Meet your educators

Professor Roianne West, Dr Debbie Bargallie and Professor Gregory Phillips

Lead educators

Please click ‘follow’ in our FutureLearn profiles below, to track comments we make during the course. This course will be rich in conversation and we look forward to interacting with you along the way.

Professor Roianne West

I am a descendant of the Kalkadoon and Djaku-nde Aboriginal Peoples, and current Director of Griffith University’s First Peoples Health Unit as well as a Foundation Professor of First Peoples Health.

I am passionate about ensuring health professionals have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver both culturally and clinically safe care to my people.

FutureLearn profile / Professional profile

Find out more about the work of Griffith University’s First Peoples Health Unit.

Dr Debbie Bargallie

I am a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Wonnarua Aboriginal Peoples of the North West and upper Hunter Valley regions of New South Wales. I work as Academic Lead of the First Peoples Health Program at Griffith University.

My doctoral research has examined the experiences of everyday racism for Indigenous employees in the Australian Public Service. I am currently Secretary of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA).

FutureLearn profile / Professional profile

Professor Gregory Phillips

I am a descendant of the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Peoples and CEO of Abstarr Consulting. I am also Professor (Adjunct) with Griffith University’s First Peoples Health Unit.

I have lived, worked and studied with Indigenous peoples globally for the last twenty-five years. I am also a national and international leader on issues of cultural safety, race, whiteness and power.

FutureLearn profile / Professional profile

Find out more about the work of ABSTARR Consulting.


Contributing Industry Experts

You will hear from a number of industry experts in videos throughout the course. We are so pleased they can share their experience and insights with us. They offer practical advice on how we can work together with First Peoples to achieve greater health outcomes.

Renee Blackman - Renee is the former Director of Health Services at ATSICHS Brisbane. Her current role is CEO of Gidgee Healing, Mt Isa.

Leeona West - Leeona has many years experience working as a registered nurse with First Peoples.

Janine Mohammed - Janine is the CEO of CATSINaM - The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Karen West - Karen has many years experience working as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

Share this article:

This article is from the free online course:

Safer Healthcare for Australia's First Peoples

Griffith University