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Meet the Team

Marjorie Anderson

National Manager - 13YARN

Marjorie is an Aboriginal woman born and bred in Redfern, her mob is from northern NSW. Over the past 6 years, Marj has worked at the Aboriginal Housing Office in a number of roles including Principle Project Manager, Acting Manager Program Management, Regional Manager Northern Region and most recently Director Sector Investment and Development. Prior to working at the Aboriginal Housing Office, Marj has worked at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Department of Juvenile Justice and Tourism NSW, The Olympic Coordination Authority and ABC. Marj is passionate about building resilient sustainable communities.

Alan Heath

Community Engagement Lead - 13YARN

Alan has a wealth of experience working with the Aboriginal community in the Mental Health space. He is reliable, punctual, and hardworking with excellent communication skills and has the ability to work well autonomously as well as, in collaboration with other services.  While his background is in Nursing, mental health, and wellbeing he has a firm understanding of trauma care in responding to crises. He looks forward to this challenging role utilising his skills in critical thinking combined with knowledge and lived experience being able to support people experiencing crisis with mental illness and psychiatric disabilities

He is familiar working within his scope of practice, cultural safety, confidentiality also, within a supporting role having experience with case management using a client-centred approach. Adhering to legal frameworks and policies and procedures.

Nicole White

Grant Manager- 13YARN

Nicole is a First Nations woman with more than a decade of experience working in a range of management roles predominately across the community services sector, particularly in the mental health/psychosocial area. Nicole has worked at My Plan Manager, a service that assists clients to manage their NDIS plans. Nicole was the Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager for NSW and the ACT. Outside of work, Nicole is a volunteer with the SES.

Dallas Taylor

Service Delivery Lead - 13YARN

Dallas has worked in Aboriginal Affairs most of his working life most recently with the Aboriginal Housing Office in NSW. He has worked with Aboriginal Community Housing Organisations to raise their sustainability to gain and keep National Registration through a contractual and Housing Provider Framework Process. Dallas has also successfully managed the three Regions within the AHO which gives makes him highly visible throughout NSW. Dallas is very well respected in community by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. When he is not working hard he is a popular DJ.

Jia Natty

Digital Media Coordinator - 13YARN

We are very excited about Jia joining the 13YARN communications team as the Digital Media Coordinator to support and tend to all the 13YARN social media and digital platforms for the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander line.

Jia is a Gamilaroi man from Gunnedah NSW who has experience working on several first nations communications and community engagement projects providing cultural awareness within Accor. He also has experience working on several other community programs in a communications capacity that have provided services to the first nations communities of NSW in the health and arts sector.

Nikita Ridgeway

National Marketing Manager - 13YARN

Nikita is an Biripi/Bundjalung woman born and bred in Western Sydney, daughter of a Kinchela Boys Home Stolen Generation survivor and all round powerhouse in all that she applies herself to. She is a communications specialist, project manager and events planner who is also skilled at planning, executing, and optimising online marketing, projects and event strategies. She promotes services through multiple digital strategies.

Nikita achieves consistent success with excellent planning skills and proactive campaign tracking.  She is insight-driven and adaptable to changing market conditions. Nikita is an accomplished woman having been an Inaugural NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year nominee, Graphic Designer and events manager offering 13 years of experience working with 100+ clients on projects and programs at a local, regional, and national level within Australia. She has always demonstrated success in project management, team leadership, schedule coordination, strategic insight and planning.

Kelly Stronell

Project Officer- 13YARN

Kelly Stronell is a proud Aboriginal Gamilaroi women,from the Kamilaroi nation who is passionate about advocating a high-levelcommitment to improve Indigenous wellbeing and services. Kelly approach isculturally based works, and has been acquired and derived from sharedknowledge, understanding, and applied practices from her communities andelders.

 Kelly has extensive experience inbuilding organisational processes, measurement systems, and infrastructure to maximise service outcomes, she is a has highly developed research and analytical skills and leads project concepts and business strategic plans into workable solutions. Kelly is an organizer and planner.

Kelly works collaboratively, engaging and working together to explore ideas and to look for a way out that is far more extended than one's limited vision and together to solve problems, foster healthy relationships, and strengthen our team.

Kelly is passionate about working for 13YARN she believes in the vision of providing a confidential and culturally safe space for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping, this is a vital service for our people.

Advisory Board

Leilani Darwin

Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy at the Black Dog Institute

COUNTRY(MOB): Nunukul, Quandamooka

Leilani is already well known within the sector for her work and leadership in Suicide Prevention and Mental Health she is a powerful advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led, culturally informed practices within mainstream services. This has been built from her own personal lived experience of losing many loved ones to suicide and her own mental ill health. Living with depression, anxiety and suicidality Leilani navigates workplace obligations and her own wellbeing.

Through her leadership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre she will continue to work closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to support and empower their voices and participation in key policy reform, program development and advisory roles across both the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention sector.

Rachel Fishlock

Chief Executive Officer, Gayaa Dhuwi

Rachel is a proud descendant of the Yuin Nation and is the Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia, being a part of the organisation since its commencement. Driven by lived experience of systemic neglect as a child carer, Rachel aspires to contribute to creating systemic change to the mental health system, especially for children and caring arrangements to achieve the highest attainable standard of mental health and suicide prevention outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Rachel has over a decade of experience in the health sector including the optometry industry and community-controlled sector at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and senior roles at Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Social Policy) and Masters of Business Management from the University of Wollongong.

Rachel was recognised by Lifeline Canberra as the 2022 Rising Woman of Spirit for her outstanding community spirit and resilience in the face of adversity, through continuing to push for reforms to ensure other children do not experience the same systemic neglect.

Rachel is a board member of Fearless Women and an Independent Member of Capital Health Network’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Tania Dalton

Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSIMHL)

COUNTRY(MOB): Wathaurong/Gunditjmara

Tania is Managing Director and Founder of Tiimanno Consultants. Tania is a proud Wathaurong/Gunditjmara woman who is based in Geelong.

Tania is a registered psychologist and has been Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association since 2013.

Tania is also a Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSIMHL) group and a member of the AHPRA Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health Strategy Group.

Pat Dudgeon

Director of the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at the University of Western Australia

COUNTRY(MOB): Bardi people in Western Australia

Pat Dudgeon is a psychologist and professor at the Poche Centre for Aboriginal Health and the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA. Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.

She is the director of the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at UWA. She is also the lead chief investigator of a national research project, Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing that aims to develop approaches to Indigenous mental health services that promote cultural values and strengths as well as empowering users. She has many publications in Indigenous mental health, in particular, the Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principals and Practice 2014.

Anna-Louise Kimpton

Director of Policy -National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve a nation free of suicide. We know the current statistics for suicide and self-harm for Aboriginal people are disproportionately high. To tackle this problem head-on, this service will be led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board and employ professionals in suicide prevention and crisis support utilising Lifeline’s extensive experience and infrastructure.
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