Eileen Van Iersel is a descendant of the Arrernte/Luritja and Anmatjere language groups of Central Australia. Eileen has held senior leadership positions across various industries in both the government and non-government sectors including child protection, Aboriginal justice, education, public housing, Aboriginal health, Aboriginal community services, the Fred Hollows Foundation and research. Prior to joining Ninti One as Manager of the National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking, Eileen worked as a manager of Aboriginal Health programs with SA Health.
In 2008, Eileen won a Churchill Fellowship, allowing her to compare cultural and communication barriers in health settings by travelling to Auckland, New Zealand; Boston, USA and Edmonton, Canada. On her return to Alice Springs she worked with researchers and medical professionals to improve Aboriginal people’s access to hospital through the establishment of a Cultural Safety Committee (incorporating senior medical, surgical, nursing and quality assurance staff).
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