We have a true passion for First Peoples Health training.
CONNECT ‘N’ GROW, DIRECTOR
SEED FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA, CHAIR
Michael is an entrepreneur who founded Connect ‘n’ Grow in 2012 after he identified a need to further develop health programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the North Queensland region. His interest in training, employment and change management is a result of both his background in teaching and the successful development of regional programs to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in school engagement. Michael has extensive expertise in working with government departments, educational institutions, health and conservation organisations, and on Indigenous Health Training projects to improve indigenous outcomes. It was a natural progression that Michael established Seed Foundation Australia to engage the business community in redesigning educational pathways within the health industry. Through experiences in working with a range of cultures in Papua New Guinea, Europe and Australia, Michael has found how working toward common goals can change the fabric of communities.
Professor Adrian Miller
Professor of Indigenous Research
Seed Foundation Australia, Deputy Chair
Adrian is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Professor of Indigenous Research at Griffith University leading the Indigenous Research Unit and Network.
During the past 20 years in higher education, Adrian’s experience has been in management, leadership, academic program development, teaching and research. He has made significant contributions to Indigenous health and education, and has undertaken leadership roles in community-based and government committees to advocate the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Research capacity development has been a primary focus in his research activities and has led to positive outcomes for Indigenous community members and organisations. The highly collaborative manner in which Adrian has undertaken research has contributed to intellectual and methodological developments in health and education fields. He has a strong interest in applied and translational research and has twice been awarded the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award.
Since 2008, Adrian has been awarded close to $9 million of competitive grant funding, and published nationally and internationally.
McMillan Kelly Thomas Lawyers, Partner
Seed Foundation Australia, Secretary
Michael Kelly has been apartner of McMillan KellyThomas Lawyers since 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law.
Michael has been involved with the Ipswich District Law Association and a founding board member of Swich On Inc. Swich On Inc is an unincorporated association that’s primary objectives are to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to raise funds for associated causes.
Professor Roianne West
Director First Peoples Health Unit,
Seed Foundation Australia,
Born and raised in Kalkadoon on her mother’s country in Northwest, Queensland, Professor West has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous health. Professor West is a university trained Registered Nurse who completed a PhD, which explored the participation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian Universities as well as the strategies critical to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students’ success in Queensland Universities. Professor West is currently the Professor of First Peoples Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and a Director on the Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives. Professor West Chair’s the Connect ‘n’ Grow Advisory Group, providing a strategic direction to the First Peoples Health Program. Professor West’s work influences the National agenda on Indigenous health workforce development.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT,
Yellow Brick Road
Seed Foundation Australia, Board Member
Andrew Morello, winner of the first season of The Apprentice Australia, credits his strong work ethic as the catalyst for his success. Morello’s lifelong exposure to the property and finance industry, natural enthusiasm and outstanding sales skills means he is adept at providing people with the service and outcome they are seeking.
A natural leader from his days at St Bernard’s College, Morello founded his own business at the age of fifteen and never looked back. Morello is now Head of Business Development at Yellow Brick Road, and is working closely with Executive Chairman Mark Bouris to further grow Yellow Brick Road’s expanding branch network. Morello is also the co-founder of online jewelry company Bellagio and Co. and a founding member of The Entourage, Australia’s largest educator and community of entrepreneurs with over 85,000 members around the world.
Morello’s number one mantra is that relationships are the key to a lifetime of success.
Sammut Bulow Accountants and Advisors, Partner
Seed Foundation Australia, Board Member
As partner of Sammut Bulow Accountants and Advisors, Brad is a driving force in its expansion of its service delivery. Ipswich boy born and bred, Brad is actively involved in the Ipswich Community, he is a founding member of Swich On, and as a member of a number of advisory boards Brad provides advice and direction in relation to organisation’s strategies and how best to achieve them.
Brad joined Sammut Bulow in 2005 and became Partner in 2007; he has inspired the company through a period of significant growth and change.
Current founding board member ofSwich On, promoting awareness of men’s health issues and raising money for men’s health causes. Brad is also the Treasurer of the Jets Leagues Club / Ipswich Jets Rugby League Football Club Inc. The club is a hive of restaurants, bars, children’s areas and gaming machines. Formed in 1982 the Football club has been instrumental in establishing the careers of many players who went and played for NRL clubs and above.