Laura Thompson is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is an experienced and respected leader in Aboriginal Health and in Health Promotion. With 20 years' experience, a Masters of Public Health and a Business and Education background, Laura has led numerous successful health promotion initiatives in the Aboriginal Community. Many of which, have been recognised as being the gold standard.
The "Coach" Program received the 2016 Minister's Award for Early Years Education and another three projects led by Laura, have been finalists at the VicHealth Health Promotion Awards! Including, #HerTribe Aboriginal women's health and empowerment program that received the highly commended award at the 2017 VicHealth Awards for 'improving mental health and wellbeing'.
Laura is a strong advocate for public health initiatives and healthy environments and was part of the 2018 Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is also appointed (2019-2021) on both the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Committee and Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus.
Jaynaya Winmar General Manager of Indigenous Engagement at the AIA Group.
She’s a proud Noongar/Balladong woman from Quairading in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
She has consulted on the development of strategic Indigenous Procurement Policies and Engagement Plans, assisting with the engagement of State and Federal government Social Procurement Frameworks and National Procurement Strategies.
After working with the AFL and Reconciliation Australia as the AFL’s Reconciliation Action Plan Program Manager Jaynaya effectively consulted on assisting with the meaningful initiatives for sustainable reconciliation vision development. This was after spending almost 15 years in Employment and Recruitment Industry at Max Employment to understanding the labour force market trends and skills in demand analysis.
Jaynaya is also an expert net-worker who is always looking to assist her large network with connecting to each other to strengthen the business connections for everyone.
Owner/Founder - Blakbone Sistahood
Supply Nation Member- Blakbone Sistahood
Kinaway Member- Blakbone Sistahood
Women in Board Leadership- Leadership Victoria
Diversity Mentoring (Indigenous) – Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
Global Ambassador – Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources
Board Member – National Indigenous Cultural
From a farming Community in North Central Victoria, Sarah is a firm believer in small changes making big differences! For Sarah, health is personal with her own lifestyle change giving her a new lease on life! 55kg lighter and three marathons later, she loves sharing her passion for health and wellbeing with Community in new and exciting ways. Since 2010, Sarah has been working in both regional and metropolitan Aboriginal Medical Services in Community Engagement and Health Promotion.
With a double degree in Health Science and International Development and a certified Personal Trainer, Sarah has experience in facilitating, developing, leading and implementing a wide range of health promotion projects; from playgroups to prisons.
Sarah was among the inaugural cohort for the DHSS and Leadership Victoria's Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders Program and a Board Associate with the Inner North Community Foundation in 2019.
As a non-Indigenous person working in Aboriginal health and business she is an advocate for change and an example of reconciliation in action.
Driven by the opportunity to create impact, Sarah is dedicated to seeing systematic reform created at the highest levels to see change in inclusion, reconciliation and health.