VAHS Board of Directors

Jimi Peters – Chairperson

Jimi Peters is a proud Yorta Yorta man from the Shepparton area and is a descendant of the Briggs and Cooper Clan. Jimi has been working in Aboriginal Health at many levels for over 20 years including starting at VAHS in the early 1990s and at St Vincent’s Hospital as the AHLO.

Jimi has been employed at the VACCHO for over 15 years in many roles and areas including  Aboriginal Eye Health Statewide Coordinator, Cultural Awareness Trainer, Medicare Enhancement Officer, Corporate Services, Indigenous Health Project Officer and currently the Manager of Public Health and Research.

Jimi is a strong believer in Aboriginal Community Control and believes that Aboriginal health is best achieved by Aboriginal people being empowered to address their own health needs at a local level.

Ron Briggs – Treasurer

Ron has a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Health. He is actively involved in the community with health promotion for men. Ron has a keen interest to see his community grow old and healthy, to help community members get involved in sport and to encourage men to become healthy role models for their families and communities.

He has been on various Committees in Health and is currently working with new fathers and encourages more support for the father. He has been involved in men’s health for over 10 years and is aware of health needs of the community. He is also involved in sport for young warriors in basketball, football, etc.

Brad Brown

A proud Gunditjmara man Brad has worked in the Melbourne Aboriginal Community all of his life including 22 years as an Aboriginal Health Worker at VAHS and at various levels of management positions including his current role as  Aboriginal Preventions Program Manager at the Cancer Council Victoria.

Brad has a particular passion for reducing smoking levels in the Aboriginal Community and fills a national and state representation role in support of this aim. This includes driving towards better chronic disease management, empowering the Aboriginal Health services and preventative approaches.

Ross Morgan

Ross Morgan a Proud Yorta Yorta man who has lived and worked in Melbourne for the last 20 years and originally from Shepparton is currently working with VACCA and Link-up Victoria connecting our people back to the Family and country.   A current board member of VAHS and on the Yorta Yorta Nations Elders committee and a tireless worker for Aboriginal people.

Tony McCartney

Tony was born in a remote community in a small town in the north west of NSW.

Tony’s heritage originates from the Watchabaluk tribe in the western part of Victoria on his great grandfathers side and from his great grandmothers side which is the Nari Nari  tribe that come from Lake Mungo in NSW.

Tony is a father to 5 sons and 4 daughters and has 10 grandchildren.

Tony left high school at a young age to come to Melbourne to pursue other career options.

Tony has worked in a number of industries such as;

Transportation, Automotive manufacturing, youth services, drug & alcohol, employment, advocacy, housing, health, higher education and the vet sector.

Tony has held senior management roles in a number of Aboriginal Organisations in Victoria and has been the Chairperson of both VACCHO and NACCHO.

Tony has advocated for his people at local state, national and international forums.

Tony is committed to giving back to his community and holds a number of governance roles in Health  Junior Football, Theatre and Early Learning.

Tony is the current President of Bubup Wilam Early Learning and Family