The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services (Trading as TAIHS – Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services) was established in 1974.

At that time, it was the fourth Aboriginal community controlled health service (ACCHS) established in Australia, and was part of the wider move for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take control of the delivery of health care services in their communities. In December 1979, TAIHS was incorporated under the Companies Act.

At an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on 13 December 2011, the members of TAIHS endorsed (with an overwhelming majority vote) to transfer the registration of TAIHS from the Corporations Act 2001 to the Corporations (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).

The purpose of the move was to improve governance and accountability. In April 2012, the company officially became a corporation registered under ORIC, and it adopted TATSICHS as its legal name.

Name:
Jacinta Elston

Title:
Chairperson
Elected at AGM 23/11/2016. Elected Chairperson 15/12/2016.

Qualifications:

Experience and Expertise:
Jacinta Elston is a Professor and Associate Dean of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Strategy Unit at James Cook University. Jacinta has 14 years’ experience working in senior management as a faculty and university leader in Indigenous education, as well as being engaged in national and international Indigenous agendas.
Jacinta has spent over 25 years working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including time she spent employed at TAIHS in the late 80s and early 90s, then serving 4 years in the 90s as a Board Member, including holding the position of Board Secretary for a 2 year term.
Jacinta has tertiary qualifications in public health and leadership. She has served on many committees at local, state and national levels. Jacinta is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
TAIHS is Jacinta’s own and family’s health service provider of choice. She has a strong desire to work to continue the efforts of many past and present Board Members in growing and strengthening the health & community services and workforce opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in our region.

Name:
Morris Cloudy

Title:
Deputy Chairperson
Elected at AGM 23/11/2016. Elected Deputy Chairperson 15/12/2016.

Qualifications:

Experience and Expertise:
Morris Cloudy has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts in applied science and community development management. This degree is a culmination of over 30 years of practical work in the community sector with various government departments in diverse sectors.  
Morris has previously served as a Board member of TAIHS over 12 years ago. He wished to contribute to the work TAIHS does in Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Men’s Business, Alcohol & Drug services and in all Family Wellbeing Services.

Name:
Esther Illin

Title:
Secretary
Elected at AGM 23/11/2016. Elected Secretary 15/12/2016.

Qualifications:

Experience and Expertise:
Esther Illin was born in the Burdekin, but has lived in Townsville all her life. 
Esther worked for Queensland Health as an Indigenous Health Worker for 40 years. She was the first Indigenous Rehabilitation officer in Townsville; she created that position from research and fulfilled the requirements and developed this position across 30 years. 
Esther has completed tertiary studies in community development, and studied disability services in Sydney.
Esther has previously served as a Board Member on the TAIHS board. She wishes to congratulate all the past board members who have dedicated their time to the organisation.

Name:
Phillip Lynch- Harlow

Title:
Director
Elected at AGM 28/10/2013.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Graduate Diploma in Education

Experience and expertise:
Phillip has over 30 years experience in the education sector.

Name:
Desmond Cowburn

Title:
Director
Elected at AGM 17/11/2015

Qualifications:
Diploma in Primary Health Care Practice.

Experience and expertise:
Desmond has over 18 years experience in the community health sector. Currently working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hearing Health at Townsville Community Health Service at Kirwan, formerly Indigenous Liaison Officer at Townsville Hospital. Prior to Townsville, Desmond lived in Gayndah and held board positions in Aged Care and Retirement Facilities, he achieved a Queensland Minister of Health appointment  as acting chairperson for North Burnett Health Community Council and was elected to Gayndah Shire Council and previously a board member for Jena Boran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Housing and Mundubbera.


Name:
Eva Kennedy

Title:
Director 
Elected at AGM 17/11/15

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Aboriginal Studies
Diploma of Social Welfare
Assoc. Diploma of Social Studies
Certificate (Mental Health) International Training Course
Awarded through a fellowship by the Australia Government
Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Expertise and experience:
Co founder of the Townsville Aboriginal & Islander Health Service.
Eva has been an active Board of Director for over 30 years since the establishment of the organisation.
Justice of the Peace. JP.
Awarded the Medal of Australia OAM.
Currently employed by Australian Red Cross as the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer.     

                              

 

Name:
Randall Ross

Title:
Director
Elected at AGM 23/11/2016.

Qualifications:

Experience & Expertise:
Randal Ross has three indigenous backgrounds, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander. He was born in Townsville as a Bindal/Juru and Kaanjun descendant, with links to Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait and Tanna, Ambryn and Santo Islands in the South Pacific.
He originally started working in Juvenile Justice and Child Protection in both Queensland and New South Wales, and for the past 14 years he has been instrumental in the development of Indigenous Men's Leadership Programs in Canberra through FaCSIA - (Department of Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs).
Randal is committed to Indigenous Men’s Health and healing for families, men, women and young people as a co-founder of the Red Dust Healing, he has travelled nationally and internationally showcasing Red Dust Healing’s works and programs.

Randal has served on numerous boards, listed as follows:

Board Member of Central Aboriginal Land Council Dubbo as Board Secretary
Board Member of Indigenous Men's Health Council Northern Territory
Board Member of Jezzine Barrack's Community Trust
Member of Ausco Modular Homes Reconciliation Action Plan Indigenous Steering Committee
Board Member on Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Media (4K1G) Board
Board Member on Castle Hill PCYC Board
Indigenous Advisor for Townsville Australian Football League (AFL)