Uncle Ray Leslie is a Gamilaroi man and Elder in Western Sydney. He has over 40 years of experience working in Aboriginal Affairs across New South Wales including a substantial part of his career committed to working (often unpaid) with Aboriginal peoples and communities in Western Sydney. Career highlights include being the first Chairperson for the Aboriginal Medical Service in Mount Druitt in 1986, the first Aboriginal person to stand for a major political party in Australia for the seat of Parkes Federal Election, the successful lobbying to the Dominican Sisters and Government Departments for funding and creation of a tertiary hostel for Indigenous University and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students in Bathurst NSW, numerous Chairperson and member roles of committees including employment, education, health, housing and justice including circle sentencing and prisoner rehabilitation.
Of particular note was Uncle Ray’s five years service with the Home and Community Care State Advisory Committee and being the NSW representative on the National Management and Training manual package. He was also instrumental in developing services for Aboriginal Home Care for the Central Orana Far Western NSW. He also served on two TAFE boards in Bathurst and Mount Druitt.
Uncle Ray is currently serving as a 25 year volunteer on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for Housing/FACS in Western Sydney. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work with Aboriginal peoples and communities and in 2017 was nominated for Australian of the Year.
Uncle Ray visits KRMC every Wednesday. Sitting in Coffee 36, he welcomes everyone to come and yarn with him about matters health-related or otherwise.
Uncle Ray is a member of the KRMC Aboriginal Advisory Committee and is a proud supporter of the Rabbitohs.
Dr. Lana Leslie-Henfling, Aboriginal Engagement Consultant
Lana is a Gamilaroi woman. Lana has extensive and varied experience in Aboriginal higher education, Aboriginal research and community development, specifically in the areas of sport and recreation. She has lectured at universities since 2007 teaching various topics such as Indigenous research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and social work, frameworks to understand and address cultural issues, Indigenous community development, health inequalities and Indigenous leadership. She is currently teaching in the School of Allied Health at Australian Catholic University in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Social Work Practice. She is also a regular invited guest speaker and keynote speaker at universities and conferences.
Lana holds a PhD in Human Geography from Macquarie University focussing on the physical activity experiences of older Gamilaroi people; a Master of Social Science in Leisure Sciences from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Social Science in Leisure and Sports Science from Edith Cowan University.
Lana's work with KRMC focuses on Aboriginal engagement. She is Chair of the KRMC Aborginal Advisory Committee.
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Vanessa is a member of the KRMC Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
Dolie Ufi, Aboriginal Health Support Worker
Dolie is an Aboriginal Gamilaroi Tongan woman.
She holds a Diploma in Leadership & Management, a Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate in Community from NSW TAFE and is in the process of completing her Certificate in Primary Healthcare with the Aboriginal Health College. Dolie focuses on improving access to KRMC's services for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She will become KRMC's first Aboriginal Health Practitioner in 2018.
Dolie is a member of the KRMC Aboriginal Advisory Committee.