Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
Tom is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah north-west NSW. Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia, a part time Deputy Commissioner at the Mental Health Commission of NSW and Co-chairs the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce.
Since the early 1990’s Tom has worked in Indigenous mental health and health policy; social and emotional wellbeing; clinical mental health care; suicide prevention; education and mental health leadership. Between 2007 and 2020, Tom was the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program.
Tom sits on multiple committees to improve the health and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Tom has many published articles regarding the mental health and related area workforces and advocates for the broad emerging mental health professional workforces across all health and human services.