Rob Currry


I have spent much of my working life as a physiotherapist and health programs manager in remote Aboriginal health care in the north of Australia.  My particular skills and experience lie in the areas of cross cultural primary health care planning and program management in the context of rural and remote health care. My approach to working in rural and remote health has been influenced by the international philosophy of Primary Health Care and the Australian model of Aboriginal community controlled health service delivery.

From 2001 to 2004 I was Programs Manager with the Tiwi Health Board on the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin where my principle roles were focused on health promotion and environmental health.  For a decade from 2004 I was employed with the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) where program management in the areas of workforce support, quality and accreditation, chronic disease prevention and public health policy development were major responsibilities.  In these capacities I helped to secure funding for expanded programs of support for the Aboriginal community controlled sector in the NT.

After 30 years in the Top End I relocated to Ellenborough near Port Macquarie in 2013 where i now have a position supporting the Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority, and also undertake small projects as a private health consultant.


  • Batchelor of Applied Science: Physiotherapy – 1980 (Lincoln Institute, Vic)
  • Grad dip Aboriginal Studies – 1990 (SA College of Advanced Education)
  • Masters of Science, Primary Health Care – 2000 (Flinders University)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors certificate – 2013

Current Employment

Operations Manager, Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority

Current Honorary Positions

  • Current member and past director of Australian Physiotherapy Association (2005-09)
  • Current Chair of SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health)
  • Founding member and current director of North Coast Allied Health Association, NSW

 Passed Employment

  • 1981-82: Mount Royal Rehabilitation Unit – staff physiotherapist
  • 1982-83: Cleve District Health Services, SA – community physiotherapist
  • 1983-84: Katherine District Hospital, NT – sole physiotherapist
  • 1985-89: Royal Darwin Hospital – rotation physiotherapist
  • 1988-89: Royal Darwin Hospital – chief physiotherapist
  • 1989-98: Top End Remote Health Services – outreach physiotherapist
  • !998-99: NT Health Dept – special projects
  • 2000-01: NT Health Staff Development: remote health officer
  • 2001-04: Tiwi Health Board, Tiwi Islands – Programs Manager
  • 2004-13: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of NT – Various roles including programs manager and acting CEO
  • 2013-current: Private health consultant
  • 2017-current: Operations Manager, Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority, NSW

Recent Projects

  • 2014: Development of Durri Aboriginal Health community engagement strategy (Kempsey)
  • 2014: Development of the Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Accord
  • 2014: Evaluation of Alpurrurulam Healthy Skin & Community Wellness Program (NTMCL)
  • 2015: Review of the AMSANT Indigenous Health Project Officer (IHPO) positions
  • 2016: Review of the Bulgarr Ngaru Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Programs (Grafton)
  • 2016 – present: President of Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)


Through my working involvements over many years I have developed extensive knowledge of rural health and Indigenous health care in particular.  I am conversant with the issues of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities and understand work required to improve the current picture, including the importance of prevention and better management, effective systems of health data collection and sharing for integrated care, culturally safety and security, and the requirement to address social determinants of health including Aboriginal employment.




Jaki Adams-Barton

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are 3 times more likely than other Australians to go blind and with the rise in diabetes-related eye disease, matters are only going to get worse.”

 Jaki Adams-Barton, August 2013

 Jaki was born and raised in Darwin and is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with ancestral links to the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, traditional family ties with the Gurindji people of Central Western Northern Territory and extended family relationships with the people of the Torres Straits and Warlpiri (Yuendumu NT). Jaki is from a large extended family and is very proud to be a part of such a supportive and loving unit. Jaki sees balancing work and home life as her major challenge but one that she makes every effort to succeed at. Jaki returned home to Darwin in 2008 after spending 11 years in Brisbane, to reconnect with her family and enjoy the relaxed and culturally diverse environment that Darwin and the Northern Territory has to offer.

Jaki’s career includes Hospitality; Secondary Teaching; and, over 18 years in the Australian Public Service (APS) and a short stint in the NT Public Service. Jaki’s experience as a public servant started as a Graduate Administrative Assistant with The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), progressing across a variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Aged Care programs, and then 8 years in the Australian Defence (security) portfolio. Working her way, across the APS, Queensland and the NT, to the position of NT Director of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) in 2008. Jaki joined The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program in early 2012 and was soon promoted to the Manager’s position in January 2013.

Jaki’s achievements in this time include refocusing the programming to align with The Foundation’s global eye health outcomes through developing capacity and confidence of the team (and partners) to significantly influence the sector to consider eye health beyond the clinical aspects and in line with patient pathways, cultural competence, health literacy, service level coordination and system strengthening. Through her commitment, passion and determination Jaki has proven to be an invaluable contributor to improving eye care access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Jaki has recently been promoted to Regional Associate Director – Australasia in recognition of the work done for The Foundation and the sector in Australia, and in the interest of sharing this knowledge and her professional strengths to build a new region for The Foundation. The Region includes programming in Australia (through the Indigenous Australia Program), the Pacific (Trachoma elimination specifically) and Timor Leste.

Jaki has held many leadership roles, including Chair of Vision 2020 Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, a Vision 2020 Australia Board Member and as The Foundation’s key representative on the national Close the Gap Steering Committee since 2012.

Jaki has a personal and professional commitment to do whatever she can to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jaki states that:

 “……being able to have direct impact on and positively contribute to programs (and broader discussions) that address ending avoidable blindness and improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an inspiring and an honourable position to be in”.

 “Being welcomed into The Fred Hollows family and charged with significant responsibility (to keep Fred’s legacy alive) in a complex and diverse environment, is both challenging and rewarding, and keeps me engaged and motivated to make a difference everyday”

 Jaki Adams-Barton, Regional Associate Director – Australasia, 2018

Dr John Napoli


Obesity is one of the major health problems in our world and its incidence has increased 800% in the last 15 years. Over 350 million people worldwide are obese and obesity is directly linked to approximately 500,000 deaths per year in western countries. Current predictions include that 80% of Australians will be overweight by 2025. Diet and exercise weight loss programs have had limited sustained success because of the high rate of weight gain in the long term. Other treatments for obesity include various types of bariatric surgery and endoscopic therapies such as intragastric space-occupying devices and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. These treatment modalities as well as novel endoscopic approaches for weight loss will be discussed in the presentation.


Introduction at Conference :  John Napoli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a Consultant Gastroenterologist. He has been in clinical practice for over 20 years in both the public and private teaching hospital environment as well as in the Day Hospital setting. John is the current NSW Chapter Chair of Day Hospitals Australia.

Mr David Hansen


David is the recently appointed National Manager of IMGA MEDIPROTECT, specialists of healthcare organisations and medical professionals insurance brokering practices of PSC.

David is a versatile executive with extensive experience in the general insurance industry, primarily in the Financial Lines sector in both broking and underwriting disciplines. He has specialised in Medical Malpractice, Information Technology, Professional Indemnity and Directors & Officers liability as well as in Financial Institution Insurance Programs.

David has been state manager of small underwriting agencies through to large international insurers in Brisbane, Sydney and Toronto Canada, and most recently was the state sales manager of CGU Insurance where he was able to re-ignite his passion for understanding customer needs and formulating value propositions.

David is an authentic people leader with an intuitive, consultative and collaborative leadership style with a proven career track record of achieving rapid improvements in sales, service delivery, customer outcomes and financial performance in a variety of challenging circumstances, locations and insurance industry sectors.

David is currently studying an MBA through QUT in Brisbane, and is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.

Mr Daniele Lima



Business strategist and nationally accredited business trainer Daniele Lima has worked in all areas of business for over twenty five years. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book: Marketing Works and is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute as well as a Certified Practising Marketer (C.P.M).

Daniele is a business writer, social media marketing consultant, media commentator, mentor, accredited course designer and key note speaker. As a business strategist he is widely sought after by SME and large companies alike.

Areas of Expertise

  • Daniele is a Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultant and provides training, facilitation and consulting services.
  • Daniele has won multiple industry awards and holds numerous sales and marketing records.
  • He has been an Associate of the Australian Marketing Institute for twenty five years and has been awarded the classification of: Certified Practicing Marketer (C.P.M). He is also a full Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.
  • He is a key note speaker for Organisations such as: The Victorian Chamber of Commerce, Australian Institute of Management (AIM), The MBA: CEO Round Table, the Victorian Small Business Council, The NSW Chamber, The Australia and New Zealand Notary Society, The Victorian Law Institute, The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Energise Enterprise, the AFL Players Association and the Australia & New Zealand Pharmaceutical Market Research Society.
  • He is a media commentator and business writer, author, and nationally accredited trainer & course developer and management & business strategist.

Ms Bronwyn Wolfgang


Bronwyn Wolfgang is a Senior Policy Officer in the Private Hospitals Unit at the Department of Health and Human Services. In her current role she is part of a team assembled to amend legislation that governs Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres following the Targeting Zero Report. In her previous role she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she was responsible for managing and contributing to a range of policy, research,  service development and knowledge dissemination initiatives.

Mr Rob Edwards


Rob Edwards, has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Anatomy & Physiology.

He has been a company director for 20 years in the health and well-being industry where he designed and delivered staff development programs for hundreds organizations.

Prior to that he worked for five years in a cardiac rehabilitation program where he wrote the internationally distributed book “Better Blood Pressure”.

He has diverse experience working with people at all levels of business, cardiac patients, young offenders, elite athletes and remote island communities.

Rob also manages the Its Time Foundation that he established in 2007 – that replaces diesel power with solar in remote island schools.

Rob’s focus is simply to encourage people to take a brief time out in their busy lives to consider their most important asset – themselves.  And to get you thinking about sustainable actions that you can do so you have a long and high quality life.

We can’t look after other people unless we look after ourselves first.  That’s why the session is called “It’s All About You

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