Office Position Held: Secretary
Term of Appointment: 3 Year Term (15 Nov 2017 – Current)

Christine is from the Badamia people of the Yamatji Nation. She was born and raised in Perth and has been a part of the Noongar community most of her life. She has had the great privilege of working alongside many strong Aboriginal men and women both here in Perth and throughout the state and country.

Christine graduated from Medicine in 2008 at the University of Western Australia with a MBBS. She has worked as a doctor at various tertiary hospitals in Perth including Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Osborne Park Hospital, Swan Districts, Hollywood Private Hospital and rural at Port Hedland Regional Hospital. Her passion for Aboriginal health began at an early age when she became an Aboriginal Health Worker. This experience set her on the path of understanding about health and health matters from a grass roots level. This taught her about the need for community controlled, primary health care approaches and that health and health care is more than just about the individual, it has to be inclusive of our families and our communities.

"committed to being a part of Wungening’s vision, strategic organisational planning and the development of culturally driven successful programmes for all our community"

Christine currently works as an academic at UWA. Christine sees the need to be linked into the community, because ultimately it is the community that is the driving force for developing and establishing best practice models of care and service delivery using a Cultural Framework. Christine also sits on committees within the university, and is currently on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee at Curtin University. She is a staunch advocate for Aboriginal students to enter tertiary education and committed to helping support these students to successfully completing their degrees in the health and health sciences arena.

Christine’s goal as a board member is to bring her professional and lived experiences to the table. As Aboriginal people, we have all felt the effects of substance overuse and the associated challenges it brings with and to our families, friends and communities.  She is committed to being a part of Wungening’s vision, strategic organisational planning and the development of culturally driven successful programmes for all our community.