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).

Tanja Hirvonen

Director, Social and Emotional Wellbeing

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.

Stacey Giles


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.

Dr. Stephen Lambert

Director, Operations

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.

Eugenia Flynn


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.

Casey Bird


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.

Jidah Clark


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.

Marindi Jarrett

Executive Assistant - CEO

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.

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