Janet was born in Portland Vicrtoria and has been a resident of the EMR for the last 3 decades. Janet has been involved in a range of Aboriginal community organisations including Minajalku and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. Janet has served on several national and international committees developing policy and community development protocols. Janet is currently employed as the Aboriginal Equity Pathways officer at the Australian Catholic University - Jim-baa-yer Unit.
I am a proud Eastern Arrernte (Alice Springs) man that has lived in the Eastern Metropolitan area of Melbourne all my life. So I can call this place my home and community but my Culture and Stories come from the Centre. I am actively involved with the Aboriginal community in the EMR and also I sit on the Koorie Court as a respected elder.
I have been honoured to be in a leadership role in this community since 1995. Being on several committees and board of management structures.The community has given me strength and belonging over the years and with this knowledge and life experience I have been a strong advocate for their needs and aspirations.
Being in a position to be part of a team with Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) that provides a cultural, nurturing and clinical services those people that have been exposed to Family Violence gives me immense satisfaction.
Healing is a natural and cultural way of how we look after our people in a non-judgemental way that has positve outcomes.
Voluntary Board Member
- Peter Ruzyla -
CEO Eastern Access Community Health (EACH)
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of EACH Social and Community Health which provides a wide range of primary health care, mental health, counselling, disability and aged care-services across locations, primarily in the Eastern Melbourne region, but also interstate, NSW, ACT, QLD and Tasmania. EACH is also a provider and is a registered Housing Provider.
Peter has a background in Educational Psychology and Health Services Management, with wide experience in the education and health sector as a service provider, manager and policy advisor. Peter's governance experience includes having been Chair and Director of several not for profit organisations and peak bodies such as Care Connect, VHA, VICSERV, QICSA and is also currently a Director of VICSERV (peak body for mental health services) and Health Issues Centre. Peter has contributed over many years to a range of Advisory Committees and partnership development through the Victorian Primary Care Partnerships.