Role at MICRRH
Stephanie assists other academics, students and community members in the research of health related topics as identified by MICRRH and the community. As an Indigenous researcher she ensures that the research at MICRRH is culturally appropriate, ethical and takes Indigenous culture and practices into consideration.
Stephanie also occasionally assists with Cultural Awareness and Research Capacity Building activities.
Stephanie has held a number of roles since first starting at MICRRH in 2006, such as coordinating Student Placements as the Support Officer under Dr Louis Peachey, and becoming the Coordinator the Mount Isa Safe Community project.
Stephanie has acquired a strong community development background from having worked across a number of sectors such as mining, employment, training and health.
Stephanie has an Associate Degree in Indigenous Community Development and Management and in 2011 completed a Bachelor of Applied Sciences at Curtin University.
Professional and Community Roles
Stephanie has held a Directorship role on the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) Board for Mount Isa region since 2011. She passionate about ensuring that the organisation is helping to assist and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are victims of family violence and/or sexual assault in rural and remote communities.
Stephanie has previously held Directorship roles with Gidgee Healing and Young People Ahead (YPA).
Stephanie’s biggest achievement is being a parent to her son Franklin.
In 2014, Stephanie started on a personal journey towards addressing drug and alcohol issues in the community, by co-facilitating Community Yarning Circles. Those affected by drugs can share their stories and ideas in a safe, non- formal environment whilst being supported from a community/family level. This is additional support towards raising awareness of the dangers of drugs, advocating for additional needs and services, supporting those struggling with addiction and family and friends who are impacted by drugs.
In 2012, she completed the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation - TRAIL Course, followed by the Indigenous Community Youth Leadership Program, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Stephanie is also proud to have been an Australian Action Partner for the Oxfam International Youth Partnership from 2011-2013. As the youth representative for Mount Isa, she still maintains communication and support partners with projects.
She was nominated as an ambassador for the Queensland Government Deadly Stories Campaign 2012. This initiative symbolised the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the foundations of Queensland.