Photo courtesy of the University of QueenslandSupport for starting this Network has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The Network is open to anyone to join. Below is the list of people who initially began the Network.

Network Leaders

Professor Cindy Shannon

  • Descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay
  • From 2011-2017 she was responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University of Queensland in relation to Indigenous engagement, as well as building links with the community

Professor Martin Nakata

  • PVC Indigenous Education and Strategy at James Cook University
  • Research work focuses on higher education curriculum areas, the academic preparation of Indigenous students, and Indigenous knowledge and library services
  • Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education

Dr Katelyn Barney


Dr Sandy O’Sullivan

  • National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council (ARC) Indigenous Research Fellow 
  • Member of the Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) Nation
  • Research focuses on alternative dissemination processes for Indigenous Australian research students and career researchers and the digital museum space

Associate Professor Heidi Norman

  • Teaches Australian and Indigenous history and politics at the University of Technology Sydney
  • Her family descend from the Gamilaroi nation in north western New South Wales
  • Research and teaching area is Australian Indigenous history and politics

Associate Professor Elizabeth Mackinlay

  • Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
  • Research interests include critical race theory and discourse, music education and gifted education, Aboriginal women’s music,  and autoethnographic approaches
  • Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education

Deborah Cheetham

  • Yorta Yorta soprano and composer
  • Since her international debut in 1997 she has performed in the theatre and concert halls of Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and around Australia

Critical Friends

Professor Susan Page

  • Professor at the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges at University of Technology Sydney
  • Her research focuses on Indigenous people's experience of learning and academic work in tertiary education 

Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson

  • Descendant of the Nukunu people of South Australia, but was born on and lives on Dharawal Country
  • Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Jon Willis

  • Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland
  • Medical anthropologist with degrees in Anthropology, Sociology and Public Health

Eugenia Flynn

  • Larrakiah and Tiwi woman from the Northern Territory