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:
- Ordinary Members x 2 (1 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)
2018-19 Board Members
The NTAHC AGM was held on the 17th October at 5.30pm 2018 at 46 Woods St Darwin, and with Alice Springs via Skype. The current Board members are:
President Maria Scarlett
Vice President Jenne Roberts
Treasurer David Vanhalen
Ordinary Member Belinda Chaplin
Staff Representative Shayne Kilford
The positions of Secretary, 2 ordinary members, HIV Consumer Rep 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.
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Dr Belinda Chaplin
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.
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Shayne has worked for the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council for nearly 15 years. He works is the NSP Needle and Syringe Program full time.
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His approach and passion for his role at the NSP, creates a safe supportive non judemental space. Shayne is a great leader for his peers at NTAHC and highly respected with in the Organisation.