant. Richard has been awarded the Governor General’s Commendation for Bravery, The Australian National Medal, The Australian Defence Medal, The Western Australian Police Star, The Western Australian Police Service Medal, the Pride of Australia Medal in Western Australia for Outstanding Bravery and the Gascoyne Medal.

Dr. Amber Logan

Clinical Psychologist NZ

Indigenous Development Specialist

Dr. Amber Logan is a Māori of Kahungunu descent, a mother of five children and a graduate of the University of Auckland School of Medicine and has practised as a health psychologist in primary and secondary care, specialising in the prevention and management of chronic disease. Amber has lectured and presented in this field in North America, including the University of Washington and Harvard University, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. She is currently completing a doctorate in public health with the University of Otago School of Medicine, and is heading the working group for the development of the International Association of Indigenous Health Psychology.

Associate Prof. Peter Shine

Director, Aboriginal Health NSLHD

Clinical Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University 

Clinical Associate Professor Peter Shine is a Gomeroi man from north-western NSW. He has been involved in Aboriginal health and social emotional wellbeing for many years. He is currently the Director of Aboriginal Health Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). He wrote the NSLHD Aboriginal Health Services Plan 2013-2016.  This is the very first Aboriginal Health Plan written for NSLHD. He is a member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a member of The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.  Peter’s professional specialities are Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal Social Emotional Well Being, The Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health, The Social Determinants of Health and Health Promotion. He is married to Jo a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and lives in Western Sydney. They have three adult children and one grandchild.


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