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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’s background is as an 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 Executive Director of Higher Education and 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.

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, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), Sevenoaks College Follow the Dream Program and Chairperson of Langford Aboriginal Association in Perth.

Dr Steve Rogers AMRRIC Board Member

Dr Steve Rogers

Dr. Steve Rogers is the CEO of The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd (CfAT Ltd), an Aboriginal controlled not for profit company based in Alice Springs. An experienced company director currently holding Directorships with Ekistica Pty Ltd, CfAT Satellite Enterprises Pty Ltd, CfATMPJV Pty Ltd and Territory NRM. He has led the transition of CfAT Ltd from a government grant, block funded NGO to a sustainable commercial company, with a remit to deliver technology innovation required to stimulate economic development across remote Indigenous Australia.

Dr Alison Taylor AMRRIC Board Member

Dr Alison Taylor

Dr. Alison Taylor has been a practicing veterinarian for 20 years and has been a partner in a small animal practice in Canberra since 2004.  Alison has been involved in delivering animal (mainly dog) health programs in the Northern Territory since 2008.  Since 2010, she and the organisation that she co-founded have been providing the service consistently to the same 25 communities in the Barkly and Central Desert regions.  During this time, there has been much collaboration with AMRRIC.


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