Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative Limited (GEGAC) has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kenton Winsley.

GEGAC’s Board of Directors announced the appointment today, following a national recruitment campaign and the review of 43 applications from all over Australia.

About Kenton Winsley

Kenton is a Ngan’gi man, and was born and raised in the Northern Territory.

He grew up on the Kenbi lands in the remote community of Belyuen, and has a profound connection to his culture.

Kenton’s grandfather’s country is Ngambu Ngambu, and his grandmother’s is Jingili.

Before his current role, Kenton held senior executive leadership positions within the Northern Territory Government, including Senior Advisor to the Chief Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Top End Health Services Director of Aboriginal Health Practitioners, and Area Service Manager (Adult Prison and Youth Detention Centre).

He also served as Health Commissioner on the Northern Territory Liquor Commission and Commissioner of the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission.

Kenton’s most recent appointment was with the Victorian Department of Health, where he served as the Regional Director of Public Health and Emergency Management, overseeing the delivery of Prevention and Population Health, Emergency Management, and Health Protection.

Additionally, he currently serves on the Victorian Adult Parole Board, Mental Health Tribunal, and Police Services and Registration Board.

Kenton was recently elected as President of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Kenton is a registered healthcare professional with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners Board of Australia, the Paramedicine Board of Australia, and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Kenton holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), Bachelor of Nursing, Advanced Diplomas in Government Management, Leadership and Human Resources, and qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice).

Kenton will commence as CEO on January 15, 2024, and will be based in the Dalmahoy Street precinct in Bairnsdale.

“I’m excited to join GEGAC and believe in the collective power of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations,” he said. “Through active participation, I aim to contribute to closing the gap by embedding place-based models of care and ensuring culturally sensitive and responsive services are at the forefront of our approaches.”

“I will ensure that GEGAC empowers the Aboriginal community living on Gunaikurnai Country, and that we work towards setting Aboriginal people up for success.”

“The emphasis on community leadership aligns with my commitment to shaping our shared future, driving positive change, and preserving our cultural identity.”

“I believe in the impact of community-led initiatives, and ACCOs like GEGAC are pivotal in addressing gaps by designing services to meet our specific needs. I value the focus on community-centred care approaches, ensuring interventions are contextually relevant and fostering improvements in health and overall well-being. I look forward to contributing to the positive transformation and empowerment of Aboriginal people through my involvement with GEGAC.”

Comments from GEGAC Board Chair Jeffrey Cooper

GEGAC Board Chair Jeffrey Cooper said Kenton brings a wealth of leadership experience, particularly in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Sector and Government Departments across the Northern Territory and Victoria.

“His leadership experience will serve GEGAC by not only elevating its profile on the state and national agenda, but also fostering invaluable collaborations and initiatives that address critical healthcare issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” he said. “With expertise in healthcare, emergency management, and public health, Kenton is dedicated to improving health outcomes and contributing to a fair and just society.”

“Holding licenses as a Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Registered Nurse, and Registered Paramedic, Kenton’s attributes reflect his commitment to excellence in healthcare,” Jeffrey said.

“The GEGAC Board eagerly anticipates Kenton’s positive contributions to the community and the continued success of GEGAC under his guidance,” Jeffrey said. “We are confident that his leadership will usher in an era of growth and impact for our organisation, building a stable and just future for Aboriginal mob, and of course GEGAC.”

“Please join me in making Kenton’s transition onto Gunaikurnai Country a welcome one.”

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