Project Steering Group
The following members are part of the Project Steering Group:
L-R top row: Kerry Woods, Digby Mercer, Carol Wynne. L-R bottom row: Kylie Clarke, Nick Wilson and Vanessa Murdoch.
Kerry Woods (Everett) is a Palawa woman from the Plangermairreenner community of the Ben Lomond people, a clan of the Cape Portland nation in North-East coast Tasmania. Kerry has been living and working in Noongar country for the past 22 years and Yawuru county in the Kimberley for 2 of those years. Kerry has been working in Aboriginal health for the last 30 years in various roles - from working in the field, in various management roles and now in her current role as Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator for Lions Outback Vision. Kerry has expertise in community engagement, health promotion, and developed resources and strategies to promote improved health outcomes across WA.
Kylie Clarke is a proud Gunditjmara, Wotjobaluk, Ngarrindjeri and Buandig womxn. She was born on Wadawurrung Country, where she currently lives. Kylie’s contribution to the Steering Group draws from her leadership in community engagement programs and advocacy - in education, the arts and in health careers. She continues to live by Weenthunga Health Network’s values in her interactions: ‘Respect’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Reciprocity’ and ‘Responsibility’, by Aunty Steph Armstrong. As an aspiring optometrist, Kylie feels a responsibility to hold space for mob in the journey towards creating meaningful eye health promotion; to further ‘close the gap for vision’.
Digby Mercer is a proud Gadigal man of the Eora Nation from Northern NSW who lives and works on Wurundjeri Country. Digby an Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer for IEHU and is co-lead on this project where he hopes to contribute by fusing his experience and interests in the creative arts industry to develop engaging and empowering resources to encourage better eye care for First Nations Australians.
Vanessa Murdoch is a proud and strong Kullilli and Wakka Wakka woman from Queensland who lives and works on Woi Wurrung Country in Victoria. Vanessa is an Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer in the Ngarrang Gulinj-al Boordup Team at EACH (Community & Social Health) since 2014. Vanessa represents EACH on the Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne Aboriginal Eye Health Regional Stakeholder Group and is actively involved in both promoting the importance of eye health and supporting access to eyecare services through the Bunjils Mirring Nganga-djak project.
Nick is a proud Ngarrindjeri man and is originally from South Australia. Nick studied graphic design at university and has a keen interest in all things creative. From his time working as Marketing and Communications Officer with IEHU he has been involved in the ongoing implementation of the trachoma ‘Clean Faces, Strong Eyes’ and diabetes ‘Check Today, See Tomorrow’ health promotion campaigns. Nick is excited to contribute to the development of the new eye health promotion resources and is particularly interested in how they can be utilised in the digital and social media space.
Carol was born in Ireland and has been working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the Northern Territory and Victoria since she arrived in Australia almost 15 years ago. Carol joined IEHU in 2014 as Translation Research Scholar - Health Promotion and in 2015 she facilitated the development of the ‘Check Today, See Tomorrow’ diabetes eye care resources. As co-lead on this project she is excited to contribute her skills and knowledge of grassroots community development, health promotion and health system reform. She is looking forward to learning from and being further enriched by the knowledge and diversity of those involved in this exciting work.