Aboriginal Leadership Group

The MACH is committed to supporting Indigenous health as a research priority, and building capacity among Indigenous researchers as part of its national work with the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).


Incredible research of all varieties underway across its partner sites includes work in data sovereignty, genomics, infectious diseases, eye health, and childhood development.

An Indigenous Health Committee began its work in May 2018 by mapping the breadth of research and practice being done across its 18 partner sites (see May 2018 infographic at left). The mapping highlights MACH network’s incredible capacity to address the most pressing priorities affecting the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. 

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In November 2018, we held our first MACH Indigenous health research day, entitled "Hearing Our Voices: The Importance of Community Engagement and Innovation in Indigenous Health Research", which brought together over 150 academics, students, allied health workers and community partners from across Victoria and Australia in collaboration and celebration. 

The day also enabled us to hear from Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers about their work, their motivation and their dedication to Indigenous health research in video form.

You can explore the MACH videography project here.

In 2020,  the Committee became the Aboriginal Leadership Group (ALG), an advisory Committee of the MACH Board.

Aboriginal Leadership Group

Members and Priorities

The ALG is an advisory committee of the MACH Board to ensure that cultural safety for Aboriginal researchers and communities are a MACH-wide priority. The committee ensures that MACH continues its focus on furthering culturally safe healthcare and health research pertaining to Victorian Aboriginal communities, who are the primary communities represented in the MACH Network.


  • Chair: A/Prof Luke Burchill

  • Ms Shawana Andrews

  • A/Prof. Lilon Bandler

  • Mr. Shayne Bellingham

  • Dr. Ngaree Blow

  • Ms. Inala Cooper

  • Mr. Eddie Cubillo

  • Mr. Josh Cubillo

  • Dr. Angela Dos Santos

  • Ms. Gabrielle Ebsworth

  • Dr. Jacara Egan

  • Dr. Graham Gee

  • Dr. Glen Harrison

  • A/Prof Misty Jenkins

  • Miss. Jacynta Krakouer

  • Ms. Jo Luke

  • Dr. Lyndon Ormond-Parker

  • Mr. Warwick Pagdham

  • Mr. Alister Thorpe

The ALG will have oversight of the MACH Strategy in relation to its application to the Aboriginal community and will advise the MACH Board accordingly on issues of cultural safety, community engagement and strategic collaboration central to its consideration. MACH is also represented at the national-level Australian Health Research Alliance's Indigenous Research Network (IRNet) and Capacity Building group by the ALG Chair, A/Prof Luke Burchill.


Priorities of the ALG include:


  • Advancing the cultural safety, quality and impact of Victorian Aboriginal healthcare and health research (particularly that arising from the MACH Network and its hospital affiliates)

  • Identifying opportunities for Aboriginal leadership, governance, capability and capacity building within health care and health research across MACH partners

  • Identifying opportunities to integrate Aboriginal priorities for health care and health research

  • Developing strong partnerships with the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA), the Indigenous Research(er) Capacity Building Network (IRNet) and the Indigenous Health Research Fund

  • Providing strategic advice to the MACH Network on Victorian Aboriginal community needs and priorities

  • Working with the other Victorian translational centres, Monash Partners and Western Alliance, and AHRA to influence Aboriginal health policy at a state and federal level.

For more information please contact Ms  Michelle Iddles  



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