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Kathy Malera-Bandjalan is a descendent of the Githabul and Walhabal people and is the Chief Executive Officer and Editor of the Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. The journal is the only national publication written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
Kathy has also worked as an editor and writer for various organisations. She was employed as the Aboriginal Editor and Writer for Streetwize Comics in 1987 and was also responsible for producing It's Aboriginal; The ATSIC Comic (voting information); Bushwize; and the Gotta Know series (six mini comics on HIV/AIDS prevention for Aboriginal communities).
In 1991, Kathy participated in the Commonwealth Youth Program, a scholarship awarded by the then Department of Employment, Education and Training, to study in a one year program at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Kathy has worked as a consultant for the Centre for Education and Information on Drug Abuse at the Western Australian Department of Health; the New South Wales (NSW) Land Council for the State Aboriginal Homes on Aboriginal Land project; and the NSW Users and AIDS Association, where she was responsible for researching and reporting on injecting drug use. She was also employed by the NSW Aboriginal Health Resources Cooperative where she operated as the state HIV/AIDS coordinator for the Koori Drug and Alcohol education project.
Kathy has been invited to speak at a range of conferences and events including the 10th International AIDS Conference held in Amsterdam in 1990, which was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel held at any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AIDS conference; the first world Healing Our Spirit conference in Canada in 1992; and in 1999, Kathy accepted an invitation from the King of Jordan to participate in the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) World Assembly VII in Jordan.
Over the last twenty years, Kathy has had direct involvement in all aspects of HIV/AIDS as it affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.