Influential leaders valuing collective knowledges toward better health and wellbeing outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples
The First Peoples Health Unit leads the implementation of the Griffith Health First Peoples Health Plan 2016 – 2022.
The Plan expands on the strategic plan specific to Griffith Health’s commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Australia’s First Peoples and other Australians, aligning the First Peoples Health Plan with the Griffith University and Griffith Health Planning Frameworks.
The First Peoples Health Unit aims to compliment the activities of Griffith University, the GUMURRII Indigenous Education Support Unit, the Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships; and the Indigenous Research Unit.
Key focus areas
Learning and Teaching
Enhance First Peoples student and staff success and transform Non-First Peoples student and staff experience in First Peoples Health
Contribute to Griffith University's development as a University of Influence in improving the health outcomes for First Peoples communities
Engaging First Peoples staff, students and communities to be a University of Influence in First Peoples Health
First Peoples Health business to be sustainable
Initiate partnerships in First Peoples Health by contributing to the University's growing international reputation for excellence
Aspirations to Health Programs
The program aims to build aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students and inspiring and empowering them to consider University as a possibility. Join us in 2018. We are seeking enthusiastic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students who want a career in health to participate in our next First Peoples aspirations to Health Programs.
Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumni
2017 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus
Rochelle Pitt graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Griffith University in 1996. As a Renal Care Nurse and Coordinator, Rochelle has made outstanding contributions to Aboriginal communities. For over 25 years, Rochelle has integrated her music and work to support personal and community health.
Dr Vanessa Lee
In 2016, Vanessa Lee graduated from the Griffith University School of medicine as its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public health PhD graduate.
Dr Michael Baker
Dentistry graduate Dr Michael Baker is using his education to support better oral health in Indigenous communities through his own dental practice.
Dr Samarra Toby
Dr Toby completed her medical degree in 2008 and is now based in Rockhampton, where she is fulfilling her ambition to make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Postgraduate research support
The Indigenous Research Unit supports development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and higher degree researchers and their projects.
Council of Elders
Griffith University's Council of Elders works to empower and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. The Council also promotes a spirit of reconciliation and respect.
Community engagement, policy and partnerships
The Office of ICEPP provides the University advice on Indigenous higher education and works on initiatives that contribute to the spiritual, social, emotional, economic and educational wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.