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Dr Mick Adams is a descendent of the Yadhiagana people of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, having traditional family ties with the Gringji people of Central Western Northern Territory and extended family relationship with the people of the Torres Straits, Warlpiri (Yuendumu), and East Arnhem Land (Gurrumaru) communities. Mick holds a PhD in Public Health from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Master of Arts (Indigenous Research & Development), Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University of Technology. Prior to undertaking his postgraduate studies he undertook at Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Community Management and Development), an Associate Diploma in Social Work and a Community Development Certificate.
Mick has been working in the health industry for over 30 years. He has worked in both state and the community-controlled health service sector, has been a representative on local, state and national boards, and has been nominated as a representative to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues on national boards and national and international conferences. He has worked as a Chief Executive Officer with the Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service, Brisbane (AICHS) in Brisbane and Miwatj Aboriginal Corporation for Health in Nhulunbuy. He has also served as the Chairperson of AICHS Brisbane and the National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), as well as being a Board Member of AICHS, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and NACCHO.
Mick will commence his position as Senior Research Fellow at Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet in May, 2015. He was previously Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Director of Fineline Consultancy Pty Ltd, which undertakes research and community development projects. He is Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Brisbane and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Leadership Group; a Board Member of Diabetes Australia Queensland; a Member of the National Heart Foundation (Queensland) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Committee; a Member of Andrology Australia (The Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group; and a Member of the Minister's Male Health Reference Group; Member of the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee (ATSIHAC) and it's Research Committee. He is also a Member International Network Indigenous Health Knowledge Development Committee (INIHKD) and the International Indigenous Centre Health Intelligence (IICHI).
Mick has been actively involved in addressing issues associated with the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males for over a decade, striving to ensure that men's health issues are promoted and placed on the national and international agenda through advocacy, research, publication and health management.