Abstarr Consulting
Abstarr Consulting

About

Gregory Phillips established ABSTARR in 2007 to lead change.

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.

EXCELLENCE

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.

CLARITY

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. 

 

Outcomes

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

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

 

 

 

 

Professor Gregory Phillips

Chief Executive Officer
ABSTARR Consulting

ABSTARR Consulting is led by Gregory Phillips. Gregory is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Australian peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

He is a leading change maker, thought leader and medical anthropologist.

He has lived, worked and studied with Indigenous peoples globally for the last twenty-five years.

Gregory's unique gift is his ability to facilitate thought-provoking meetings and workshops where participants learn to respectfully apply Aboriginal values and knowledge in community, business and government settings.

Gregory is a respected public spokesperson on issues of cultural safety, race, whiteness and power, while also consulting in transformational learning and leadership.

He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy. He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians, has advised federal ministers on Indigenous health inequality, and was honoured in 2011 with an ADC Australian Leadership Forum Award.

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).

Gregory is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting and is a Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University (Adjunct). He serves on several boards and committees, including chairing the Cathy Freeman Foundation and AHPRA and the Australian Medical Council’s Indigenous health strategy groups.

Gregory Phillips’ credentials include:

Abstarr - jump up and travel with the light

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