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Steve is a Kungarkany man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. Up until 1995, Steve spent over 17 years working in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities in health and community development programs throughout the NT whilst working with the NT Government. In 1995 Steve moved to Canberra to take up employment with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) as their National Aboriginal Health Adviser. In 1997 Steve moved to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to become their inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed National Secretariat. In 1999, Steve joined the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care as an Assistant Secretary in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health where he managed the Social Health (including implementing and managing the Bringing The Home program), Substance Misuse, Men's and Prison's health, the Executive Policy Unit and Research and Data programs. In 2002 Steve managed the National Indigenous Employment program for a brief period before transferring to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies as Deputy Principal. In 2004, Steve was appointed as Principal (CEO) of the Institute. He continues to hold an Adjunct Associate Professorship in Indigenous Public Health with James Cook University and was also an Adjunct Professorial Fellow with Charles Darwin University prior to his current appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor - Indigenous Leadership. This was the first ever appointment of an Indigenous person in any Australian University making Steve Australia's most senior Indigenous academic.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors with Beyond Blue, a member of the Child Deaths Review Committee (NT), a member of the Indigenous Road Injury Advisory Committee and is the incoming Chair for the Expert Reference Group for the Sexual Assault Referral Centre Mobile Outreach Service in the NT. In 2008, Steve was inducted into the National Indigenous Sports Hall of Fame.
Steve maintains both an ongoing personal and professional interest/involvement in Indigenous Australian health and public administration and is currently a part-time PhD candidate at QUT which he aims to complete in 2010.