The KRMC Aboriginal Advisory Committee meets regularly to discuss ways in which the Centre can engage with the local Aboriginal community.
This includes exploring ways to extend health services into the community, encouraging Aboriginal people to register with a GP and to consult regularly with that GP in order to manage any health issues they may be having. KRMC is also in the process of setting up outreach programs with local Aboriginal services.
Apart from the area of health, the Committee looks at ways the Centre can help empower Aboriginal people, especially youth and is working on a few of these projects at the moment.
Chair: Dr. Lana Leslie-Henfling,PhD, MSoc Sci, BSoc Sci, Aboriginal Engagement Consultant KRMC
Vanessa Dennis, Receptionist KRMC
Dr. Phil Humphris, MBBS, MIPH, FRACGP, GP KRMC
Uncle Ray Leslie, GamilaroiAboriginal elder
Berni Rushton, BA (Hons), Business Development Director KRMC
Chris Rushton, BCom, LLB, Director KRMC
Peter Rushton, BPharm, CEO KRMC
Leanne Topolski, Practice Manager KRMC
Dolie Ufi, Aboriginal Health Support Worker KRMC
Dr Lana Leslie-Henfling, PhD, MSoc Sci, BSoc Sci,Chair
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 is working with KRMC focusing on Aboriginal engagement.
Vanessa Dennis, Receptionist, KRMC - more information coming soon
Dr. Phil Humphris, MBBS, MIPH, FRACGP, GP, KRMC
Dr. Humphris studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Sydney and followed this with several years in hospital-based medicine. In addition, he holds a Masters in International Public Health. Dr. Humphris has worked as the Medical Officer in many remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia and will take regular time out from KRMC to continue working with these communities. He has also undertaken extensive humanitarian work in Ethiopia, the Middle East, Sudan and other regions, is a Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres and is also Chair of the Musculoskeletal Editorial Working Group of the Remote Primary Health Care Manual (RPHCM), Central Australia.
Interests: the health of Aboriginal people, migrant health and chronic disease management.
Clinics: KRMC Clean Slate Clinic. Click here to read more about the KRMC Clean Slate Clinic.
KRMC Aboriginal Advisory Committee: lead GP
KRMC Corporate Health Service: Early intervention consults, WorkCover and general medicals.
Uncle Ray Leslie, GamilaroiAboriginal Elder
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.
Berni Rushton, BA (Hons), Business Development Director
Berni studied at The University of Manchester and the College of Law, London. Her commercial knowledge and marketing experience assist Berni in promoting KRMC®'s services within the Blacktown community and further afield. Berni writes and updates all of KRMC®'s promotional material, including website content, and oversees KRMC®’s social media platforms. She is involved in all new initiatives within the business, including our Corporate Health Service, the setting up and operation of Clinics and the organisation of our free Community Education Program. Berni works on establishing links with local schools, sports and community clubs in terms of advertising, presentations and sponsorship. She also liaises with local healthcare bodies to ensure that KRMC®'s continued involvement in western Sydney's healthcare services is both appropriate to the local demographic and meets the ever changing demand for new and integrated services. Berni is currently overseeing KRMC's White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation.
Berni is a proud supporter of the GWS Giants.
Chris Rushton,BCom, LLB, Director
Chris studied at the University of New South Wales and holds joint degrees in law and commerce. He has many years’ experience in the commercial sector, having been a partner in an international law firm for over twenty years. Chris brings extensive business and managerial knowledge to KRMC® and possesses unique skills to assist in the continued expansion of KRMC®’s services.
Chris is a proud supporter of the Waratahs.
Peter Rushton, BPharm, CEO
Having worked in Blacktown for over twenty-five years, Peter has built up enduring relationships with many members of the community and has an unrivalled knowledge of the healthcare needs of Blacktown City. He was instrumental in the establishment of KRMC®. Peter works closely with our doctors, allied health professionals and nurses, ensuring that the Centre's facilities and services allow them to provide their patients with optimum care. Peter also works in conjunction with a number of healthcare bodies with the aim of developing new health initiatives and heightening the quality of medical services available to the community.
Peter is a proud supporter of the Parramatta Eels.
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.