Julie Tongs, is a Wiradjuri woman and has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for over 35 years. She has occupied the position of CEO at the ACT Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service since 1997 and NACCHO Director for the same period of time.
Included in her working career are the positions of Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the Woden Valley Hospital, and Assistant Advisor to the Honourable Robert Tickner MP, the former Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
This experience has enabled Julie to appreciate the needs of the Canberra and region Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community to the extent that she has developed a health service which is directed by Community needs, is holistic and focused on closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous people’s health. Julie’s leadership in best practice and innovative solutions in service delivery are examples of how local economic solutions can be applied nationally.