The business of NTAHC is managed by the Board. Each Board member holds office for a period of two years, with half of the Board being up for nomination each year to allow for continuity and transfer of corporate knowledge. The Board consists of:
- Vice President
- Executive Director
- an HIV consumer representative
- an Hepatitis consumer representative
- three (3) elected members
- a staff representative
The Board can be contacted through the NTAHC office, by emailing the President, or by calling 08 8944 7777.
Board Nominations are sought for:
- Treasurer (1 year term)
- Ordinary Members x 2 (1 year term)
- Ordinary Member x 1 (2 year term)
- Vice President (2 year term)
- Secretary (2 year term)
- HIV Consumer Representative (2 year term by expression of interest to the Board)
- Viral Hepatitis Consumer Representative (2 year term by expression of interest to the Board)
2017-18 Board Members
The NTAHC AGM was held at 5.30pm Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 46 Woods St Darwin, and with Alice Springs via Skype. The current Board members are:
President Maria Scarlett
Vice President Jenne Roberts
Acting Executive Director Daniel Alderman
Secretary Simon Dixon
HIV Consumer Rep PT
Ordinary Member Lucas de Toca
Ordinary Member Kat Byron
Ordinary Member Belinda Chaplin
Staff Representative Daniel Alderman
The positions of Treasurer and Hep Consumer Representative remain vacant.
Current Board Members
As a third-generation Territorian, Maria was schooled in the nuances of living in multi-cultural and cross cultural societies. She believes family, resilience, passion, laughter, a willingness to remain inquisitive and strong friendships are the key elements which have enabled her to travel a less conventional leadership path.
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She has worked in the not for profit sectors of childcare, childcare advocacy, and medical research ethics. In 2014 Maria retired and now sits on the NTAHC Board. Maria believes that diversity in the Board Room is the building block for strong leadership.
Areas of interest – Governance; Elimination of blood borne viruses; Aged Care; Dementia research; and Giving ‘voice’ to dementia sufferers and their families.
Hobbies: origami, seed beads, swimming.
Loves: Hanging with her grandchildren.
Jenne Roberts is the Head of Research Quality and Development at Menzies School of Health Research. She has worked at Menzies since returning to Australia in August 2011, after 8 years in Asia. In her current role Jenne ensures that Menzies produces and translates high quality, timely, relevant research and evaluations related to Indigenous and public health.
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Prior to this Jenne was the Director of Women’s Health at the NT dept. of Health (1995 -2002). In her current role Jenne ensures that Menzies produces and translates high quality, timely, relevant research and evaluations related to Indigenous and public health. This includes bringing together and overseeing multi-disciplinary teams to plan, design, and conduct applied social and clinical research.
Jenne’s own research and development work focuses on HIV policy and planning in South East Asia. Jenne works primarily at the national level in countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, Vietnam and surrounding countries to develop evidence based, inclusive national HIV strategies and programs. For example she has developed Cambodia’s national HIV Strategies for many years (the national strategy as well as sector strategies for health, the armed forces, and education) and the condom social marketing strategy for Vietnam, the strategy for mainstreaming gender and diversity considerations into Myanmar’s national program, and many Global Fund and USAID Country Operating plans addressing HIV/AIDS. This work requires a commitment to the central involvement of people living with HIV, understanding the needs and rights of most at risk populations, an understanding of health system pragmatics, cultural considerations and resource optimisation. Jenne is a qualified public health specialist, and has experience in modelling epidemics and their impacts on key affected populations given a range of investment scenarios and levels of political will.
Jenne has evaluated policy initiatives and programs for Australian State/Territory and federal government clients, and for AusAid (DFAT), DfiD, USAID, SEADO, the EEC, WHO, UNAIDS, UNWOMEN and many other clients. Jenne is currently working with USAID and the National AIDS Commission of Indonesia to develop a program for ensuring civil society is supported to engage in the national response and has the capacity and technical support to provide services by and for people living with, affected by and most at risk from HIV/AIDS. She has networks with the peak community based organisations in the region, including APNSW APN+ and PWUD.
Jenne has a master’s degree in International Management and a master’s degree in Public Health. She also teaches graduate units in health policy and advocacy, sexual health, knowledge translation and evaluation.
Kerrie Jordan joined NTAHC in 2017 to take on the role of Executive Director of the organisation. Kerrie’s skills stem from a range of personal and professional experience.
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After a lengthy tenure as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Tasmanian government, Kerrie transitioned to a career in the blood-borne viruses (BBV) sector approximately 6 years ago. This career change was driven by an ambition to work more closely with, and advocate for, marginalised communities, for which Kerrie feels a strong sense of care and compassion due to her own lived experience of sex work and injecting drug use.
Since shifting her career objectives to focus on the BBV sector, Kerrie has worked as a Peer Educator for Scarlet Alliance and as Manager of the Hepatitis Prevention Program in Tasmania. During this time she also sat on the Board of Scarlet Alliance.
In 2015, Kerrie relocated from Hobart to Sydney to undertake the role of Manager of Sydney Local Health District’s Harm Reduction Program, incorporating 3 primary needle and syringe programs (NSPs) and a primary health clinic in Redfern for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID). In this role, she was instrumental in enhancing the service’s responsiveness to the people who use it and establisning a pathway to Hepatitis C treatment in the NSP setting.
Kerrie looks forward to continuing to care for marginalised communities in the NT in her role as Executive Director, specifically by spearheading an effective and sustained response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander BBVs/STIs and by highlighting the need for peer-led programs to assist marginalised communities achieve their health goals.
HIV Consumer Representative
PT is your HIV+ Representative to the NTAHC Board of Management. I have been diagnosed with HIV twice (once in 1988 and then in 1994). This was as a result of the stigma and lack of confidentiality that existed at that time
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I have experienced that compliance with medications and disclosure brings about a complex range of circumstances, which change according to social and health services interactions, current health and well-being, housing and employment.
In past years I have represented NTAHC at various NAPWA and AFAO meetings.
In my years as an HIV+ person I have attained from a range of studies; Bachelor of Arts Specialising in History and Cultural Heritage and Specialising in Social Science (Psychology and Sociology) at CDU, Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma in Community Services Work, Diploma of Counselling and a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. I am currently a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association Inc.
Lucas de Toca
Dr Lucas de Toca is a doctor and public health expert focussing on health systems improvement and health equity. Lucas joined the NTAHC board in October 2017.
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Lucas is the Chief Health Officer at Miwatj Health, the regional Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service for East Arnhem Land, where he has strategic oversight of health service delivery and planning of primary and public health services across the region. He undertook medical school in Spain and Sydney, further training in Public Health at Harvard where he focused on health systems policy and leadership in health and human rights. Lucas is a member of the NT Clinical Senate, the NT Sexual Health Advisory Group and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
He is originally from Spain and undertook medical training at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with prolonged placements and electives at The University of Sydney. He then completed further post-graduate training at Harvard University, where he focussed on health system and leadership in health and human rights. This helped cement his understanding of large-scale health reform and effective availability of health services, fundamental for his role in Indigenous Health.
Lucas is also an experienced medical educator, having held teaching positions at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is currently a Lecturer at Flinders University.
Kat joins the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council board with over 12 years experience in the blood-borne virus and sexual health sector.
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Early in her career, Kat cut her teeth in the NTAHC Needle and Syringe program before heading down south to establish a national youth-led peer sex education program and transferring the skills she gained into building the sexual health and harm reduction capacity of Aboriginal community controlled health services in Victoria.
Her board experience includes Happy Yess, Red Cross NT and The Nookie Project. Kat brings a strong value system of ‘Nothing about us, without us’ for all the communities that NTAHC is a part of.
Belinda arrived in the Top End January 2017 to take up her position as Nursing Lecturer (Research Active) at Charles Darwin University. She is a woman of trans experience whose research is concerned with the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people.
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Her current research is concerned with exploring the lived experiences of trans and gender diverse people living with HIV because they are the forgotten people in that conversation.
Belinda was previously a member of Many Genders One Voice for 5 years, who were a health action group under the governance of the Queensland Aids Council, and it is here she became interested in the HIV space. She has recently been inducted to the Board of NTAHC this year, and she looks forward to working with other Board members to improve outcomes for those living with blood borne viruses.
Originally from Melbourne, Belinda’s varied work career has taken her throughout most of Australia. She has been a dancer, a spray painter, a horticulturalist, a nurse, a chef and public servant. Now education and research are her thing. Two people resonate with Belinda’s perspective on life and living. Albert Einstein and William A. Foster were curious, skilful, sincere, and maintained direction in their endeavours. As you can see, her interests are varied and this is what makes her tick.
Daniel is the men’s health coordinator in the care and support program with NTAHC. He loves his job because he's passionate about helping others and advocating for human rights and social justice.
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Daniel offers peer support and were possible takes the opportunity to break down stigma and discrimination in relation to living with HIV, he is also passionate about GLBTQI rights and equality and believes until we are treated as equal no one is free.