Abstarr Consulting
Abstarr Consulting


Gregory Phillips established ABSTARR in 2007 to lead change.


We lead change by facilitating transformational growth in culturally safe environments.

For example, we are working with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to ensure 670 000 health professionals understand and enact their roles in patient safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


We deliver excellence in strategic thought leadership, critical analysis and communications.

For example, we are working with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet to ensure self-determination for Aboriginal peoples is real and respectful as they begin steps to negotiating a treaty with the First Peoples.


We bring clarity and confidence to those who want to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

For example, we are working with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd to ensure their strategic vision is realised.

What problem do we solve?

Many groups have taken positive steps towards inclusion in service delivery (eg Indigenous flags and artwork, RAPs, employment strategies & NAIDOC Week activities), yet many organisations and programs are still not producing excellence.

We help you understand the structural and human factors at work in your organisation by using the best evidence, razor-sharp analysis and crystal clear strategic thinking to get you optimal results.

ABSTARR guarantees a professional approach at all times, is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated consulting business, and is certified with Supply Nation. 



Some of the recent outcomes achieved by ABSTARR include:

  • Producing a strong definition and rationale for self-determination in Korin Korin Balit-Djak – the new Victorian Aboriginal Health, Wellbeing and Safety Strategy
  • Clarifying the thinking of the Queensland Department of Communities and the Department of Attorney General in relation to issues of cultural safety, whiteness, and power-sharing
  • Working with the professions of medicine, nursing, psychology, dentistry and others to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is addressed in curricula, training and accreditation
  • Facilitating Griffith University’s strategic plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in their medical courses
  • Development of The Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Statement of Intent

See the results page for a full list of the change ABSTARR Consulting leads.


Prof. Gregory Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

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).

Dr. Stephen Lambert

Director of Projects

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.

Caroline Kell


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.

Stacey Giles

Director of Policy and Consulting

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.

Jump up and travel with the light…

“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.” 

Uncle Arthur Peterson, Waanyi Elder, 1990