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Closing the Gap Team

Alana Haymes – Program Manager – Chronic Conditions
We welcomed Alana to the team in February 2018 as the Project Officer. Prior to this Alana worked in the Deadly Choices team at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) as the Clinical Integrations and Tobacco Coordinator.  In July 2018, Alana transitioned to the Acting Program Manager (Chronic Conditions) and in this role supports the Chronic Disease team, PIR and ITC team. Alana greatly enjoys working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, engaging with the community and strengthening NCACCH’s partnerships in the region.

Lerissa Rolls – Indigenous Health Project Officer (**currently on Maternity Leave)
Lerissa, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, is a proud descendant of the Quandamooka People of North Stradbroke Island. She commenced employment with NCACCH as an Administration Officer in 2012 and was promoted to Project Officer in March 2016.  Lerissa had an exciting start to 2018, being the successful applicant of the Indigenous Health Project Officer role.  Lerissa is embracing her new role engaging with General Practitioners and their staff, to create awareness and gain understanding of the health needs of our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Samantha Croon – Acting Indigenous Health Project Officer**
Samantha has been living on the Sunshine Coast for the past six years where she graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a dual degree in Human Resources and Psychology. Samantha grew up in Mount Isa and is a proud Pitta Pitta and Mitakodi woman. She has previous experience in Closing the Gap within the employment sector and is looking forward to promoting Closing the Gap to General Practitioners and their staff. Samantha joined the NCACCH team in December 2018.

Brad Hore – Indigenous Outreach Worker
Brad Hore a proud Dunghutti man from NSW, joined the NCACCH team in July 2018. Brad moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 to pursue a boxing career.  He has represented Australia in two Olympic Games (2000 & 2004) and two Commonwealth Games (2002 & 2006) and was honoured with the title of the 23rd Australian Indigenous Olympian.  Brad continues to work with the Australian Olympic Committee as a strong, Indigenous role model for our people all over the country, proudly representing a healthy lifestyle. Prior to NCACCH, Brad worked at Deadly Choices for 5 years, working within communities to reduce health disparities and making a positive change on the younger generation through a strong connection to culture.

NCACCH Head Office

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