Weenthunga Health Network


Weenthunga Health Network is contributing to health equity for First Nations people in Victoria through: 

  • Increasing the Aboriginal health workforce
  • Advocating for anti-racism and decolonising within the health and education sectors
  • Embedding and valuing First Nations' knowledge and practice, and
  • Ensuring better understanding and practice of health professionals to improve experiences, care and outcomes for First Nations people and communities 


Artwork: Connecting through Conversation by Shawana Andrews

The flames represent the campfire, a focal point for sharing knowledge and listening. The circles represent communities, which have an abundance of knowledge to share.

About Us


Our unique Aboriginal-led networking model values two-way collaboration, and is underpinned by relationships, respect, reciprocity and responsibility. Weenthunga takes a holistic view of health, valuing First Nations knowledge from the outset by seeing the whole self. This is a much more integrated approach to health and wellbeing than commonly underpins the Western biomedical model and as such, mainstream health services.


Weenthunga in Woiwurrung means “hear / understand”.


Services / Programs


Cultural safety and critical consciousness: Transforming individual’s and organisations’ mindsets through unpacking discomfort, power, privilege, racism, justice issues, decolonising and more. A personal, professional and organisational development opportunity.



Aunty’s voice: Acknowledging the wisdom and knowledge of senior Aboriginal women and ensuring Aunty’s voice is amplified in health and education spaces.


 
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Nyarrn-gakgo mangkie: Backing First Nations young women who are passionately pursuing a career in health; from their senior secondary years and beyond.


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VAHENonline: Encouraging and supporting collaboration between health academics and disciplines across Victorian Universities. Working to address absent, inadequate and/or racist curriculum content about First Nations people.


 

Member support


Connecting like-minded health professionals and students who contribute to keeping Weenthunga’s flames burning brightly.


If you’re interested in becoming a Member, please click here.

People


Committee


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Mikaela Egan 

President

Founder of The Wellbeing Connexion, a photographer and Aboriginal Community Development worker and Aboriginal Nutrition Promotion Officer (see: https://www.makiegan.com/)

First Nations: Muthi Muthi/Gunditjmara

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Kevan Horder 

Vice President

Manager of Chronic Care Unit, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative

First Nations: Kooma and Guamu decendant SW Queensland

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Glenn Milliken

Treasurer

Project Management Officer, Telstra

First Nations: Kamilaroi

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Kerrie Thomsen

Committee Member

Occupational Therapist/ Art Therapist

First Nations: Butchulla (Badjtala)/Gubbi Gubbi

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Carol Mioduchowski

Committee Member

Podiatrist, North Area Health. Manager – Barwon Health Community Health and Rehabilitation Services

Australian

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Meg Irwin 

Committee Member

Speech Pathologist, Bendigo Health

Australian

Staff


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Samantha Paxton 

Durrong Ngulu/ Program Leader, Melbourne Nyarrn-gagko mangkie Program

First Nations: Waywurru

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Erin McKinnon 

Durrong Ngulu

Australian


Steff Armstrong 

Aunty

First Nations: Gamilaraay

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Lin Oke 

Executive Assistant to Aunty Steff

Australian

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Kylie Clarke

Program Leader, Geelong Nyarrn-gagko mangkie Program

First Nations: Gunditjmara, Wotjobaluk and Ngarrindjeri

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Kylie Fox

Collaborator, Geelong Nyarrn-gagko mangkie

Australian

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Ashley Paxton

VAHEN Project Leader

First Nations: Waywurru

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Danielle Amiet

VAHENonline Collaborator

Australian


Arkeria Armstrong

Program Leader, Bendigo Nyarrn-gagko mangkie Program

First Nations: Gamilaraay

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Sarah Stoller

Operations Manager

Australian

 
 

Contact Us

You can also contact us at our email: info@weenthunga.com.au