Professor John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN is Native American (Cherokee/Creek) and a Professor and the founding and current director of the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida U.S.A. Professor Lowe is a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing and one of 23 Native American doctoral prepared nurses in the U.S.A. He is also an alumnus of the American Nurses Association Ethnic Minority Fellowship predoctoral program and has served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee. Professor Lowe was also appointed recently to the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Nursing Research. He actively serves in elected, appointed, advisory and consultant positions such as the National Institutes of Health, Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH) National Institutes of Health Coalition, American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Endowment for Cultural Competencies in Graduate Nursing, American Academy of Nursing Diversity and Inclusivity Committee American Nurses Foundation, Florida Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Foundation, Advisory Council of the State Implementation Program of the Florida Action Coalition on the Future of Nursing, National Coalition of Minority Nurses Associations, National Alaskan Native American Indian Nurses Association, Pathways into Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Editorial Board of Nursing Research Journal, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Health Initiatives, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nations Programs, University of Southern Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health Research, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Health Research Board of Ireland Research Scientific Review Committee, Italian Ministry of Health Republic of Italy Ministry of Labour Health and Social Policies Research Scientific Review Committee, Indigenous Wellness Institute, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Institute, and the Indian Health Service. Professor Lowe organized and hosted the first international Indigenous nursing research gathering in 2017.
Professor Lowe has represented Native American and Indigenous health care professionals in many national and international forums and with national leaders such as the U.S. Surgeon General, the former first lady, Mrs. Rosalyn Carter, and Representative Patrick Kennedy. Globally, he has provided health-care services and research consultation underserved and disadvantaged groups in several countries. He advocates for the cultural competent health care of Native Americans and Indigenous people globally. Models that have emerged from his funded research are being used to promote the health and well-being of Native Americans and Indigenous people globally. He developed and studies an intervention for the Reduction of substance abuse and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth. Professor Lowe developed the Cherokee Self-Reliance, Native Self-Reliance and Native-Reliance Models which are being used in several intervention research projects that utilizes the traditional Talking Circle format to reduce opioid misuse and substance abuse and other risk behaviors among Native American youth. He is currently the Principal Investigator of several National Institutes of Health funded research projects. The Talking Circle intervention has received endorsement by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs as an Evidence-Based Program for the well-being of youth.
Professor Lowe also co-authored the Native American Nursing Conceptual Framework which is being used to guide nursing curriculums. His work has been acknowledged through his induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and numerous awards such as the Florida Nurses Association Cultural Diversity Award, Great 100 Centennial Research Award, Nursing Educator of the Year Award, Nurse of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement In Education & Research Award, and the Researcher of the Year at the Professor Rank Award. Professor Lowe has presented nationally and internationally and has published several articles and books that report the findings of his research.
Associate Professor Raymond Lovett BN, RN, BHSc, MAE, PhD is a the Program Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University.
Ray is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon/Ngiyampaa) epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research, large scale data analysis for public health policy and evaluation. He is the Study Director for Mayi Kuwayu, the national study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing – the largest cohort study of its type in Australia.
Roxanne Jones is a Palawa woman who was born and raised on Gubbi Gubbi land in southeast Queensland. She completed a double degree in Nursing and Health Science (Paramedics) from the Queensland University of Technology. Roxanne completed her graduate nursing year on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. She then undertook further training in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). She relocated to Canberra in 2017 to commence postgraduate study in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Roxanne has since completed a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology through the Australian National University. Roxanne is passionate about child and infant health, and her PhD research will focus on the epidemiology and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children admitted to PICUs in Australia.
Professor Denise Wilson is of Tainui and New Zealand European descent. She is the Professor Māori Health, a Co-Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research, and the Associate Dean Māori Advancement at the Auckland University of Technology University.
Denise is a registered nurse undertakes research and publication activities focusing on Māori/indigenous health and health service engagement, family violence, cultural responsiveness, and nursing and health workforce development. She has chaired the Family Violence Prevention Investment Advisory Board (Ministry of Social Development), and is a member of the MSD’s Family Violence Prevention Expert Advisory Group, the Ministry of Justice’s Integrated Safety Response Research and Evaluation Expert Advisory Group, HQSC’s Roopū Māori, and the Chair of the Mortality Review Committee’s Māori Caucus.
Denise served six years on the Family Violence Death Review Committee and contributed to the development of the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme. Denise is a co-author of The People’s Report and The People’s Blueprint for the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence. She was appointed to the Advisory Council for the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at Florida State University, and she holds a visiting professor position with Oxford Brookes University in the UK and has other international collaborations.
Associate Professor Donna Hartz identifies as a descendent of the Kamilaroi nation. She is a midwife and nurse with 34 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, lecturer, manager, consultant and researcher.
She is currently an Associate Professor in Midwifery at Charles Darwin University. Preceding this she was the Acting Director and an Academic Leader (Health) at the University of Sydney’s, National Centre for Cultural Competence. Her current academic foci include Birthing on Country, family restoration and preservation and Aboriginal women’s health.
Dr Odette Best BHlthSc Sydney , MPhil Griffith , PhD USQ through bloodline is a Gorreng Gorreng (Wakgun Clan) and a Boonthamurra woman and through adoption she is a Koomumberri, Yugambeh woman and is currently Professor of Nursing (Indigenous Research and Community Engagement) School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland, Ipswich Campus.
Odette has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and is a hospital trained registered nurse (Princess Alexandra Hospital) and further holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences, (University of Sydney), Master of Philosophy (Griffith University) and a PhD, (University of Southern Queensland). Odette’s PhD was titled Yatdjuligin: the stories of Aboriginal Nurses in Queensland from 1950-2005. Undertaking her PhD Odette found her passion for delving into the history of Aboriginal Australian women and their pursuit of western nursing qualifications.
Currently Odette is undertaking research into the Native Nurses Training Schools in Queensland that ran in the 1940-1950’s, the Oral Histories Project of Australian Indigenous Nurses and Midwives with the National Library of Australia and further researches and creates historiography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives across Australia. Odette’s commitments are varied and diverse such as being a Board Member of the Catherine Freeman Foundation, Chair Person of the Indigenous Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography to being a committee member of the Northey Street Urban Farm Decolonisation Action Group.
Odette is an inducted Fellow of both the Churchill Trust and the American Academy of Nursing.
Assistant Professor Teresa Brockie, PhD, RN, FAAN research focuses on achieving health equity through community-based prevention and intervention of suicide, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences among vulnerable populations. A member of the White Clay (A'aninin) Nation from Fort Belknap, Montana, Dr. Brockie earned her PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In 2011, she led an all Native American team to collect data to study suicidal behavior among reservation-based Native American youth.
Dr. Eugenia Millender is currently an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Nursing and at the college’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity. She is also the graduate coordinator for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program. As an indigenous Afro-Caribbean Latina nurse scientist, Dr. Eugenia Millender’s career has been dedicated to increasing access to mental health equity, and providing culturally appropriate care. Dr. Millender’s program of research is to investigate ways to reduce mental health disparities among indigenous and vulnerable populations that is the result of stress and trauma. She does so by working with community-based organizations and employing her expertise in mood disorders, stress, trauma and substance abuse and how these are expressed through gene-environment interaction.
Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, a member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in Treaty 6 Territory is an Associate Professor and New Researcher in the School of Nursing at the Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Bourque Bearskin is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the International Public Health Association, and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, of which she was past-president from 2013-2017 contributing to advancing Indigenous-nursing leadership. After working as a Registered Nurse in community health, she began her nursing education career working with First Nations and Inuit communities. Dr. Bourque Bearskin was awarded her PhD in Nursing in 2014. In 2017, she received the Canadian Nurses Association Award for the Top 150 Nurses. She is working on a number of projects funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health. Her research focus is on Indigenous wellness and addressing Indigenous health inequities by supporting Indigenous research led by Indigenous Communities. She is working with nurses and various communities to enhance understandings of Indigenous nursing knowledge and social determinants of health, which maintains cultural integrity of nurses practice and supports Indigenous clients’ security and sovereignty.
Mr Ali Drummond RN PhD Candidate (QUT), MIPH (UQ), Grad Cert (Acad Prac) (QUT), BNSc (JCU).
Ali was born and raised on Thursday Island in north Queensland, and his people are the Meriam people of the Torres Straits, and the Wuthathi people of North-Eastern Cape York Peninsula. He currently works at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as a lecturer in the School of Nursing, and as a co-Director of Indigenous health in the Faculty of Health.
Ali’s nursing experience spans clinical practice, policy, academia and research. In his current roles, Ali provides strategic leadership regarding Indigenous health teaching and learning, research, stakeholder engagement, as well as Indigenous student and staff recruitment and success.
Ali is also a PhD candidate, and his research is investigating how nursing academics collaborate with local Indigenous peoples in the development, delivery and evaluation of nursing curricula concerning Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being.