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Indigenous confernces services Mens Conference Presenters for 2019

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Michael Lid­dle

Program Manager

Code 4 Life Program

Desert Knowledge Australia

Micheal Liddle develops and runs a program for Aboriginal men called Codes 4 Life. Codes 4 Life is a program that encourages Aboriginal men to find strength in their culture and uses football as a lens through which respect for rules can be discussed.

Paul ah Chee Ngala


Alice Springs Desert Park

Paul Ah Chee Ngala grew up in Alice Springs. He is variously described as a musician, a business man, a cultural entrepreneur and of late, as Director of the Alice Springs Desert Park.

This is the fifth in a series of oral histories that are part of the Desert Park's cultural fitness program and recorded by ABC Open Producer David Nixon.

Scottt Wilson


The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc

 Scott is the Director of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, (ADAC). He is an Aboriginal man from the Stolen Generation.  Scott has a background of poly drug use and he has spent considerable time and effort learning to live a lifestyle free of illicit drugs and alcohol.  Scott's youth was spent misusing and abusing alcohol and other drugs, which brought him into contact with both law enforcement and health agencies constantly.

The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. interviewed Scott in 1994 for the position of Director. Scott was appointed Acting Director then in 1995 became the Director, a position he has held ever since. Since working at ADAC, Scott has led a drug free lifestyle, but he has drawn on his understandings from his own background and so ADAC has a harm minimisation focus. Scott’s commitment and involvement in the Indigenous substance misuse field sees him in a variety of organisations and committees.

Aunty Kumalie (Rosalie) Riley

Tinkerbee Eastern and Central Arrernte Cross-Cultural & Interpretation Service

is owned and operated by Kumalie (Rosalie) Riley, an Arrernte woman from Alice Springs with spiritual affiliations and connections to the land, hereditary from her grandmother.

Kumalie is a well-known Arrernte Elder and artist with many years of experience teaching Arrernte language in local Alice Springs primary schools and in adult education.

She has contributed to widely acclaimed publications such as the Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary, and the Eastern and Central Arrernte Picture Dictionary (both published by the Institute for Aboriginal Development).

Kumalie is a highly experienced interpreter and translator and is frequently called upon to assist with court interpreting and recording radio, television and DVD scripts in Eastern/Central Arrernte.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

Cross Cultural Consultant

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is a Warlpiri/Celtic woman from Alice Springs. Her professional roles include working as a Cross Cultural Consultant for almost 20 years. She has several years’ experience in running a not-for-profit company Yangapi Productions, which produced the Indigenous themed Children’s TV Program Yamba’s Playtime and delivered a number of Healthy Living travelling musical productions to early childhood audiences in remote communities throughout Australia. Jacinta has had a vast career within the arts including visual art and music. Jacinta has toured Australia with her own music and been a singer-songwriter for more than 20 years. A change in career saw Jacinta elected for a second term onto Alice Springs Town Council from August 2017. She is deeply involved within her community as well as communities throughout the Northern Territory and has now been pre-selected as the Country Liberal Party Candidate to run in the next federal election for the seat of Lingiari in the House of Representatives.
Jacinta until recently was a research associate with the Centre for Independent Studies and along with her mother former CLP Minister Bess Price were awarded by the CIS with the McGregor Fellowship in recognition of their years advocating against domestic violence and the need for positive cultural change. Throughout the platforms of television, visual art, music, women’s AFL and local government Jacinta has worked to empower disadvantaged Australians.

Craig Thorogood,

Case Manager, Drug and Alcohol Services Australia NT

Craig Thorogood has an extensive background in disability, residential care, youth residential and aged care. His experience has revolved around being a house supervisor in rehabilitative and care environments. Craig has worked in both the mainstream prison and youth detention which included both post suicide and the Stand By Program counselling. He has worked in Mental Health and Indigenous Addiction and Drug areas. In Craig’s spare time, he coaches football. Craig runs the Commit2Change program and Peace Education Program (PEP) which has had 90 to 100 participants enrolled since the beginning of PEP facilitation in Alice Springs.

Amanda Cameron

Aboriginal Service Co-ordinator

Financial Rights Legal Centre NSW

Amanda Cameron is a Wiradjuri woman living in Sydney, New South Wales. Amanda has extensive experience working in community services, disability and mental health sectors. Over the last few years Amanda has worked in a range of case management positions within the Domestic and Family Violence sector in NSW and Queensland. Amanda has a strong background working with women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence, homelessness, housing, financial crisis and child protection issues. Amanda has worked in The Staying Home Leaving Violence Program and in women’s Refuges. Amanda currently works as the Aboriginal Service Coordinator at The Financial Rights Legal Centre, Sydney to manage and coordinate their national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander telephone legal advice service, Mob Strong Debt Help. Prior to joining The Financial Rights Legal Centre, Amanda worked as the Coordinator for the Gulyangarra Yellamundie Aboriginal Family Support Program. Amanda was responsible for delivering the Family Support Program and teaching the Dharug Aboriginal language and culture to Primary School children in schools in Western Sydney. Amanda has a wealth of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children, families and community. Amanda is passionate about encouraging positive change in people’s life.

Dr Patricia Hania

Post-Doctoral Researcher,

The Law and Business Program

Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University CANADA

Dr Patricia Hania holds a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (York), Toronto. She also holds a LL.M. (Osgoode), LL.B. (Osgoode), M.E.S. (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York), MBA Grad. Dipl. (Schulich, York) and BAS, York. As an interdisciplinary social-legal researcher, Patricia is interested in the interaction of market actors in natural resource governance regimes – in particular, water governance in Canada. Her research considers the intersection of law and policy to understand how norms interact, regulate and become embedded in legal sites of contested and complex decision-making.


Graeme Pearce

Manager Cross Borders Indigenous Family Violence Program, Police Services WA/NT/SA

Graeme Pearce is the manager of the Cross Borders Indigenous family violence program and a long time White Ribbon Ambassador. Graeme have been employed by Community Corrections in various capacities for over 31 years. For the last 14 years, he organised the delivery of behaviour change programs for family violence perpetrators. Graeme stated that men can change their behaviour and the majority of family violence perpetrators are willing and want to change. However, it is the responsibility of other men to influence their fellow men to take the steps to stopping family violence. He believes that men need to have quality conversations about stopping family violence and ensure that men are not bystanders when confronted by family violence. ​

Dr Joseph B. Stone (USA)

Clinical Psychologists, Indigenous Development Specialists

Dr Josheph B. Stone is an Amskapi-pikuni ceremonialist and traditionalist and member of the OKKAN (Sundance), the Last Star Thunder Medicine Pipe and Beaver Lodge.  He is a clinical psychologist and with his partner, Amber Logan, owner of Indigenous Development Specialists of Havelock North, New Zealand.  Dr. Stone also works at the Napier Family Centre in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.  He has clinical experience with adult prisoners & corrections and juvenile justice in both New Zealand and USA.  He is affiliated with the National Centre on Trauma and Project Making Medicine – Indian Health Service Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse at Oklahoma State University. He has presented to and served as consultant to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs of Native Youth Suicide.  Joseph's publications include articles on trauma, suicide, and other cultural / behavioural issues. 


Dr Amber R. Logan (NZ)

Clinical Psychologists, Indigenous Development Specialists

Dr Amber R. Logan is a traditional Kahungunu Māori wahine, a New Zealand Health Psychologist and a Doctoral Fellow in Public Health at Otago University.  She teaches health psychology course work at the University of Auckland and Otago University and is well-known in New Zealand for her work in Methamphetamine education and community activism.  Dr Logan is a consummate grant writer, health services evaluator and health services program designer.  She has presented extensively in Australia, Canada, and the USA at Harvard University, the University of Washington, and to the US Federal Government under the Obama administration.     


Speakers Unable to Attend 

The speakers unable to attend would like to apologise for their withdrawals.



matthew mitchell

Aboriginal Education Officer

Chatham High School, Taree

Bess Nungarrayi Price 

was born at the remote community of Yuendumu in Central Australia. Her first language is Warlpiri, and she speaks four other Indigenous languages. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University and has worked in education and training, public administration, media, community development, interpreting, translating and small business management.

Bess has served on numerous management and advisory committees and boards of directors locally and at Territory and National level. In 1997 she established Jajirdi Consultants in partnership with her husband. With Jajirdi she developed and delivered cultural awareness programs for several private, government and non-government agencies, Aboriginal organizations and mining companies. Her work included several major social research projects. Mrs. Price was the inaugural chair of the Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council for the Northern Territory Government. In 2012 she was elected to the Northern Territory's Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Stuart.

In September of 2013 Mrs. Price joined the cabinet of the Government of the Northern Territory to serve as the Minister for Local Government and Community Services, Parks and Wildlife, Women's Policy, Men's Policy and Statehood. While Minister she had the pleasure of swearing her daughter in as an Alice Springs Town Councilor, the first time in our history that an Aboriginal mother and daughter have served at two levels of government at the same time.

Bess first began to paint in 2004 however work commitments did not allow her to spend as much time on her art as she wanted to. She has been inspired by older artists, especially her older sister Jeannie Nungarrayi Egan and her aunts, Judy Watson Napangardi, Dorothy Lewis Napangardi and Betsy Lewis Napangardi, whose paintings are hung in prestigious galleries here and overseas, but who are all now deceased.

Bess paints traditional Jukurrpa (Dreaming) stories in her own contemporary style, but also honours the old ones who have taught so much. She was born into the Warlpiri culture and has done many things that the old ones have not been able to do. She has travelled the world and seen so many other cultures. Now she wants to reconnect with who she really is through her art to help the world understand her people and their ways of seeing the world. Election to the NT parliament took her away from her art. After the 2016 elections she has gone back to work with Jajirdi Consultants and has returned to her painting.

She has been married to her husband Dave for almost forty years, they have one daughter Jacinta and now four grandsons.

Senator Patrick Lionel Djargun Dodson 

Senator, WA Government

Parliamentary service- Chosen by the Parliament of Western Australia on 28.4.2016 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice J Bullock (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2016.

Committee service- Senate Standing: Finance and Public Administration: References from 22.6.2016 to 14.12.2017 (Substitute member from 22.6.2016 to 14.12.2017); Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 1.9.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 16.2.2017 to 20.3.2017 (Substitute member from 16.2.2017 to 20.3.2017).

Senate Select: Strengthening Multiculturalism from 23.3.2017. Senate Legislative and General-Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 26.10.2018 to 26.10.2018 (Substitute member from 26.10.2018 to 26.10.2018).

Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 12.9.2016.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 26.3.2018 (Joint Chair from 27.3.2018).

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