Anyinginyi is a Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation which is governed by a Board of Directors that are voted in by members of the organisation. The Board of Directors provide strategic direction for the Leadership Team and give a voice to all resident in the Barkly region to ensure the highest quality of primary health care is provided. Anyinginyi's day to day operations are managed by a Leadership Team with many varying qualifications and experiences.
Board of Directors
Sean Bahr-Kelly - Director
Sean grew up in Tennant Creek and is a Warumungu man. Tennant Creek is Sean’s hometown. Sean is involved in community, and is committed to Tennant Creek and feels privileged to be in a position to influence young people and the community for the better. Sean currently works for Barkly Regional Arts as Media Mob Coordinator. Sean is passionate about working in media it enables him to contribute positive messaging for Tennant Creek. Fortunately work projects takes Sean into Barkly communities. Sean is excited about being appointed to the Board as Anyinginyi is a great organisation. Sean attended his first Board meeting in June 2017. Sean recognises and appreciates the opportunity to be mentored by members of the Board and is thankful to the Board for this.
Kade Green - Director
Kade was born and bred in Tennant Creek and is a Warlmanpa man. Kade is one of Tennant Creek’s young and aspiring leaders. Kade completed the Human Rights Course with the University of New South Wales, graduating in September 2015. Doing this course inspired Kade to become an advocate about rights for my people, especially the young people of the Barkly Region. Kade was very interested in joining the Anyinginyi Board as he wanted to bring young people’s voice to the table. Kade attended his first Board meeting in May 2017. Kade is part of the Youth Leadership committee in Tennant Creek.
Joyce Taylor - Treasurer
A member of the Anyinginyi Board since 2014/2015, with prior elected terms with Anyinginyi, Joyce comes to the Board with many years of experience in health and Aboriginal Community representation. Joyce stands for client education to improve client health so that they learn about their sickness and how and why medication is important.
Noel Hayes - Director
Noel is a Kaytetye man living in Ali Curung Community and has been an Anyinginyi Board member since 2009. Noel has held numerous governance and positions of authority in both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal organisations. Noel is an active advocate for his community.
DS - Director
DS is a Warumungu and Warlmanpa woman. DS was elected to the Anyinginyi Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. DS speaks her traditional languages and also speaks Alyawarre and Warlpiri languages. DS is a member of other local organisations and involved with the community groups, including; Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Patta Group and the Central Land Council Ranger Program. DS is passionate about youth affairs and advocates strongly on their behalf for a better future.
Duane Fraser - Director
Duane is a Bidjarra man and was born in Winton, Queensland but has been living in the Barkly for the majority of his life. Duane has been on the Anyinginyi Board for the past nine years and has been heavily involved with community development, including being a major driver of NAIDOC Week events and involvement in the Barkly AFL. Duane is currently employed as the Indigenous Engagement Officer for the Indigenous Coordination Centre. Duane has also previously worked as the Team Leader for Anyinginyi’s Piliyintinji-Ki Men’s Centre and for the Council of Elders and Respected People (CERP).
William Walker - Secretary
William was appointed to the Anyinginyi Board of Directors in 2014. William believes that Anyinginyi is an organisation committed to the health and wellbeing of the local people in the Barkly Region. William, who is part of the Stolen Generation, came to Tennant Creek in 2008 to meet his Grandfather’s people. William’s Grandfather and his sister were taken from the Barkly Region and placed in Cherbourg in Queensland, sadly William’s Grandfather and Great Aunt were never able to return to the Northern Territory. William brings to the Anyinginyi Management Board 15 years’ of experience working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. For the past six years, Williams has been employed as the BRADAAG Residential Rehabilitation and Outreach Program Manager.
Mary James - Deputy Chairperson
MARNJI NAPANANGKA-NAPANGARDI JAMES Marnji is a Warlpiri woman originally from Ali Curung and currently resides at Elliott, representing Elliott and Marlinja on the Anyinginyi Board of Directors. Marnji’s traditional country is Ngarnarlkurru, near the Lander River in the Tanami Desert area. Marnji has been on the Anyinginyi Board since 2004 and brings a wealth of community knowledge. Marnji has extensive experience in the health sector, working as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner for over 30 years.
Pat Braun - Chairperson
Pat has served as a Director of the Anyinginyi Board for the past nine years. Pat was born in Tennant Creek, her mother a Warumungu woman and her father an Arrernte man. Pat comes to the Board with 30 years of experience as a health worker for the Department of Health. Pat became a Director to give her community a voice, to represent her people and be involved in community events.
Barbara Shaw - General Manager
With tertiary qualifications in management and health, Barb has vast experience with both the public and private sectors. She worked for Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation in Tennant Creek for a number of years before resigning in December 2012 to take on her role as President of the Barkly Regional Council fulltime. Barb was re-appointed to the Anyinginyi General Manager position in April 2015. Barb served as a councillor for the Barkly Regional Council since amalgamations in 2008 and was elected by popular vote to the position of President at the 24 March 2012 local government elections. She was also elected to the executive of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) in May 2012. Over the years, Barb has held a range of memberships on boards and committees across the government and non-government sectors, including the chair of the former Barkly Regional Development board and co-chair of the Shire’s Financial Sustainability Review Taskforce in 2012, ministerial appointed as a member of the Regional Economic Development Committee for Tennant Creek and the Barkly region. Currently from February 2014 Barb was appointed by the NT Government as chair of the Tennant Creek Regional Alcohol Reference Group (ARG). She has recently taken up an appointment to the Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council (VCIAC) for Charles Darwin University. Representing Anyinginyi Barb is currently an executive member of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT. Barb has spent the last 20 years living and working in the Barkly region. She is both passionate about and committed to community and regional development and believes change can only occur through meaningful community relations.
Clarissa Burgen - Corporate Services Section Manager
Clarissa has lived in Tennant Creek since 1988 and is of Wannyi descent. She has worked at Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation since June 2004 and has a 20 year history in Aboriginal Affairs in the Barkly Region predominately in securing funds for needed project in the areas of housing, health and management. Clarissa has worked on Commonwealth and State level projects and supports local bodies in bettering the Barkly.
Marie Murfet - Health Services Section Manager
Marie is a Jingili/Mudburra woman. Marie was born in Alice Springs but spent most of her growing up years in Darwin. Marie has been in management positions for many years, in both community based and government environments, working for many years in the Department of Justice in Victoria in areas that provided great opportunity to promote and support equitable access to programs and services aimed to enhance the physical and mental health and wellbeing, education and rehabilitation of Aboriginal people. Marie continues to advocate for Aboriginal people, finding her place in Tennant Creek firstly as the Section Manager of Piliyintinji-ki Stronger Families (the cultural hub of the organisation) and now as the Manager of the Health Services Section. The focus for Marie is particularly around good health, wellbeing, capacity building and empowerment of Aboriginal clients and staff and it is important to her to be responsive; to work within the cultural framework of the organisation; to educate and promote avenues for two-way learning; to support and actively encourage self-care, healing and opportunities for better lifestyle choices for the community she services. Marie will complete her Master in Public Health in 2018 with a view to better inform and work to finding ways to address the social determinants that impact on health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people such as housing, education and employment.