Mr Craig Ritchie
10am Thursday 4 April - Faculty of Education and Arts
Mr Craig Ritchie comes from the Central West of NSW and is a member of the Macleay Valley’s Dhunghutti people. He has spent his professional life campaigning for equity in Indigenous health and education, and informing Indigenous policy at all levels of government.
Mr Ritchie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, English and Classics from the University of Newcastle and postgraduate qualifications in management from the Australian National University. He is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and General Manager, Indigenous and Equity Branch - Higher Education Division, in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
From 1999 to 2002, Mr Ritchie was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Australia's peak Aboriginal health body that represents more than 150 Aboriginal community controlled health services across the country. Before this he worked for the Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative in Hamilton.
In late 2002, Mr Ritchie took up the position of founding manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Health Unit within ACT Health, leading the development of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Family Wellbeing Plan.
In 2006 Mr Ritchie was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship to study Indigenous leadership development models in countries with the same experience of colonisation as Australia.
A recognised authority on Indigenous access and equality, Mr Ritchie is currently studying at the University of Sydney, pursuing doctoral studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences. His research looks at the implications of Aboriginal constructions of culture for better policy design and service delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.