Since QATSICPP’s founding in 2009, we have had many strong board members who have guided and supported our team. Today, our Board includes resilient cultural leaders, practice experts, innovators and experts focused on helping us realise our vision.

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams better known as Lizzie is proud and passionate Aboriginal woman from South West Queensland. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Co Ltd.

Lizzie’s professional journey began with a nursing career ignited by a passion for improving healthcare outcomes for her people. This passion to help others expanded into an amazing career that sees Lizzie now running a large Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Social Care Organisation delivering a wide range of health, dental, aged care, disability care and child safety services across the Darling Downs and Western Queensland regions.

Lizzie continues to innovate and plan strategic service sector improvements which in recent years has seen her advancing the development of place based integrated approaches to health and social care service delivery.

Lizzie is also the Executive Director of the Jaydon Adams Memorial Foundation, established in memory of her son. The Foundation seeks to address the social determinants that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families through participation and encouragement of individual and family decision making as well as supporting and addressing young people in education and sporting excellence.

Recently Lizzie has been appointed as a Director to the Board of the Ipswich Jets Rugby Leagues Club this is a significant appointment as the first ever women appointed and the first Aboriginal Director. Lizzie has also been an active participant of the Australian Caucus of Indigenous NGO’s at the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Throughout her personal and professional journey, Lizzie has raised a beautiful family and embraced her grandchildren. Through this juggling act, Lizzie has and will always continue to work for the betterment of her peers, people and her community.

Renee Blackman
Director, South East Queensland

Renee is a proud Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi)/Kangalou/Barrungum woman.  Renee has dedicated her professional life to working with and within community, the goal – better wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing spans over 30 years with the majority in service delivery. It is only over the last 10 years that Renee has leaned into her role as a leader and been fortunate enough to work in the community-controlled sector as a CEO in both an urban space and rural and remote settings.

Renee is a qualified Aboriginal health Practitioner and Registered Nurse and is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Adj Associate Professor, Murtupuni CRRH/JCU and, a Clinical Fellow in the Faculty of Health, School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology.

My vision is simple…to see our people achieving every goal and dream imaginable and everyone leading full and happy lives.

Darcy Cavanagh
Director, Moreton Region

Darcy is the Chief Executive Officer and founding member of REFOCUS (Redirecting and Empowering Families through Culturally Unique Services ) since inception in 2010.   A proud Bundjalung man, Darcy first began working within the youth and child protection sector in 1998, inspired by his brief experience of being placed in the foster care system as a child.

 “A lot of my experience, or so-called expertise, has come from my lived experience and learning from every person that I have come into contact with through my childhood and working career. “

Darcy’s lived and professional experiences lead him to create a service “that is not just about ticking boxes and reaching targets, but reaches the heart of a person and creates meaningful change and a sense of belonging.” Beginning Refocus with six staff, now with a team of 62, the charity supports thousands of individuals through a variety of programs across its catchment area, with a specific focus on children under 18. Programs include family wellbeing services, family participation programs, NDIS support services, foster and kinship care as well as Aboriginal medical service Gunyah of Wellness.

Under Darcy’s leadership REFOCUS has delivered much-needed services to a substancial portion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the Gympie, Sunshine Coast, and Moreton Bay regions including:

  • The provision of Family Wellbeing Services to over 1,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Families comprising of nearly 4,000 individuals
  • Support for over 350 Parents/Carers through the Family Participation Program
  • Placement of over 120 children in Community Kinship Care.
  • Current providing Delegation of Authority services for 18 individual children in scope for reunification.
  • Provision of primary healthcare services to nearly 5,000 patients, including 1,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members through the Gunyah of Wellness Medical Centre.
  • Over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 715 Health Assessments conducted by Gunyah of Wellness in less than three (3) years of operation.
  • Promotion of the First Nations approach to healthcare as well as reconciliation through opening our medical clinic to Non-Indigenous patients.
  • Provision of NDIS package support for 35 clients, with the capacity for substantial growth.
  • Provision of a responsive, frontline service delivery throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Darcy is driven by the goal of seeing the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community achieve the fullest expression of their true authentic selves and to leave a heart print of Aboriginal in every interaction leaving people touched moved inspired and informed.

Jason Field
Director, Central Queensland

Jason Field is the Chief Executive Officer of Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) and has worked in CQID for the past 17 years.  As a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Jason is an accomplished Indigenous Affairs professional with over 26 years’ experience in the private, public and community sectors.

Jason’s passion is to improve services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Central Queensland. He has spearheaded major strategic shifts that have transformed CQID from an employment agency to an enabler of innovation in the Child Protection space.  This has enabled CQID to support families and children and empowers Indigenous families in local decision-making.

He was the Chairperson of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Limited (QATSICPP) for 6 years, and also sat on the Community Legal Centre Board in Rockhampton.  Prior to Jason’s appointment as CEO of CQID, he held the position of State Manager of the Indigenous Home Care and Disability Services in NSW and after three years in this position relocated to Rockhampton in 2005.

Rachael Ham
Director, North Queensland Region

Rachael Ham is a proud Ewamian and Kuku Yalanji woman through her mother’s side and of Welsh heritage through her father’s side, and was born and raised in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

Rachael has been working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health sector just shy of 25 years and has held various positions. Including, Administration, Board of Director roles, Project and Research assistant roles and more recently Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Drug and Alcohol, having oversight of a Residential Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centre in Far North Queensland.

Currently, Rachael is the Deputy CEO of Wuchopperen Health Service, where she leads the Child Youth and Family Services portfolio aligning perfectly with QATSICCP. Rachael believes in the Community Controlled Sector because that’s where the voices are and where the solutions can be actioned for our children and our future!

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Director, South West Queensland

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Director, Cape and Torres Strait