The PCIC provides advice to the Council and CEO on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and the implementation of Road Map II.

The NHMRC has established an advisory committee to seek advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health research issues.

The PCIC provides advice to the NHMRC Council and CEO on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and the implementation of Road Map II. The committee is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives currently on NHMRC Council and Principal Committees and Early Career Researchers. The committee is chaired by Professor Sandra Eades.

The committee members for 2015-2018 triennium are below.

Sandra Eades


Professor Sandra Eades is Domain Head of Aboriginal Health at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Sandra is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia, and is Australia's first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (2003). Sandra has recently been appointed an Initiating Fellow of the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Sandra's research career has focussed on the epidemiology of Indigenous child health in Australia. Over the past decade, she has made substantial contributions to the area of Aboriginal health and has provided leadership at a national level in Aboriginal research.

Daniel McAulley

Associate Professor

Dr McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Applied Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Science. He has provided advice to a number of Government departments and non – Government organisations, including large research institutes and has sat on a number of committees providing advice to State and Commonwealth Government in the area of health. He has a strong health research track record including presentations, publications and grants. His primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.

He currently works as Research Associate Professor at the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (Princess Margaret Hospital / University of Western Australia) and as the Principal Research Consultant at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research at Edith Cowan University. He also runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and consults with the wholly Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed consulting company, DDMC Partners.

Yvonne Cadet-James


Prof Cadet-James has an extensive background in health spanning some 40 years.  She is currently the Chair of Indigenous Australian Studies at James Cook University where she is responsible for providing leadership in education and research especially in matters which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She has been involved in national reform regarding improving research health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Her research expertise includes empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to identify their own issues and practical solutions to those issues. Her other research interests lie in community based models to address alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use. Prof Cadet-James is particularly focused on strengthening the capacity of researchers and communities to ensure that research addresses their priorities and needs.

She provides representation on international, national and local boards, committees and working groups and is an invited keynote speaker at forums and conferences. Prof Cadet-James is a Gugu Badhun Aboriginal person from the Valley of Lagoons in north Queensland.

Kelvin Kong

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong qualified as the first Aboriginal Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), specializing in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Kelvin hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of NSW in 1999. He embarked on his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst and pursued a surgical career, completing resident medical officer and registrar positions at various attachments. Along the way, he has also been privileged in serving the urban, rural and remote community. He is now practising in Newcastle (Awabakal Country) as a qualified Surgeon specializing in Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery).

He is part of a strong, medical family, his mother is a nurse, his father a GP, his sister Marlene is a Public Health Physician Trainee / General Practitioner and her twin Marilyn, is Australia's first Aboriginal Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Complementing his surgical training, he is kept grounded by his family, who are the strength and inspiration to him.

Yvette Roe


Early Career Researcher.

Dr Roe is a Njikena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberley region, Western Australia. Yvette has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Indigenous health sector.  She is an early career Aboriginal scholar and her research is aimed at identifying opportunities to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by implementing services that are patient, family and community focused. Yvette has a keen research interest in cardiovascular disease, comprehensive primary health, patient-clinician engagement, meaningful measures of health and wellness, innovative models of health financing, Aboriginal community controlled health sector policy development, program delivery and the development of community-focused evaluation models informed by a critical Indigenous research paradigm. Yvette currently works as Senior Research Fellow at the Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting (IBUS) study, Mater Research - Midwifery Research Unit, Mater Medical Research Institute: South Brisbane.



Ali was born and raised on Thursday Island in north Queensland, and is a descendant of the Dauareb people of the Murray Islands and the Wuthathi and Yadaigana peoples of North-Eastern Cape York Peninsula. Ali is a Registered Nurse, and his nursing experience spans clinical practice, policy and academia. He has worked as a clinician in the remote Torres Strait Islands and in urban Queensland in both Comprehensive Primary and Tertiary health care models. He has also been the Indigenous Nurse Advisor to three of Queensland’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers in Queensland Health. Ali is currently a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology.

Ali is a recipient of the James Cook University’s Sally Goold Award (2005) and Early Career Alumni Award (2012). Ali has now articulated his Master of Applied Science (Research) at QUT, which is focused on the educational preparation of registered nurses regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ wellbeing, to a PhD.

Ali is interested in the contribution of contemporary Australian nursing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being. His latest publication is a chapter titled, Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners, which promotes the optimisation of the essential partnerships between the registered nurse and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker (and the new role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner) in delivering health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



Simon is a McKenzie postdoctoral research fellow and Poche associate at the University of Melbourne.  Simon is the chief investigator of a sexual health and viral hepatitis trial with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in NSW known as SHIMMER.  SHIMMER tripled chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV testing among young Aboriginal people and diagnosed more than double the number of chlamydia infections. 

Simon is also the chief investigator of a research project examining the health service access of young Aboriginal people in Melbourne which is a collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.  Simon's interests are in community-based programs and interventions that provide benefits for Aboriginal people and communities.  Simon received a Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship, which recognises Indigenous commitment to achieving excellence and building strong and effective leadership qualities. This has taken him to the Centre for HIV Educational Studies & Training, City University of New York.