Dr Melitta Hogarth
Melitta Hogarth is a Kamilaroi woman and is the Assistant Dean (Indigenous) and Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to entering academia, Melitta taught for almost 20 years in all three sectors of the Queensland education system specifically in Secondary education. Melitta’s interests are in education, equity and social justice. Her PhD titled “Addressing the rights of Indigenous peoples in education: A critical analysis of Indigenous education policy” was awarded both the QUT and Faculty of Education Outstanding Thesis Awards and was awarded the Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education.
Assoc Prof Luke Burchill
Luke Burchill is an adult congenital heart disease specialist based in the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His areas of expertise include adult congenital heart disease, health care transition in congenital heart disease, heart failure, and cardiac disease in pregnancy. Luke led the work behind the user-centred Hive app that supports the mental health and wellbeing of Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a Yorta Yorta/ Dja Dja Wurrung man who grew up in Mooroopna and Echuca in regional Victoria.
Dr Lou Bennett
Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Lou Bennett is a former member of the internationally acclaimed music trio Tiddas (1990-2000) and one of the co-founders of the Black Arm Band (2005-2017). Lou uses her own languages of Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung, extending to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that can be retrieved, reclaimed and regenerated through songs, stories and performances. Dr Bennett was inducted onto the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for 2017 and in 2020 was awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship.