Gillian Shaw BApp Sci (Health Education), MPH

Gillian has lived and worked in remote Indigenous communities for more than twenty years. She started working in health education, and spent several years working in remote health services and organisations aiming to tackle petrol sniffing and alcohol abuse in Central Australia. She was instrumental in introducing the use of Avgas as a substitute for petrol as a strategy to reduce petrol sniffing, and has worked for many years in evaluating the ongoing impact of the fuel substitution strategy. Gillian has also conducted numerous evaluation projects relating to substance misuse, youth programs and health and safety initiatives.  Her work has ranged across child rearing styles and their impact on health, youth related issues, community safety,  and Indigenous engagement and employment participation. She has excellent skills in the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, and in project management. Gillian has completed several landmark reports(see publications), most recently the Community Safety and Wellbeing Research Study in 2011.

Dr David Brooks BA Hons and PhD (Anthropology)

David has 30 years experience working as an anthropologist in remote Aboriginal Australia. His doctorate analyses the connection to country of the Ngaanyatjarra and Pintupi peoples. David was the principal researcher and preparer of two of the largest successful native title claims in Australia. He supervises the negotiations and the heritage research associated with exploration undertaken by mining companies over some 400,000 sq km of remote Australia. He has also undertaken extensive research and writing in the areas of remote area demography, indigenous art, family violence and youth affairs.