RAHC Board

Chair

Pat Anderson AO, Chair of the Lowitja Institute

Pat Anderson AO, RAHC Chair

An Aboriginal advocate for social justice and tireless campaigner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, Ms Pat Anderson AO, is the Chair of Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC).

Ms Anderson is recognised nationally and internationally for her leadership on health, education and the protection and nurture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  She is also the Chair of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

An Alyawarre woman, Ms Anderson’s mother was part of the Stolen Generations. Ms Anderson grew up in Parap Camp in Darwin in the Northern Territory, before leaving in the 1960s to travel and work in the UK, the Netherlands and Israel.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Ms Anderson worked in Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria as part of the movement advocating for improved education for Aboriginal children. Since the mid-1990s she has been a national leader in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, with a particular focus on the rights and needs of children, the importance of education, and the need for genuine reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. In 2007, together with Mr Rex Wild, QC, Ms Anderson authored the Little Children Are Sacred report.

Among her many senior roles in public health and education, Ms Anderson was a founder of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health in 1997. She has played a leading national role in building collaborative relationships between researchers, Aboriginal communities, policy makers and health service providers.
 

Board Members

Glenn Keys AO, Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical 

Glenn Keys AO, RAHC Board Member

Glenn Keys is the Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical. Glenn’s career covers a broad range of businesses, from start-ups to US multinationals. After a distinguished career in the Australian Army, where he covered a range of tasks, from test flying to managing all elements of the logistics support for Army aircraft, Glenn was responsible for the establishment of a number of new businesses, either as start-ups or as new business units in global corporations. Glenn has worked in a number of international locations, including Europe, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Glenn’s focus on customer service, coupled with detailed project management, has led to the success of a broad range of ventures.

Glenn also has a strong sense of community involvement, working closely with organisations such as the ACT Down Syndrome Association, BLITS and the Special Olympics ACT Region. Glenn is the founder and Chairman of Project Independence, a social housing development for people with an intellectual disability.

Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, and the International Test Pilots School in the UK, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He also sits on a number of Boards, including the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Janine Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of the Lowitja Institute 

Janine Mohamed, Board member of the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC)

Janine Mohamed, a Kaurna Narrunga woman from South Australia, Janine has deep expertise and experience in how to work towards the improvement of  healthcare and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a former nurse and CEO of Lowitja Institute, Janine is an advocate for the unique and powerful roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals have in the health system and their communities, as agents of change.

Her leadership and work is informed by principles of health equity and justice, and she has a passionate commitment to working towards health systems that are culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, health professionals and employees. A graduate of the University of South Australia, where she now holds an adjunct position, Janine has sound clinical experience, as well as in research, policy and project leadership. Janine has also worked in senior positions for both the AHCSA and NACCHO, contributed to the establishment of the Close the Gap campaign, the NATSIHWA and was a member of an Indigenous peoples’ delegation that participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2011 and 2012.

Janine is the national chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Leadership Forum and Co-chairs Janine the Commonwealth Governments Indigenous Implementation Plan Advisory Group. Janine is a strong advocate for self-determination and the community-controlled health sector, which she believes offers the best model of health care for all Australia.

Erin Lew Fatt, Program Manager at the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT)

Erin Lew Fatt, Board Member of Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC)

Erin Lew Fatt is an Aboriginal woman from Darwin who has been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 19 years. Erin is the Program Manager at the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), managing workforce policy, chronic disease workforce support, leadership and Digital Health for AMSANT and its members.

Previous roles prior to AMSANT included working at Danila Dilba Health Service and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, mainly in executive support, education and training and governance roles. Erin holds tertiary qualifications in Business and Project Management and is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science through Charles Darwin University.

Annette Owttrim RN, General Manger - Health Solutions at Aspen Medical

CSM, MBA, BApp Sc (Nursing), FACHSM, GAICD
Annette Owtrim, RAHC Board Member Annette Owttrim is the General Manager – Health Solutions at Aspen Medical and has high-level expertise in developing innovative health solutions for projects in remote and austere environments in Australia and overseas. Annette is a Registered Nurse and her clinical experience ranges across trauma, intensive care, general and community nursing.

In addition, Annette has an extensive understanding of Indigenous health issues and service delivery. She has been involved with RAHC since the original tender process in 2008.