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Professor Steve Larkin is a Kungarakany man from Darwin, Northern Territory (NT). He currently holds the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor in Indigenous Education and Research at The Wollotuka Institute located within The University of Newcastle.
Over the years, Steve has worked in a range of urban, rural and remote Aboriginal communities with a focus on health and community development. He has spent time working for the NT Government; Australian Medical Association as their National Aboriginal Health Advisor; National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) as Chief Executive Officer; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) as the Head of Institute; and also the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care as an Assistant Secretary in the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).
In his role at the Commonwealth Department, Steve was responsible for managing a range of programs, some of which focussed on: social health; substance misuse; men’s and prisons health; executive policy; and research and data. In 2009, Steve commenced as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Leadership, and Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge’s and Education (ACIKE) at Charles Darwin University, both of which he held until 2016.
Steve is a member of several professional associations including:
Steve holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland.
In 2008, Steve was inducted into the National Indigenous Sports Hall of Fame for his contribution to field hockey.