Our Academy Leadership Team
Deputy Vice-President Indigenous Engagement
Professor Adrian Miller is the Deputy Vice-President Indigenous Engagement, BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health and Equity Research (CIHER) at Central Queensland University. During the past 25 years in higher education, he has demonstrated excellence in management, leadership, academic program development, teaching and research. This wealth of experience stands him in good stead to provide strategic leadership and vision to the management and growth of the First Nations RHD Academy.
He is an established Public Health scholar and is known nationally and internationally for his research and leadership in Indigenous and environmental health, infectious diseases, higher education and immunology. Professor Miller has won $26M in grants in his career to date and is a recognised expert with the Academy of Sciences. His recent national and international publications and outcomes have influenced national and state policies, in particular, national pandemic planning. Additionally, he is currently an associate supervisor to three PhD students and mentor to two PhD students.
His passion for achieving collaborative outcomes for Indigenous communities and mentoring Indigenous leadership in Academia has seen his vision for an Indigenous RHD Academy to be established at CQUniversity.
Professor Jenni Judd
Professor Health Promotion
Jenni Judd is the Academy Lead Mentor and is responsible for the academic and research skill building for First Nations RHD candidates including the oversight of training and support of candidates and supervisors, mentoring candidates and working with the Academy coordinator to deliver key performance indicators. Jenni is an experienced mentor supervisor who has completed 15 HDR students- 11 PhDs, 1 DPH, and 3 Masters research degrees. She currently supervises 8 PhD, 1 Doctor of Education, 4 Masters Research. She has extensive experience in facilitating Cohort models for HDR students. Five years were with Indigenous HDR students in the Building Indigenous Research Capacity NHMRC grant as the Senior Research Fellow and three with the Doctoral Cohort studies program as the Principal Research Fellow. Jenni is an applied qualitative researcher with interests in Indigenous Health and Education, Health Services, Health Promotion, Capacity building, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and rural and remote health. She had over 28 years of Industry experience in Education and Health in the Northern Territory and has been successful in over $5m in Cat 1 and 2 grants. Jenni is passionate about recruiting, retaining and completing HDR students who flourish and learn from their research studies.
Dr Lorraine Tulele
Project Officer ISSP
Dr Lorraine Tulele is the First Nations Research Higher Degree (RHD) Academy coordinator at CQUniversity. She is responsible for the day to day running of the Academy, including but not limited to planning, logistics, training, mentoring, and supporting First Nations RHD candidates. In her role, Lorraine ensures that Indigenous RHD students are provided with relevant academic, cultural, pastoral, financial, publication, resource, and systems support to be able to achieve required milestones and complete their studies.
In 2019, Lorraine completed her PhD in Human Resource Management/Employment Relations. Her other qualifications include a Masters (Honours) degree in Human Resource Management/Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Politics. For the past 23 years, she has worked in Australian and international universities as a tutor, lecturer, human resource practitioner, project/research officer, and coordinator. She has gained expertise in working as a human resource practitioner; teaching courses such as human resource management, employment relations, organisational behaviour, and change management; and conducting research in Indigenous training and employment. She has a strong interest in applied research and a publication track that has just begun. Lorraine has strong leadership experience and a great passion for achieving outcomes in the areas of First Nations-focussed training and employment, higher education and research higher degrees.
Marina Mikecz is the Executive Officer, Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE), providing advisory, analytical and support services to Professor Adrian Miller and the OIE staff. She collaborates with internal and external stakeholders on OIE projects, prepares reports, submissions and business cases and identifies and advises on policy and procedures relevant to the Office of Indigenous Engagement and the wider University. She is a member of the RHD Academy leadership group using her 25 years of experience working in community development, human resources, and partnerships and engagement with Indigenous organisations and communities.
Marina holds a Master in International Community Development from Deakin University and is currently studying a Diploma of Sustainable Living with the University of Tasmania. Her work is informed by a strengths-based approach and her research focuses on Indigenous education.