An Aboriginal man and decedent of the Noonucal tribe of the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island. I have approximately twenty years of experience in the field of Indigenous health and community engagement. My childhood was spent with the Kuku Yalanghi and Kuku Taipan people of Laura (Far North Queensland) and I have travelled extensively throughout Australia working with different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. With the support of my community and family, I undertook study at the University of Southern Queensland, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Psychology. With an interest in people, mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, I spent my post graduate years in rural New South Wales as an Indigenous mental health practitioner and since then, have worked in both the community and government sector, in policy development, service delivery and project management. My current role at QIMR Berghofer focuses on implementing and developing a transparent and needs based approach to research that seeks to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; to support process that questions not only the role of biomedical research in furthering indigenous health, but the role of the indigenous health in supporting biomedicine to realise its potential. Most recently completed stakeholder engagement activities for the development of guidelines for the conduct of genomic research involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.