Housing future communities / Conference sessions

Major concurrent session

Thursday 29 August 2019
1.30pm – 3.00pm

Indigenous housing and health

The intersection between housing and health is well recognised. Unsafe or poor quality housing can have a detrimental impact on the physical and mental health of communities and individuals. This presents opportunities and challenges for providing services to Indigenous communities in the Territory and across regional Australia. This series of evidence-based presentations, followed by a panel, will explore the issues, and evidence-based solutions that are being put into practice.



Olga Havnen
CEO, Danila Dilba Health Service
Olga Havnen is a prominent Aboriginal leader, advocate and activist in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Danila Dilba Health Service. Havnen has held positions as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island... view
Dr Joshua Francis
Paediatric infectious diseases specialist, Menzies School of Health Research
Dr Joshua Francis is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist from Darwin in the Northern Territory. His work is largely focused on Indigenous and global child health, with involvement across the Top End and in Timor-Lest... view
Assoc Prof Tess Lea
University of Sydney
Associate Professor Tess Lea is an anthropologist whose fundamental interest is with issues of (dys)function: how it occurs and to what, whom and how it is ascribed. Looking at extraction industries, everyday militarisation, houses, infrastructure (e.g. plumbing and roads), school... view
Prof Steven Guthridge
Professor - Child Development, Population Health and Policy, Menzies School of Health Research
Steven Guthridge is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist with a diverse background in clinical services, health service management and research. Until recently he was the Director of a research and analysis branch, within t... view
Patricia Turner AM
CEO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
The daughter of an Arrente man and a Gurdanji woman, Pat was raised in Alice Springs. As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Stra... view
Peter McMillan
Executive Officer, Northern Territory Shelter
Peter is an experienced executive with senior leadership roles across manufacturing, mining and the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining NT Shelter, Peter was Executive Officer at Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West. This is his second stint in the N... view
Marion Scrymgour
CEO, Northern Land Council
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