Rachel has been on the board of governance of Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) for four years. Rachel’s commitment to the Board is driven by her passion of wanting to contribute and advocate in reducing health inequities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Rachel has recently started her own business; “Palawa Kani – Our Culture, Our Way”. She is a member of the First Nations Senior Consultative Circle (FNSCC) for many years and prides herself with her leadership in her community. Rachel and her husband are both qualified foster carers and have legal guardianship of twin boys for many years. In this time these boys have now reconnected to their culture, community and family.
In Rachel’s tertiary qualification for public health, she received Honours and was awarded a postgraduate coursework scholarship to The University of Toronto in Canada through the Susan Tompkins Indigenous Exchange Program. The International Indigenous exchange program was then reciprocated with The Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion team and scholarship students. Rachel facilitated a possum skin workshop; this is now a proud legacy of the Indigenous Global Exchange programs, at The University of Sydney, School of Public Health. Rachel was also involved in the ‘Culture is Healing’ project with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Breast Cancer Network Australia and VACCHO.