Senior Policy 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 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.
Senior Project Officer (0.6 FTE)
Phoebe Dent started with CATSINaM as the Senior Project Officer in November 2017. Phoebe began her career as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and worked as a Nurse Educator in Dhaka, Bangladesh before studying public health and working for the Australian Government in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for three years. Prior to joining CATSINaM, Phoebe worked at Reconciliation Australia managing policy and the Indigenous Governance Program for five years. Phoebe grew up in the Blue Mountains and Central Coast of NSW and now calls Canberra home. She is the proud Mum to her one and half year old daughter and is very excited to be back working with nurses and midwives and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health – two areas that are very close to her heart.
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.
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
Reception and Membership Support (0.6FTE)
Ashlee was born in Darwin NT (Larrakia) before moving down to Canberra as a child. Currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing and working on and off part-time/full-time with CATSINaM. I’m excited to see what the future brings and am honoured to work for such a supportive and determined team.