Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Australian peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa.
Gregory has a PhD (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003), and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).
He is a leading change maker, thought leader and medical anthropologist. He leads change in cultural safety, race relations and decolonisation.
Gregory is a Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting.
Steve Lambert is a non-Aboriginal fulla with family heritage from The Netherlands, and was born and grew up in the Illawarra region of NSW.
Steve is a teacher and educator who has worked in medical and health education for more than 20 years. He completed a PhD in Public Health in 2014 that had a focus on sexual risk and behaviour in the Australian Defence Force and holds a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelor of Education.
Steve is currently the Director of Projects at ABSTARR Consulting and brings expertise in project management, education, Public Health, medical education, accreditation and standards, assessment, and evaluation to this role.
Caroline is a Mbarbrum (Bar-brum) Aboriginal woman who was born and has lived in Melbourne all her life. Caroline has a Bachelor of Social Science with a major in counselling. She has extensive policy and service experience in social and emotional wellbeing, public health, treaty, and recently oversaw the development of Balit Durn Durn, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Control (VACCHO) report to the Mental Health Royal Commission.
She is currently a Consultant at ABSTARR Consulting and brings expertise from her extensive leadership career spanning across the therapeutic, community health and government sectors.
Stacey is a proud Gamilaraay woman who grew up in St George, Queensland.
Stacey has a wealth of lived and professional experience in First Nations public policy, strategy, governance, program design and collaborative change processes. She is a child protection specialist with broader Aboriginal health and human service experience across youth justice, drug and alcohol and primary health sectors.
Stacey is an experienced Director, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and holds a Graduate Diploma Public Administration (Policy).
Stacey is currently Director of Policy and Consulting at ABSTARR Consulting and brings expertise from over a decade of leadership and executive roles in community controlled, state and federal government organisations.
“In the dreaming, before there was any light, two young fellas were walking along in the dark. One decided to stay in the dark, and one chose to jump up and travel with the light. That’s you… shooting star. You decided to jump up and travel with the light.”