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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

New Director for the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Date posted: 31 January 2014

The HealthInfoNet warmly welcomes Professor Neil Drew as its new Director. Neil who has more than 30 years’ experience working with a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and groups, commenced as Director on Monday 3 February.

Neil’s involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health extends from his work as a volunteer in 1980 at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service in Townsville, north Queensland to his role as co-founder and ongoing head of the Aboriginal Youth and Community Wellbeing Program in the Kimberley region of WA. His doctoral studies in community psychology have been of enormous value to the latter program, which promotes wellness and suicide prevention with young Aboriginal people.

Professor Drew will also bring to the Director’s role substantial experience in the tertiary education sector, most recently with the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) as Foundation Head of Behavioural Science, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Deputy Head of UNDA’s Broome Campus.

Neil Thomson, the founding Director of the HealthInfoNet (established in 1997), will be available to assist Neil Drew for a period of three-months.


HealthInfoNet Development and Marketing Manager
Tara Hoyne
Ph: (08) 9370 6109


Last updated: 5 February 2014
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