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.
He also chairs the Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute.
Tanja is a Jaru and Bunuba Aboriginal woman who was born in Mount Isa and has lived extensively throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. Tanja is a registered clinical psychologist and has a Bachelor of Science with majors in psychology and human resource management (double degree). She has extensive policy and service experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing sector.
She is currently a Clinical Consultant (specifically for wellbeing) at ABSTARR Consulting and brings expertise from her extensive experience in social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and intergenerational trauma, 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.
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.
Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakia, Tiwi, Chinese Malaysian and Muslim woman who grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. She has extensive experience working with her multiple communities across government and the not-for-profit sector, including with the Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute. As a writer and academic, she has been published widely on topics such as Indigenous politics and affairs, race and whiteness, gender and feminism, and arts and culture.
Within the arts and cultural sector, Eugenia has most recently worked with Australia’s national museum of screen culture ACMI, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Peril Magazine. Eugenia is currently a Consultant at ABSTARR Consulting.
Casey Bird is a Juru and Wulgurukaba man who was born in Roma, Queensland. Casey has a Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major in philosophy. He is a youth specialist with significant front-line experience, and a strong understanding of the range of human and social service systems that impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families and communities.
Casey is currently a Consultant with ABSTAR Consulting and brings to the role his extensive knowledge and skills in designing, monitoring and reviewing the implementation of public policy and strategy.
Jidah is a Djab Wurrung man also with Kirrae Wurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wemba Wemba, and Palawa ancestry. He was raised at the Framlingham Aboriginal Settlement in Western Victoria. Most recently, Jidah has worked at the Commission for Children and Young People, leading the Koori Youth Justice Taskforce and a state-wide systemic inquiry named ‘Our youth, our way’, aimed at eliminating the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in Victoria’s youth justice system.
Jidah is currently a Consultant at ABSTARR Consulting and brings to his role over a decade of professional experience as a lawyer, policy advisor and manager in various fields including commercial litigation, human rights, community development, cultural heritage, business development, and tourism.
Marindi is a proud Gumbaynggirr, Larrakia, Iwadja, Kalkadoon and Kaanju woman. She was born on Darumbal country (Rockhampton QLD) but grew up in the northern suburbs of Narrm (Melbourne VIC). Marindi has worked in administration and office support at Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, the Victorian Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Marindi is currently Executive Assistant to the CEO of ABSTARR Consulting (Professor Gregory Phillips) and brings experience in administration, business and office support across the program areas youth engagement, Koorie education, Aboriginal economic development, and diversity and inclusion.
“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.”