Julieann Coombes identifies as a Gamilaraay woman through her grandmother’s family and spent her time growing up in Walgett. Julieann is a Registered Practice Nurse with extensive involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and has lived and worked on the NSW Central Coast for the last 27 years.
Julieann joins The George Institute as the Aboriginal Project Officer with the Injury Division, working on the Healthy Ageing project which looks at the impact of falls on older Aboriginal people. She brings to the role a wealth of career experience since being the first co-ordinator and practice nurse at the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre in Wyong.
Julieann is very active in local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative groups including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Catholic Ministry of the Broken Bay Diocese, where he serves as Chairperson, the Central Coast Indigenous Responsible Gambling Group, Northern Sydney Women in Leadership Advisory Committee, Central Coast Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and is currently the Aboriginal member for FaHCSIA Human Research Ethics National Committee.
Julieann’s focus areas are cultural awareness, equity, health and education. She has taught Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in secondary and tertiary institutions and has represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses at the national level.
Julieann resides on the Central Coast and is the proud mum of five daughters.