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Amanda Nissen
Executive Director
Indigenous Support Services

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Alisha Britten
Senior IYCP Mentor
JobCo. Employment Services

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Alisha is a proud Yorta Yorta woman from North/West Victoria, who has been working with JobCo. Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) Program since January 2013. An accomplished VIT registered Teacher, Alisha understands her students, and what is expected of them to complete a school based traineeship or apprenticeship. Alisha brings a passion for Indigenous Education and meaningful Employment outcomes for Aboriginal people at a Community level. As a role model for young people, particularly young women, Alisha is admired by her students for her strength in her Cultural Identity, her cross cultural capacity and commitment to the Community she serves.

 

As a Senior IYCP Mentor/ Support Worker, Alisha provides team leadership, ICYP program development and program coordination.

 


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Working towards transitioning to assist meaningful employment or education

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Julia Tilley
Program Manager
JobCo. Employment Services

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Born in Melbourne, Julia has been JobCo.’s Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) Program Manager since 2012. She brings to the contract 25 years general community counselling experience including experience working in other Indigenous groups internationally. Julia is passionate about Mental Health and Indigenous models of Social and

 

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She has a sound understanding of the complex needs and concerns that surround Aboriginal students, families and Communities in Victoria. “As a non Indigenous woman I believe cultural competency is a road to travel with heartfelt respect, an open ear and a willingness to learn. I am privileged and humbled to work with the Aboriginal Elders and Leaders who mentor and advise me, and equally privileged to work with three strong Aboriginal women working within the IYCP program, whose skilful work within Victoria’s Education System and Aboriginal Communities, I respect and admire.”


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Providing students with a supportive framework to improve outcomes
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Max Lorenzin

TAFE South Australia

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Max is recognised as one of Australia’s leading practitioners in adult foundation skills and language, literacy and numeracy training. He has been delivering foundation skills programs in urban, regional and remote areas; with youth at risk and mature fragile learners; in community and workplace settings, for more than 18 years.

 

 

Engagement and enrichment of the learner has been the cornerstone of his methodology. His work in the CDEP Resource Unit in workforce development and cultivating and reviewing core skills in training has provided practical insights for more effective Vocational teaching & learning for indigenous learners.

 

 

In 2013, Max was the South Australian Vocational Education & Training Teacher/Trainer of the year.

 


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How do we best introduce cultural competencies into the curriculum?
Developing foundation skills for the workplace
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Megan Cooper

University of Southern Queensland

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Megan Cooper has been on a long journey of learning. For many years this journey had her located at Macquarie University working in Indigenous Studies at Warrawarra, Department of Indigenous Studies. Here, she began her life-long learning around unpacking the ways in which inclusive curricula and constructivist pedagogies could contribute to improving outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

 

More recently the Cultural Competency Framework proposed by Universities Australia has added a new thread to this deliberation and her work has refocused around enhancing the cultural competency of tertiary institutions and graduates. Currently she is located at the University of Southern Queensland in a project that works to embed Indigenous content across USQ curricula and enhance the cultural competency of staff and students; including our future teachers. She hopes this will contribute to creating inclusive education pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


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How do we best introduce cultural competencies into the curriculum?
Walking together: Constructing a sustainable collaborative partnership
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Graham Jaeschke
General Manager SA & NT
The Smith Family

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Graham joined The Smith Family as General Manager of South Australia in June 2008 after working in State and Federal politics for 15 years. In November 2011, Graham was also appointed as the General Manager for Northern Territory.

 

The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Smith Family has 40 staff in SA and NT and supports students in over 70 schools.  He also manages the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program for the organisation. Graham was also Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week in South Australia and was also a member of the Australian Early Development Index Coordinating Committee.

 

Previously Graham was the State Director of the Liberal Party in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. Graham’s has a BA (Hons) in politics and geography from Flinders University.

 


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Developing the foundations for achievement & transitions
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Maxine Greenfield
Educational Leader, Partnerships & Industry
TAFE Western, NSW

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Maxine Greenfield is a descendant of the Gurring-gai people of NSW and is a Business Capability Consultant, Aboriginal Partnerships and Industry Liaison for TAFE Western Institute. Maxine has held positions including Educational Leader, Aboriginal Edcuation and Training Unit, TAFE Western, Chief and Senior Education Officer Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, Project officer and SEO Training and Education Support TAFE NSW, Teacher and Trainer.

 

 

Maxine has grown up in a number of communities including Mount Druitt and Gwabegar and now lives in Dubbo in Central NSW, is married, has two children and three grandchildren. Maxine has been employed in the education sector in one way or another for over twenty five years. Maxine’s passion lies in what Training can do to assist Aboriginal peoples to achieve their aspirations, including transitioning from School to employment and further study pathways.

 


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Improving cultural competence in workplaces to support transitions
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Kylie Tarleton
Coordinator Educational Products & Services
TAFE Western, NSW

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Kylie Tarleton is a descendant of Wiradjuri people of Orange NSW, her current role is Co-ordinator of Educational Products and Services in the Customer Innovation area at TAFE Western . Kylie has held various positions with in TAFE NSW including Teacher of Beauty Therapy TAFE Western, Aboriginal Coordinator TAFE Western, Project Co-ordinator Training and Education Support, Industry Skills Unit Primary Industries Natural Resources TAFE NSW.

 

 

Kylie was born in Orange NSW where she still resides and is married with 2 children. Aboriginal Education is her passion and Kylies utilises her position to drive change in training materials and corporate documentation to reflect cultural sensitivity , this allows  Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander peoples to access services and have an equal opportunity in access the same education as all Australians.


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Improving cultural competence in workplaces to support transitions
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Malcolm Lynch
National Presenter
AIME Mentoring

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Malcolm originates from the Tiwi Islands, 80kms north of Darwin, Northern Territory. He came from the community known as Wurrimiyanga, also known as Nguiu, on Bathurst Island. He grew up having the island life but also spent time in Melbourne during early childhood. Having the best of both worlds, he went on to high school in Sydney at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview where he completed my HSC. After high school, he was fortunate to spend the next six years in the AFL/VFL system. In 2013 he arrived back in Sydney where he attended Sydney University doing a grad cert in Commerce and played Aussie Rules for the University. Education has provided him with the opportunities in life to learn and experience aspects that have shaped him for who he is today. He hopes to impart that knowledge and give opportunities to the next generation for a higher quality of life.


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Building opportunities through dynamic transitioning & support
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Jenni Curtis
Indigenous Coordinator
The Indigenous Parent Factor

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Jenni is from Western Australia and a  proud Noongar woman through her father’s mob from Pingelly WA. She is connected to the Nyikina people on her mother’s side, from Derby WA through her great grandmother and her grandmother who was born at Liveringa station .

 

Jenni was bought up in the WA wheatbelt areas and has lived in the Perth metro area for the past 21 yrs. Jenni has been in education for the last 16 years as an Aboriginal Education Officer and then as an Attendance Officer before joining the IPF team. She is married with 2 children and lives in Lesmurdie, Perth, W.A.


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Engaging parents through valued education
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Yasodai Selvakumaran
Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator & Jeanette Camillos, Careers Advisor
Rooty Hill High School NSW

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Yasodai Selvakumaran is a Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Teacher and Aboriginal Education Coordinator at Rooty Hill High School – a comprehensive co-educational school in Western Sydney under the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Yasodai leads the school’s Aboriginal Education Team working on initiatives to engage Aboriginal students, integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into curriculum and promote reconciliation in the school community. She is a member of the school’s Professional Practice Team working to promote best practice and support new scheme and beginning teachers.

 

She was a young teacher ambassador for Social Ventures Australia with the Growing Great Teachers Project in 2013. Her other professional interests include: curriculum, thinking skills, social justice, subject-based associations and the TeachMeet Sydney network. Yasodai was awarded the 2014 Mary Armstrong Award for Young Educational Leader by the Australian Council for Educational Leadership (NSW Branch).


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Rooty Hill High School: Creating a community for success
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Professor Mark Rose
Vice President
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

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Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. With a thirty-year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within the State, nationally and internationally.

 

Mark has consulted regularly with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations both nationally and internationally. For over a decade Mark taught in predominantly postgraduate programs at RMIT University’s Faculty of Business. Mark taught here in Australia as well as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

 

At a state and national level and with community endorsement Mark has sat on five ministerial advisory committees. In 2003 – 2005 Mark co-chaired the Victorian Implementation Review of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. In 2008 Mark moved to VAEAI as General Manager during the WIPC-E Conference and assumed the position of Chair of Indigenous Knowledge Systems at Deakin University in 2009. In 2013 Professor Mark Rose was appointed as the Executive Director Indigenous Strategy at La Trobe University.

 


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How to best allocate & monitor Indigenous education funding?
Over the horizon: Innovations & trends in transitioning
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Jacqueline McGowan-Jones
Executive Director
Aboriginal Education Department of Education, WA

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As Executive Director for the Office of Aboriginal Education, Jacqueline is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Department in delivering education to Aboriginal people in WA. As a member of the Executive team, she works collaboratively across all Directorates to ensure a cohesive approach to the work with Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities. Following a review of the former Aboriginal Education Branch in 2013, the Office was established.

 

Jacqueline commenced her role on 20 January 2014, with a view to implementing the Review recommendations and progressing the strategic plan for the Office.

 

There is significant work moving forward to structure the roles, functions and responsibilities of the Office. Critical to this will be a strengths based approach to enhancing the role and function of the Aboriginal Education units in each of the Regions.

 

 


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How to best allocate & monitor Indigenous education funding?
Promoting long term partnerships between Indigenous people & government
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Jenny Dean
Pathways Director
Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

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Jenny Dean is Pathways Director at the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), a private sector led, non-profit organisation focused on empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and career pathways at Australia’s leading schools, universities and companies. 

 

 

As Pathways Director Jenny is responsible for the development and delivery of the AIEF Pathways Program, which prepares AIEF Scholarship Students for life post-school and supports their transition from school through further studies or employment into productive and fulfilling careers.

 

 

Jenny has been working in the not-for-profit sector for the past fifteen years, including roles with AFS Intercultural Programs and The Smith Family, where she was a senior member of the Community Programs Team focused on developing and implementing programs for disadvantaged children.  Jenny is also a founding member of the Kids for Life Foundation

 

 


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Supporting secondary and tertiary students to pursue meaningful careers
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Allan Hall
Aboriginal Education Engagement Advisor
Department of Education & Communities NSW

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Adam Hansen
National Presenter
AIME Mentoring

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Beverly Baker
Executive Director
Aboriginal Education Council

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Iqbal Singh
Director National Education Innovations Portal
Queensland University of Technology

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 Iqbal Singh is a Sikh, born in India, who migrated to Australia with his parents. He is currently the Director of the National Education Innovations Portal at QUT.  He was previously the National Principal’s Network Coordinator at the Stronger Smarter Institute and has had a long history in education as a teacher, deputy principal, principal, lecturer and consultant. He has worked internationally with UNESCO and believes in connectedness of human spirit through which emerges collective wisdom.  He is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia.  In his new role he is working with the Indigenous Education Consultative Boards from each state and territory to support school communities to develop sustainable models of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  He is a recognised innovator and brings a unique futures perspective to leadership and organisational learning programs.

 
He strongly believes that education is the key to unlocking a person’s potential and loves working with all people, especially children. Iqbal has said that a strong and clear sense of personal identity is the starting point for any person to achieve happiness and success.

 


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Dreams to goals: Foundations for successful transitions
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The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation

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Professor Rhonda Craven
Director of Positive Psychology & Education
Australian Catholic University

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