Aboriginal Project Officer/ PhD Candidate
Julieann Coombes is a Gumbaynggirr woman through her grandmother and has connections to Gamilaraay country where she grew. She is a Registered Practice Nurse with extensive involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and has lived and worked on the NSW Central Coast for the last 30 years. She has taught Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in secondary and tertiary institutions and has represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses at the national level.
Julieann is very active in local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative groups including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Catholic Ministry of the Broken Bay Diocese, where she serves as Chairperson, the Central Coast Indigenous Responsible Gambling Group, Northern Sydney Women in Leadership Advisory Committee, Central Coast Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and a member for AH&MRC Ethics committee. She is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Ivers. Julieann’s focus areas are cultural awareness, equity, health and education. She also serves as Aboriginal Research Officer working across projects under Injury division at The George Institute for Global Health.