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AMRRIC's elected Board is made up of a wide range of people, from both veterinary and environmental health, tertiary institution staff and private and corporate sector members.

Dr Peter Stephenson AMRRIC Board Member

Dr Peter Stephenson


Dr Stephenson is an experienced environmental health practitioner and tertiary educator with research and professional interests in environmental health policy and practice, including Indigenous communities’ capacity building, professional education and curriculum development. Peter is currently Head of Research at the NT Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Kate Blaszak AMRRIC board member

Dr Kate Blaszak

Vice President

Kate is a Global Advisor at World Animal Protection.  She is based in Melbourne and travels often to Asia where she previously managed World Animal Protection's regional companion and working animal programmes, with a focus on dog welfare, rabies and population management. Kate brings a broad range of animal welfare and one health project, policy, training and management experience. She is committed to serving local communities and their animals.

Ann-Margaret Withers AMRRIC Board Member

Dr Ann-Margret Withers


Dr Ann-Margret Withers is the Programs Veterinarian for RSPCA NSW. She has been involved in developing and delivering community companion animal health programs for RSPCA for the past nine years. This includes Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS), a subsidised desexing scheme for the pets of pensioners and low income earners in rural areas, as well as programs in most remote Aboriginal communities in NSW. She has also been involved in similar programs overseas. She is very interested in the link between animal and human, health and welfare. 

Ted Donelen AMRRIC Board Member

Dr Ted Donelan

Dr Ted Donelan is a veterinarian based in Melbourne, where he has been running his own private practices for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Veterinary Association, a Senior Academic Associate of the University of Melbourne and Life Member of RSPCA Victoria. Ted has a long history of involvement in animal welfare and animal management policy planning and implementation at local, state and national levels. He has also had decades of interest in indigenous affairs.

For the past ten years Ted has provided a veterinary service including a comprehensive dog health program to the remote indigenous community of Maningrida, which with its outstations encompasses and area of some 10,000 square kilometers in Arnhem Land. Following these interests, it was a natural progression to involvement in Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities. 

Rosalie Shultz AMRRIC board member

Dr Rosalie Schultz

Rosalie grew up in Perth, and has lived and worked as a medical doctor throughout the NT since 1997. She has also ventured to work in rural Solomon Islands and East Timor. She has specialised training in public health and general practice. Rosalie believes that health arises from how people live. She would like to see promotion of children’s well-being, quality education, employment, housing and transport. She sees animal and human well-being as interconnected, and believes in the fundamental importance of ecosystems and the environment. 

Sabina Shugg

Sabina Shugg AM

Sabina is a mining engineer working in the field of management consulting. In her early twenties she returned to Kalgoorlie and worked in the mining industry for a few years before studying Mining Engineering at the WA School of Mines. She has since had a varied career working in operational and management roles in various parts of WA and the NT and these days primarily works in Perth. Sabina has an MBA from UWA. In 2003 Sabina started WIMWA (Women in Mining and Resources WA) which is a networking group for women in the resources sector.

Christine Ross

Christine Ross

Christine Ross is an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman who was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Darwin. She moved to Perth in 2002.

Christine’s career began as a teacher she spent several years teaching in the NT where she was employed by the NT Department of Education for 14 Years, which included 4 years as the Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Support Unit.  She was the General Manager of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs in 1999- 2001.  Christine was employed by the WA Department of Education in 2005 – 2011 as the Senior Consultant Aboriginal Employment. During this period she was also seconded for 2 years 2009 – 2011 to Burswood Entertainment Complex (now Crown Perth) as the Aboriginal Program Coordinator.

Christine has worked in the Resource Sector of WA for a number of years both as Indigenous Employment Superintendent in 2011 with Leighton Contractors Mining Division and the former Manager of Indigenous Relations for Laing O’Rourke.  Christine is still based in Perth and works part time as the Indigenous and Diversity Manager at the AROONA Alliance as well as the Managing Director of her own Consultancy specialising in Indigenous Employment Programs, Training, Mentoring and Facilitating Indigenous Conferences and Forums.

Christine is a member of several Boards including the Indigenous Woman in Business Australia, Australian Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), Sevenoaks College Follow the Dream Program and Chairperson of Langford Aboriginal Association in Perth.

Professor Adrian Miller

Professor Adrian Miller

Adrian is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. Professor Miller brings strong leadership experience combined with a proven capacity for achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous communities in health and education. The highly collaborative manner in which he has undertaken research has contributed to intellectual and methodological developments in health and education fields.  


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