Turtle-IconAMSANT believes that a healthy and productive workforce leads to stronger Aboriginal people and communities.

The main objectives for the Workforce and Leadership Support (WALS) unit are:


  • Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working across all health professions.
  • Improve the clarity of roles, regulation and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners (ATSIHPs) as a key component of the health workforce, and improve vocational education and training sector support for ATSIHPs.
  • Address the role and development needs of other health workforce groups contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health including the new COAG ICDP workforce of outreach, healthy lifestyle and tobacco action workers.
  • Improve the effectiveness of training, recruitment and retention measures targeting both non-Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Australians health staff working in the Aboriginal primary health sector.
  • Represent the issues and interests of AMSANT members at relevant meetings and forums in relation to workforce issues, particularly with regard to Aboriginal workforce.
  • Strengthen health leadership amongst young Indigenous staff of member services.



Erin Lewfatt

Programs Manager
The Programs Manager manages the Workforce & Aboriginal Leadership Support Unit and Accreditation. The Programs Manager focuses on providing high level support to programs staff with the work they undertake and on collaborating and building partnerships with key stakeholders relevant to the program areas.
Sharon Wallace

Sharon Wallace

Workforce Information Policy Officer (WIPO)
The WIPO has a challenging role working on a number of workforce policies and projects both regionally and nationally that impacts on the ACCHO sector. The WIPO represents AMSANT and its members in a number of networks and forums to coordinate appropriate policy and projects that will benefit AMSANT members. The WIPO role works to building a high quality, culturally appropriate and sustainable workforce in the ACCHO sector.
Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Indigenous Leadership Program Project Officer
The AMSANT Leadership program is building the capacity of tomorrows’ leaders today, through the development of skills, networking and confidence, and the promotion of cultural security in the workplace. The program is built on principles of respect, inclusiveness, diversity and ownership. The program promotes two-way learning, and seeks to empower participants to become leaders in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector.
Normie Grogan Project Liaison Officer AMSANT/NTGPE
Normie Grogan is a Kuku Yalanji man from Far North Queensland with family links to the Borroloola region. Normie’s recently worked for NT Health at Royal Darwin Hospital as an Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor.  Past employment also includes Larrakia Nation, Menzies School of Health Research, Flinders University Medical Training Program, plus various Aboriginal and mainstream media including ABC and SBS around Australia.

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