VAHS Board of Directors

Ronald Briggs – Chairperson

Ron is passionate about Community and Aboriginal Health. He is actively involved in the Community through health promotion for men. Ron has a keen interest to help Community members become involved in sport, encourage men to become healthy role models for their families and Communities and to see Community healthy and grow old.

Over many years Ron has been involved in various committees in the Health Sector particularly around men’s health and is aware of the health needs of the Community, currently Ron is employed as a Practitioner at the Magistrates Court.

Ron’s passion is promoting the goodness of fathers in Community and the importance of their relationship with children and family.

Leanne Brooke – Deputy Chairperson

A proud Gunditjmara woman, Leanne has worked in the Melbourne Aboriginal Community for over twenty-five (25) years. Leanne is currently the General Manager of The Long Walk, Chair of Wandarra Aboriginal Corporation and volunteers with the Hume Aboriginal My Time Group, a support group for community members who care for a child or young person with a disability.

Leanne is passionate about fighting racism and inequality, empowering our young people and ensuring our Community Members with a disability have a voice.

A strong advocate for Community control and self-determination, Leanne believes in order for us to be a strong, health community we need to have control of our own health needs at a local level.

Stacey Brown – Treasurer

A proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Stacey has been working within the Early Childhood Education sector for over 25 years and had been the CEO of Yappera Children’s Service since January 2004.

Stacey’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Children’s Services, a Certificate IV in Business (Governance), a Certificate in Business and a Diploma in Business (Frontline Management).

Stacey firmly believes that the Early Years are fundamentally important as they lay the foundations for future health, growth and development.

Tony McCartney – Director

Tony was born in Balranald and his first home was a tent on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Tony’s heritage originates from the Wotjobaluk 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 comes from Lake Mungo in New South Wales.

A father to five sons and four daughters and has ten grandchildren, Tony had left high school at a young age to come to Melbourne to pursue an automotive career.

Tony has worked in a number of industries such as; transportation, automotive manufacturing servicing and repair, youth services, institutional and community settings, drug and alcohol, employment recruitment, advocacy, housing, health, higher education and currently working in the VET sector in Melbourne.

Tony has held three senior management roles in Aboriginal organisations in Victoria and has previously been the Chairperson of VACCHO and the national Chairperson of NACCHO.

Tony has advocated for his people at local, state, national and international forums and is committed to working to support the Community for better outcomes. He holds a number of governance roles in Aboriginal Health, junior football, Aboriginal Theatre Company and early learning. Tony is the currently President of Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Family and Children Services.

Karin Williams – Director

Karin was with Koori Koollij in 1985 before joining VAHS where she was an Aboriginal Health Worker for 18 years.

Currently managing the Bert Williams Aboriginal Youth Hostel, Karin has served on many Boards over the years such as; Yappera Children’s Service, Koorie Diabetes Service, Fitzroy Stars Gym, MAYSAR, Melbourne Stars Basketball Club and Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

Andrew Morrison – Director

Andrew is a proud Gunditjmara man that has over 20 years’ experience working in the Aboriginal Health Sector including Government, mainstream and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. Andrew is currently a member on the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, Northern Health Aboriginal Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Community Consultative Committee for the City of Whittlesea Community Hospital.

Andrew has a Diploma of Aboriginal Welfare, Cert IV Training & Assessment and has completed various internal management courses at is workplace.

Andrew is currently employed as the Senior Aboriginal Employment and Cultural Safety at City of Whittlesea.

Shelley Williams – Director

Shelley is a proud Gunditjmara woman, born and raised in Melbourne. Raised around the Fitzroy community and at the age of 18 Shelley started a traineeship as a Dental Nurse at the VAHS and then went on to completing the Koori Kollij Aboriginal Health Worker training course in 1984. Shelley has also been a Aboriginal Health Worker and the Closing the Gap Health Promotions at VAHS.

After a great year at Koori Kollij, Bruce McGuinness asked Shelley to edit the Fitzroy community newspaper, Koorier 2 where she went on to produced three editions of the newspaper before taking eight years off to start a family.

Shelley was involved in the creation of the community newspaper the ‘Koori Times’ in 1993 and has had previously worked at the Marg Tucker Girls and  Aboriginal Housing Victoria.

With experience on Boards, committees and involvement with the Gunditjmara Native Title Group, Shelley has passion and cares for her Community and endeavours to do her best as a Director of the VAHS.