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'My life is all around empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
and what it means to make a difference'
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver is a proud Wiradjuri Koori woman with connections to south western New South Wales (NSW), South Australia and beyond. She is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health and prominent researcher, educator and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Education. Lisa is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership at Western Sydney University.
Initially trained as a nurse, Lisa has since gained qualifications and experience in epidemiology and public health and broke new ground by becoming the first recorded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to receive a PhD in Medicine at Sydney University. She went on to hold the Inaugural Chair of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Director of the Muru Marri Health Unit and Professor of Public Health.
Lisa’s strategic committees and working group memberships include Deputy Chairperson for Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC); National Advisory Group Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data (NAGATSIHID); and a ministerial appointment to the Australian Statistical Advisory Council. She was formally a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Research Advisory Committee of the National Health Research Council (NHMRC) and the inaugural board for the Lowitja Institute.
She is the co-founder of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program and responsible for enabling over 60 students to receive a residential college scholarship for the duration of their health related (mostly medical) degrees at the University of New South Wales. She has also represented the University of New South Wales at the House of Commons, London, England.
As a Group Captain in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Specialist Reserve (Public Health Epidemiologist), Lisa is currently posted to the Director General, Personnel Air Force as specialist advisor to the Chief of Air Force. Part of her Air Force service has included developing the RAAF Indigenous Youth Program (RAAFIYP) which aims to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider a career in the aviation industry.
In 2011 Lisa became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia 'For service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, and as a supporter of educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people'.