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The Danila Dilba Health Service Management Committee is made up of Aboriginal people living in the Yilli Rreung Region. The Management Committee is responsible for managing and controlling the affairs of Danila Dilba Health Service in accordance to the Rules of the Association (Constitution). 

Our Directors
braiden abala

Braiden Abala(Chairperson) has extensive experience in public policy, child protection and health promotion and is currently Project Manager at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Braiden has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Masters of Health and International Development.

carol stanislaus

Carol Stanislaus (Deputy Chair)is the Engagement Coordinator, Darwin Town Communities with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and has worked in a variety of Indigenous positions in tourism, local government and justice throughout the NT.  She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development. 

vanessa harris

Vanessa Harris is the Executive Officer of the NT Mental Health Coalition and has a Bachelor of Health Science, Majoring in Management from Flinders University. Vanessa worked for the Commonwealth Government, in OATSIH and in Aboriginal Community Control (KWHB) and more recently with the Lowitja Institute. Vanessa is currently on the NHMRC funded research project with Flinders University and on the Community capability and the social determinants of health committee with the Lowitja Institute.

mark munnich

Mark Munnich is a proud Gunggandji and Yawuru man born and raised in Darwin Northern Territory. Mark is currently in his final year of his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Charles Darwin University and is the Community Legal Educator with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and also an Indigenous Cadet with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory in the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). Mark is a former staff member of Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) before he went on to pursue a career in Law, however he maintains a passion for improving the status of Indigenous Health in the Northern Territory. As the youngest board member, Mark hopes to capitalize on this opportunity by way of contributing back to the organisation and the members of the DDHS community.

Kirsty Nichols is a Muran woman who grew up in Darwin and was previously on the Board in 2011. Kirsty is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science Occupational Therapy at Charles Darwin University and works as a Principal Policy Officer at the NT Department of Health. Kirsty has a keen interest in working in rural and remote settings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and internationally with other First Nations people.

Nicole Butler is a proud Larrakia/Wadjigan (Top End) and Eastern Arrente (Central) Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory. Nicole is a qualified social worker, having completed a Bachelor of Social Work through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and graduating with Honours Class 2B. Since graduating she has defined a career for herself in child and family welfare, with experience across child protection, out-of-home care, residential care services, youth at risk (street work-outreach), secure care, juvenile justice, and care and protection research and program and policy development in Victoria and now in the Northern Territory. Nicole is currently undertaking a secondment as a Senior Strategic Policy Officer with the Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory.

Phyllis Mitchell

Phyllis Mitchell (Larrakia Officer) has served on the boards of Larrakia Development Corporation, Larrakia Nation and Radio Larrakia. She worked with the NT Government for 35 years in areas such as construction, transport, parliamentary education, finance and at Port Keats as a manager of interpreter services. Phyllis retired in 2014 and has also been Vice President of the Brothers junior Rugby league. She was also an exceptional softball player where she made a number of rep sides. 

Non-member Directors
Priscilla Collins

Priscilla Collins is Eastern Arrernte from Central Australia and mother of six children. She is the CEO of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. Previously Cilla was the CEO of the CAAMA Group and has been on the Boards of Indigenous Business Australia, Imparja Television, National Indigenous Television Service and Indigenous Screen Australia, and Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association. 

David Pugh

David Pugh is the CEO of NT Anglicare and has a Masters of Business degree. Before that he was the CEO of St Luke's Anglicare in Bendigo, Victoria, has held senior government positions and worked in Milingmbi and Nhulunbuy. David is on the Anglicare Australia Board, APONT NGO Partnership Steering Group  and the NT Government NGO Consultative Committee. 


* Non-member Directors were introduced to the Board under changes to the Danila Dilba constitution adopted by members at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

They are independent, Board-appointed Directors who are not members of Danila Dilba and whose family members have no financial interest in Danila Dilba.

They might bring special experience to the Board like community development, health, finance, the law and accounting to add to the skills of elected Directors.