Senior and Policy Research Officer
Colleen is our Senior Policy and Research Officer. She has a broad knowledge of health workforce issues from a federal level after working in the Commonwealth Health Department, Health Workforce Division from 2010-2013, including working on nursing, midwifery and national registration and accreditation issues. Prior to that Colleen worked in the Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now Dept. of Social Services) for seven years encompassing many social policy issues and programs such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, housing and homelessness. Colleen comes from a family of eight where she is the second eldest, she has 14 nieces and nephews and has a fridge full of different mustards, jams and sauces. She likes a bit of Kenny Rogers and reckons that, ‘you’ve got to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them…’
Senior Policy and Research Officer (0.6 FTE)
Leonie’s family are from north-west Queensland on her mother’s side and south-east Queensland (Gubbi Gubbi/Butchulla) on her father’s side. She moved often while young and lived in many places across both Qld and NSW. For the last 12 years Leonie has resided on beautiful Ngunnawal land, having moved to the ACT to pursue a career in Government that saw her working on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs across a number of portfolios including: employment, family and community affairs and the environment.
After over a decade in government she decided it was time to make a sea change, and was lucky to spend a year with NACCHO learning about Aboriginal health from within such a passionate and hard-working sector before leaving to have her first child in early 2015. On returning to the workforce, Leonie joined the CATSINaM Team in October as a Senior Policy Officer. She works two days a week providing support in the writing of submissions, policy papers and commentary. Leonie looks forward to meeting CATSINaM members and learning from them about ways to work towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Executive Services Manager
Chloe is our Executive Services Manager. Chloe is a descendant of the Ngai Tahu iwi of the southern region of New Zealand - Te Waipounamu – the Greenstone Isle.
Chloe began her career in the sector at NACCHO before leaving to have her third child. On returning to the workforce Chloe joined CATSINaM as the administration officer before moving into the Executive Services Manager role two years later.
Chloe is an organisation fiend and obsessed with colour coding systems and action lists, her motto is "there is nothing to it but to do it".
Originally from Young NSW, I have lived and worked in Canberra since 2010. I worked in hospitality for about 7 years in various roles before I decided that I was more interested in the financial management side of business. I began a Business Administration and Finance traineeship with a bookkeeping firm in 2013, gaining skills in financial record keeping and reporting. I worked as a bookkeeper for a range of small – medium enterprise clients across all industries up until late 2016. In working with numerous Cloud software programs in my bookkeeping role, I developed a passion for helping business owners learn and implement online software to streamline their financial processes and reporting. Taylor can be contacted via finance(@)catsinam.org.au
I am originally from far North Queensland, but my mob are from all across the sunshine state. My mums tribe ‘Ganyju`, from Coen. Dads side from Townsville, ‘Birri-Gubba` tribe. With a background of hair dressing & beauty, I have embarked on a new journey towards attaining my business administration certificate 3 whilst completing my 12 month traineeship with CATSINaM. As I have started a chapter in my life, I am now a trainee as the new Admin officer and enjoying the experience.
My quote of the day for you would be “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.