2022-23 Diversity Webinar Series (Jul 2022 - Jun 2023)

2022-23 Diversity Webinar Series (Jul 2022 - Jun 2023)

  

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The online Diversity Webinar series aims to engage staff working within the aged care sector in Australia with skills and knowledge to work effectively with diverse older people, their families, carers and advocates. It involves a range of topics relevant to culturally safe and inclusive practice, and is designed in response to topics requested from staff working in the aged care sector in Australia.

On this page, you can read about and register for webinars from the 2022-23 Diversity Webinar series (July 2022 - June 2023).

You can also visit the 2021 Diversity Webinar Series and 2022 Diversity Webinar Series (Jan-Jun 2022) page for recordings and slides from past presentations.

CDP All webinars can be counted as time spent relating to Continuing Professional Development for nurses to meet the CDP registration standard

 

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Free Translations in Aged Care

Date: Wednesday 27th July 2022

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar gives participants an overview of the Increasing Access to Translating and Interpreting Services in Aged Care Project.

The project is funded by the Department of Health through the ICON Agency in partnership with the LOTE Agency, Able Australia and Winangali.

It aims to produce and translate information to allow aged care providers to communicate key written messages to their consumers in languages other than English and in other accessible formats, free of charge.

 

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Kwabena Ansah

Head of Communities & Research, LOTE Agency

photo of Kwabena AnsahKwabena Ansah is responsible for the LOTE Agency’s broader community engagement and research programs. He is a qualified IAP2 Public Participation Specialist and has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Australia since 2008.

Kwabena has worked with the Department of Home Affairs, Melton City Council, and within the NSW Police and Emergency Services portfolio for a NSW Minister.

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Collecting Diversity Data to Promote Inclusive Services

Date: Wednesday 24th August 2022

Time: 2pm to 3:30pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: Leaders responsible for developing policies around collecting consumer and staff data

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar covers different approaches to gathering diversity data within aged care organisations.

It provides an overview of the Diversity Atlas produced by Cultural Infusion as well a research project of languages spoken in residential care facilities in 2022 by Benetas research team in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing.

We will also discuss how the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare approaches aged care consumer data reporting and present a good practice approach by Uniting NSW/ACT.

 

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Peter Mousaferiadis

CEO, Cultural Infusion

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Peter Mousaferiadis is the CEO of Cultural Infusion.

Peter has spent over three decades working in the cultural and creative industries.

In 2002, he founded the internationally recognised organisation Cultural Infusion, which builds global harmony through intercultural action within education, information and communications technology and the arts.

Peter’s career spans conducting, directing and producing large scale international and intercultural productions for a range of clients including the Parliament of World Religions and the United Nations. He has also directed nine Australia Day Concerts.

Rezza Moieni

Chief Technology Officer, Cultural Infusion

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Rezza Moieni is the Chief Technology Officer at Cultural Infusion.

Rezza has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a master’s in Computer Science (Information Security).

Rezza was a project manager of many national level projects in the broadcasting industry in Iran.

Margaret Teuma

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Uniting NSW/ACT

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Margaret Teuma is the Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Uniting NSW/ACT.

She is responsible for the provision of expertise in embedding of diversity and inclusion principles in Uniting.

Her role includes challenging existing structures and supporting progressive change through influencing system improvement and coordinating special projects that build diversity and inclusion capability.

Margaret comes with a wide-ranging career in public sector and NGO leadership positions and has extensive experience in developing strategies, policy development and program evaluation.

Melinda Leake

Head of Aged Care Data Improvement Unit and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Melinda Leake heads up the Aged Care Data Improvement Unit and has over 25 years experience at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

She has significant experience working with data from a range of areas, including aged care. She also has expertise in leading analysis and reporting of the health and wellbeing status of population groups.

 

Lisa Tribuzio

Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

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Lisa Tribuzio has 22 years experience in a range of sectors including:

Assistant Director for Inclusion Strategies at the NDIA, Diversity Advisor for the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership working with aged care providers, Projects Manager for the Victorian Arabic Social Services, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Partnership Coordinator at Spectrum, and as a researcher at the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne.

She has also undertaken cross-cultural research in Egypt for the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Cairo.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Islamic Studies and Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy.

Lisa is also the founder of Lotus Consulting which aims to assist organisations in developing deep understandings of diverse perspectives and practices.

Dr Meg Polacsek

Senior Researcher Quality, Outcomes and Research Benetas

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Dr Meg Polacsek is Senior Researcher at Benetas, a major aged care provider in Victoria.

In this role, she undertakes research in the real-world contexts of community and residential care, and retirement living. As a social gerontologist, her research interests tend towards social aspects of ageing, life course approaches to wellbeing, late life transitions and mental health.

Meg has worked in research, policy and project management in academic, public health and service provider settings. However, it is her early experience as a personal carer in residential aged care that most strongly informs her rights-based approach to research.

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The Inclusive Service Standards for Beginners – Diversity Coaching Workshop

Date: Wednesday 14th September 2022

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: Leaders in the aged care sector

Outline of the Webinar:

This interactive workshop is for participants who are starting their diversity, equity and inclusion journey.

It will focus on how to create inclusive policies and practices using the Inclusive Service Standards as a tool.

The webinar includes an overview of The Centre for Cultural Diversity’s online self-assessment portal.

 

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James Houstone

Director, BNG NGO Services Online

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James Houstone is a director of Breaking New Ground (BNG), which is a leading provider of online solutions for Australian community services and health service providers, in the areas of quality and service standards, quality management systems and organisational capacity building.

BNG partners with the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing to provide the Inclusive Service Standards Portal, which supports aged care providers to self-assess against the Inclusive Service Standards, and to identify any gaps or areas for improvement.

Lisa Tribuzio

Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

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Lisa Tribuzio has 22 years experience in a range of sectors including:

Assistant Director for Inclusion Strategies at the NDIA, Diversity Advisor for the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership working with aged care providers, Projects Manager for the Victorian Arabic Social Services, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Partnership Coordinator at Spectrum, and as a researcher at the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne.

She has also undertaken cross-cultural research in Egypt for the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Cairo.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Islamic Studies and Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy.

Lisa is also the founder of Lotus Consulting which aims to assist organisations in developing deep understandings of diverse perspectives and practices.

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Ten Steps to Developing a Diversity Plan

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2022

Time: 1pm to 2pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: Leaders in the aged care sector

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar will take participants through the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing’s 10 step process for developing a diversity, equity and inclusion plan within an aged care service.

It will include reflective exercises and discussions to guide and support participants through their inclusive services journey.

 

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Lisa Tribuzio

Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

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Lisa Tribuzio has 22 years experience in a range of sectors including:

Assistant Director for Inclusion Strategies at the NDIA, Diversity Advisor for the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership working with aged care providers, Projects Manager for the Victorian Arabic Social Services, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Partnership Coordinator at Spectrum, and as a researcher at the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne.

She has also undertaken cross-cultural research in Egypt for the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Cairo.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Islamic Studies and Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy.

Lisa is also the founder of Lotus Consulting which aims to assist organisations in developing deep understandings of diverse perspectives and practices.

Nikolaus Rittinghausen

Senior Advisor and Project Officer, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

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Nikolaus (Niki) Rittinghausen has 10 years experience in community engagement, social cohesion, cultural diversity and inclusion, ageing and disability, policy advocacy, project management, training, and grant writing and development.

For seven years he provided secretariat support to the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria's Aged Care Policy Committee and consulted nationally on culturally and linguistically diverse ageing issues.

He also organised a number of multicultural seniors’ community forums. He held policy, senior policy, project coordination roles and was the editor of the ECCV multicultural aged care magazine, Golden Years.

Nikolaus is passionate about cultural diversity and wrote his bachelor’s thesis on the Origins of Multicultural Policy in Australia. He holds a Master of International Studies (Advanced) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Management.

He has lived in Brazil, Russia and Ecuador. He is fluent in German and Portuguese. Nikolaus was born in Australia and grew up in Germany.

 

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Supporting Older People from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds with a Hearing Impairment

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar focuses on two hearing projects looking at the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds with a hearing impairment.

One research project is by Mich Thornton, Lecturer in Audiology at Charles Darwin University who is completing a PhD at The University of Queensland looking at hearing health among Australian immigrants.

Their research looks at the hearing needs of immigrants in Australia with the aim to gain insights into ways to support immigrants who have difficulty getting help for hearing problems in Australia.

The second project is from Soundfair, a non-profit organisation committed to hearing equality and to transforming the experience and wellbeing of all people with hearing conditions.

 

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Mich Thornton

Lecturer in Audiology at Charles Darwin University

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Mich is a Lecturer in Audiology at Charles Darwin University. Their interests include equity and diversity in hearing health, hearing rehabilitation and clinical education. They are currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland investigating experiences of hearing impairment and accessing hearing services among culturally and linguistically diverse adults in Australia. Mich also has many years experience as a clinical educator, audiologist and clinical program designer.

Lourdes Zamanillo

Policy and Project Officer, Soundfair

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Lourdes Zamanillo is Soundfair’s Policy and Project Officer. A Doctor in Sociology from Monash University, she specialises in social inclusion, communication, and community building strategies. In her PhD, she used social network analysis to assess the role of social networking sites as a tool for integration for recent migrants. At Soundfair, she is researching barriers and facilitators to hearing healthcare access for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. With more than ten years experience in the fields of communications and social change, Lourdes is passionate about social equity, social capital, and fostering positive social change.

 

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Food for Thought – the Link between Food, Culture and Identity

Date: Wednesday 15th February 2023

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar focuses on the connection between food, culture and identity and the importance of providing food diversity and choice in aged care settings.

It will include good practice examples from Bolton Clarke and Altura Learning.

It will also include insights from OSCAR Care Group about how to co-design multicultural recipes that have been approved by dietitians working in aged care.

 

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Caroline Lucas

Bolton Clarke

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Kiarra Martindale

Lead Dietitian (APD) & Allied Health Manager, OSCAR Care Group

photo of Kiarra MartindaleKiarra Martindale is an Accredited Practising Dietitian having completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Master of Dietetics at Deakin University. Kiarra has a background in Aged Care, Anthropometry, Gut Health and FODMAPs. Kiarra regularly presents,lectures, and educates in the field of Dietetics and Nutrition. Kiarra has experience in policies and procedures, menus, recipes, product development and implementing IDDSI and food fortification strategies as a Senior Dietitian while managing contracting Dietitians and Speech Pathology organisations nationally. In addition, Kiarra has experience providing medical nutrition therapy and dietetic support within a variety of sectors such as corporate, clinical, community, sports, private practice and hospitals, providing excellent patient-centred care.

 

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Harmony Week Video Launch –The Voices of Multicultural Community Leaders and their Visions for a more Inclusive Aged Care System

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar features two short videos produced by Red Hat Films and the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing in partnership with Spectrum and the Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizens Clubs.

In the videos, older people from diverse cultural backgrounds talk about the one thing they would change about the aged care system.

They also discuss the importance of senior citizen clubs as a place of belonging and connection for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

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Nadereh Edwards

Federation Coordinator, Spectrum

photo of Nadereh EdwardsNadereh Edwards is a specialist in engaging and building the capacity of seniors and senior clubs' leaders. She has over 25 years experience working in Australia and the UK's community and not-for-profit sectors.

Nadereh currently works at Spectrum coordinating the Northern Federation of Ethnic Seniors Clubs in Melbourne.

This initiative provides a platform for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to have a stronger voice in matters that affect them.

Nadereh was born in Iran. She migrated to England to study and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Housing Studies. She worked in the housing and homelessness sector, met her husband and had two children. She moved to Melbourne in 1999 to enjoy the great outdoors and warmer weather.

Experiencing different languages, cultures, aspects of migration and working with CALD communities has given her exceptional insight and understanding of migration and its influences on shaping individuals and the community.

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Recognising Multifaith Initiatives in Aged Care

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2023

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar presents the perspectives of leaders from different faiths about the unique needs of older people from diverse spiritual backgrounds.

It covers key considerations for aged care providers to support the diverse spiritual needs of older people.

The webinar also offers participants resources to learn more about multifaith aged and health care.

 

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Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann

Rabbi of the Ark Centre

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Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann leads the Ark Centre based in Hawthorn East.

Through his openness and inclusive approach to Judaism, Rabbi Gabi has redefined the 21st Century synagogue within the context of Modern Orthodoxy with a greater focus on song and spirituality.

Rabbi Gabi is part of the Victorian Government's Anti-Racism Taskforce and President of The Jewish Christian Muslim Association. He also holds a Master of Social Work and is Chairman of Melbourne Fight Back Against Parkinsons Group Inc, a not-for-profit charity that assists people with Parkinson's disease.

Sherene Hassan

Director, Education and Community Engagement, Islamic Museum of Australia

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Sherene served as Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Islamic Council of Victoria for eight years.Formerly a chemistry and physics teacher, Sherene has taught in many states across Australia with over 20 years of experience in the sector. To date, she has conducted over 1,000 information sessions on Islam to diverse audiences ranging from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School to the Australian Federal Police.

Sherene has been involved in intercultural dialogue since 2001 and is passionate about building bridges with the wider community.

In December 2007, Sherene was selected by The Age newspaper as one of Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential peopleIn 2016, Sherene was selected as ‘Muslim Woman of the Year’ at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA).In January 2018, Sherene was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Sherene has worked closely with educators to align IMA’s education programs to the National and Victorian Curriculum. She is often called upon to conduct incursions at schools for student audiences as well as professional development for teachers across Victoria and other states.

Jasbir Singh Suropada

Chairperson of the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria

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Jasbir Singh Suropada is Chairperson of the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria. He is also a member of the Multifaith Advisory Group; Spiritual Health Association; Faith Communities Council of Victoria; Victoria Police Multi-Faith Council; Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry; Casey, Cardinia and Dandenong Interfaith Network; and the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council.

Jasbir is Founding Director of the Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence Inc.

Hōjun Futen, Senior Chaplain

Health & Prison Spiritual Care Coordinator,Buddhist Council of Victoria

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Hōjun has been a Buddhist monk for over 10 years and is the current Senior Chaplain for Prisons and Healthcare for the Buddhist Council of Victoria.

He brings his years of experience as a chaplain in challenging circumstances to his presentations.

 

 

 

Jacquie Molloy

Senior Projects & Communications, Meaningful Ageing Australia

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Jacquie Molloy is responsible for all projects and communications at Meaningful Ageing Australia.

Prior to working in the aged care sector, she spent more than three decades as a corporate communications strategist, coach and consultant, focusing on leadership communications.

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Culturally Diverse Perspectives on Mental Health Care

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2023

Time: 2pm to 3pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This webinar touches upon the intersection between mental health, cultural diversity and ageing.

It will also discuss the important connection between social inclusion, wellbeing and mental health for older adults with good practice examples from the aged care sector.

 

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Pearl Proud

Senior Practitioner, Culturally Diverse Psychological Service

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Pearl Proud has a 25-year long clinical career. She has held roles as a consulting psychologist working with clients across the life span, clinical lead, and AHPRA accredited clinical supervisor.

Pearl is currently overseeing a dedicated CALD mental health program across metropolitan Perth.

She has also consulted in policy and recruitment within the public service, delivered programs on mental wellbeing and diversity and inclusion to a variety of organisations. Pearl is an executive coach and mentor to professionals across a range of sectors.

Phil Peladarinos

Team Leader, Social Support Programs Aged & Primary Care Merri Health

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Phil Peladarinos is the Team Leader of the Social Support Program Team at Merri Health in Melbourne’s Northern region.

Phil has a background in Aged Care, Mental Health, Local Government and Tertiary Education with over 30 years experience in working with culturally diverse communities.

He is passionate about continuous quality improvement, growth, development, service innovation and a holistic approach in service delivery. Phil’s strong commitment towards wellness, reablement and client-centred care underpin his professional vision, ethic, and leadership style.

Phil’s team’s achievement include becoming finalists for the LASA, 2021 Excellence in Age Services Awards in recognition of their achievements and innovation in service delivery during the pandemic.

In 2003, Phil received the Prime Minister’s Award for the successful partnership between the Mental Illness Fellowship and Telstra in providing employment opportunities for young people experiencing mental health issues.

Ruth Das

Project Manager, Embrace Multicultural Health Project

photo of Ruth DasRuth Das is the Project Manager for the Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Project.

Prior to this role she has worked in health policy, project management, health promotion and community development over the past 20 years.. This work has been in the various organisations across multicultural and refugee health areas in Sydney and the ACT. Ruth has worked at the NSW Refugee Health Service, the NSW Multicultural HIV/Hepatitis Service and in health promotion across several local health districts. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a strong commitment to equity and working to address the social determinants of health.

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Cultural Awareness Walk and Talk –Hidden Culture/Decolonising Melbourne with Uncle Shane Charles

Date: Friday 30th June 2023

Time: 10am to 1pm (Melbourne time)

Where: Face-to-face

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: All staff working in aged care

Outline of the Webinar:

This is a special in-person NAIDOC week event.

Shane Charles will lead participants on a cultural immersion walking tour along Melbourne’s Birrarung healing sites.

The walk will start at Enterprise Wharf near the Melbourne Aquarium in the CBD and will include a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and didgeridoo performances.

 

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Uncle Shane Charles

Cultural Integrity Lead, Initiatives of Change and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria

photo of Shane CharlesBorn and bred in Shepparton, Victoria, Shane Charles has worked in the education, justice and cultural heritage sectors, most recently with the City of Melbourne.

Shane co-chairs the Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous Strategies Committee at La Trobe University. He’s known for his work in cultural intelligence, teaching about the traditional wisdom and diversity of Australia’s First Peoples.