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Ms Kathy Malera Bandjalan

PO Box 502
Matraville NSW, 2036
Tel: (02) 9311 2593
Fax: (02) 9311 2814


Ms Kathy Malera-Bandjalan is the CEO/Editor of the Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal. Prior to that she was employed by Streetwize Comixs as their first Aboriginal Editor/Writer in 1987 and was responsible for producing It's Aboriginal, The ATSIC Comic (voting information), Bushwize (HIV/AIDS/STD prevention and drug and alcohol information) 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 DEET, to study in a one year program at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. In 1992 she was consultant to CEIDA, NSW Department of Health, Rozelle Hospital, Rozelle, NSW on the Koori Drug and Alcohol education project that produced a series of four posters dealing with addiction issues: heroin, pills, smoking, alcohol. In 1993 she was employed by NSW Aboriginal Health Resources Co-op as the state HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator. In 1995 Ms Malera-Bandjalan was a HIV/AIDS consultant to the WA Department of Health.

Kathy was employed as a consultant to the State Aboriginal Homes on Aboriginal Land project for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and in 1997 was a consultant responsible for researching and producing the report about injecting drug use on the Block, sponsored by NSW Users and AIDS Association. For over twenty years she's had direct involvement, personally, politically and professionally with all aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it affects the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Ms Malera-Bandjalan has been invited to speak at many conferences and events including the 10th International AIDS Conference, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1990 (the first ever Indigenous panel held at any International AIDS conference) and the first world Healing Our Spirit conference in Canada in 1992. In 1999 she accepted an invitation from the King of Jordan to participate in the WCRP World Assembly VII, Common Living, Jordan.

Ms Malera-Bandjalan has been and is still involved in her family's ongoing Native Title matter. She has also completed various educational goals and training programs, and has been on a number of committees participating in numerous community projects. Her interests are in everything Goori (Aboriginal); bringing up her children who are strong with belief in themselves, having Faith in that higher power that in turn maintains customs, language and Spiritual connections to land.

Last updated: 2 October 2015
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