Nairm Marr Djambana board members

Aunty Irene Fisher


Proud Jawoyn woman born in Darwin.
Irene’s mother(Daisy Fisher) was a member of NT Stolen Generation and Irene a member of Vic Stolen Generation
RN qualified as a RN from Lincoln Institute and Alfred Hospital Melb.
Irene was able to reconnect with her Jawoyn culture spending over 20 years living “on country” in Western Arnhem land, caring for Elders and community
She became CEO of Sunrise Health Service(established by Jawoyn Association) which provided Acute and Primary health care to 10 remote communities in the Central Arnhem and Roper River regions of the NT
Sunrise Health received 2nd place in the inaugural National Indigenous governance award by BHP Biliton and Reconciliation Australia
Member of Jawoyn Association
Foundation member CATSINAM (Council for ATSI Nurses and Midwives)
AMSANT Director for over a Decade
NH&MRC Indigenous Advisory Cttee member. Lecturer Batchelor College based in NE Arnhem. Consultant reviewing Indig Orgs Nationally providing Governance training and developing supporting Policies and Protocols.
Moved to the Peninsula 10 years ago where she worked for Medicare Local and SEMPHN as Indigenous Health Program Manager. Now retired, Irene is a passionate advocate for Indigenous rights and supporting emerging leaders.

Alan Johnson

Co Chair

Alan is a proud Gunditjmara man, whose people are the traditional Owners of Lake Condah, in Victoria’s far southwest.

Currently works for Dept of Education as a KESO (Koorie Engagement Support Officer)

Has worked across a number of roles in the Aboriginal Community in NSW and Victoria over many years, including teaching Aboriginal Studies at tertiary level, Training – delivering programs with specific Aboriginal content (both in-house and to external organisations), high-level Information Technology as a System Engineer, and providing guidance and mentoring to young Aboriginal people in his workplaces.

Kerry Strickland


Kerry Strickland is a proud Wodiwodi woman from the Dharawal nation, the First Nations people from the Illawarra region in NSW. She is a Registered Nurse with a passion for achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children. Kerry’s nursing career has been focused on Aboriginal Early Years, and she is currently working at Monash Health as the Manager of Aboriginal Health Community.

Kerry has been the treasurer for Nairm Marr Djambana for the last 5 years and is committed to ensuring its financial stability. Additionally, she sits on the Women’s Spirit Program committee as the Cultural Advisor.

Kerry’s dedication to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is evident through her work and community involvement.

Jida McCartney

Board Member

Jida is a proud Aboriginal man from the lands of the Yorta Yorta, Wotjobulak, Nari Nari and Boon Wurrung peoples.

Extensive experience working with young people in Out of Home Care, Project Management, Criminal Justice and in Family Violence.

Jida has worked across many different Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in Victoria. Jida is currently the Team Leader at Boorndawan Willam Healing Service for the Outer East Orange Door.

Jida is determined to ensure Aboriginal people have a right to self-determination. Jida is very passionate about helping improve better outcomes for mob especially in the Justice system.

Daniel Laws

Board member

Dan is a proud Aboriginal man who has over 20 years experience working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

Dans skills and experience include:

Sound knowledge of the community profile in the Frankston Bayside/Peninsula area

Strong Communicator

Managerial experience over 20 years

Strong connections with major stakeholders both State-wide and local

Well respected

Previous board experience

Strong Governance background