Our people

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Passionate, skilled and innovative

Passionate, skilled and innovative people make up the NTGPE staff.

We offer training and support services to GP registrars, GP supervisors and training posts. To do this, our people are skilled in medical education, management, administration, finance, counselling and well being, marketing and communications, events management, human resource management and information technology.

There are around 45 full-time staff and 15 casual medical educators and assessors.

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Cultural Educator
Elisabeth Heenan is a Tiwi woman from Milikapiti. Her skin group from her mother's side is Mullet and Nambidjimba (Coniston, Central Australia) on her father's side.
Darwin

Elisabeth Heenan is a Tiwi woman from Milikapiti community on the Tiwi Islands, where she spent her childhood growing up surrounded by a very large family. Her skin group from her mother’s side is Mullet and her skin name from her father’s side is Nambidjimba (her father being from Coniston, Central Australia). Elisabeth has spent a large portion of her life working in the health sector and has been working with GP registrars and other health professionals for NTGPE since November 2011 as a CE.

  • Cultural education
  • Cultural teaching visits
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Cultural Educator
Patricia Nungala Rankine’s clan group is Warlpiri/Kaditji and she also has connections with the Anmatjerra tribe around the Ti-Tree area in Central Australia.
Darwin

Patricia Nungala Rankine is from Alekerenge Community (Southeast of Tennant Creek) but had been living in Mungkarta Community, Southwest of Tennant Creek. Her clan group is Warlpiri/Kaditji but she also has connections with the Anmatjerra tribe around the Ti-Tree area in Central Australia. Patricia has been a Cultural Educator with NTGPE since December 2011 and is our resident expert on traditional kinship systems.

  • Cultural education
  • Cultural teaching visits
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Manager of Cultural Education
Peter has worked with Menzies in a similar position and has held various jobs in different industries across the territory.
Darwin

Peter's Aboriginality comes from the Butchella tribe from Fraser Island in Qld and through his father’s adoption and initiation process into the Gunibidji tribe in Maningrida. Peter grew up on the floodplains of the Adelaide River in the NT and has connections to Kakadu region in the NT, and also Wyndham in WA. He started with NTGPE as the Manager of Cultural Education in 2020, but his journey in cultural education started on the day he was born. He practices both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures and lives in both worlds making him a perfect candidate to lead the cultural education team at NTGPE.

Peter has a long history of working in the health education sector and worked as a cultural educator in the early 2000s, and with the Menzies School of Health Research. He comes from a background in media and is interested in the power of multimedia to improve communication and close the gap in health inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the NT.

Peter believes the primary goal of the cultural education team is to teach GPs how to challenge their preconceived ideas about working with Aboriginal patients and to help them to approach things differently.

Cultural education

  • Cultural awareness training
  • GP training and support
  • Management of the cultural education team