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Mr Traven Lea

Chief Executive Officer
15-19 York Lane, PO Box 136
Kempsey NSW, 2440
 

Biography

Traven Lea is a public health practitioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (ACMS). Traven is a descendant of the Wuli-Wuli, Darambal and Djirubal people from South-East Queensland.

Traven graduated from James Cook University in 1999 with a Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has also completed a Masters of Epidemiology at the Australian National University. Prior to commencing as Chief Executive Officer of the Durri ACMS, Traven managed a field trial at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). The trial looked into the comparative effectiveness of two treatments for middle-ear infection in Aboriginal children. As a result of this trial, the treatment Ciprofloxacin was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme list for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Traven also worked at the National Heart Foundation where he was the first Aboriginal person to be appointed National Program Manager. In this role, Traven was a driving force behind the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program and was an advisor on a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues. He has also been the National Special Advisor at the Australian General Practice Network, where he took on the challenging role of the structuring access to mainstream private practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and was appointed as Senior Advisor to Warren Snowdon, Federal Minister of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.  

In 2002, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program that Traven managed won the Medical Journal of Australia's Best Research Award.

 
Last updated: 5 June 2017
 
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