Oodgeroo staff

Acting Director and Manager

Dr Keane Wheeler

Dr Keane Wheeler is a proud Ngarabal man and the first Indigenous Australian to graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
Dr Wheeler completed his doctoral research in exercise science and progressed to working as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. In this time, Dr Wheeler was the Course Convenor for the Sport and Exercise Science degrees including double degrees, and contributed to more than doubling the student cohort enrolled in his time. Dr Wheeler then returned to USC where he worked as the Head of Indigenous Services. In this capacity Dr Wheeler led strategic decision-making regarding programs that built the academic preparedness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and assisted in retaining students in Higher Education. Dr Wheeler then took up an appointment as Associated Head of Institute (Student Experience) at the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University where he applied current professional theory and best practice regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and cultural capability to maintain, develop and evaluate services and engagement practises at Deakin. To achieve this, he collaborated with relevant work areas to assist in the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary empowerment programs addressing identified and emerging needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Oodgeroo teams

Professional Services team

We are your first point of contact for office inquiries. The Professional Services Team provides high-quality operational and administrative support to students and staff of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Acting Team Leader - Davinia Lagarde

Davinia Lagarde is a descendant of the Kuungkari/Gunggari Language Group from far South West Queensland (Channel Country), and has family connections to Jundah, Stonehenge, and Longreach.

Davinia brings to the Oodgeroo Unit over eighteen years of experience working in the Higher Education Sector and Student Administration over three Universities.  Working at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in varied roles, including Human Resources, Research Higher Degrees, two Student Centres, three Faculties and one School.  Her experience external to the Higher Education Sector includes working at the Office of the Medical Board Queensland, registering General Practitioners.

Davinia has been at QUT for some time, previously working in Creative Industries, Faculty of Education and the Learning, and Teaching Unit (LTU) in the Chancellery.
Davinia joins the Oodgeroo Unit from the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) where she worked previously as Programs and Communications Officer.

Personal Assistant to the Director/Project Officer, Oodgeroo - Angie Reynolds

Angie Reynolds (nee Lockwood) is from Armidale NSW and is a descendent of the Gumbaynggirr & Dhungutti nations. She is the Project Administration Officer/Personal Assistant to the Director of the Oodgeroo Unit. She is also the front face of the Oodgeroo Unit at Gardens Point Campus and is your first point of contact with all enquires to the Oodgeroo Unit. Where the enquiry is more specific enquiry she can help direct you to one of team members.

Over approximately 15 years she has worked within 3 universities University of New England, Deakin University and QUT in the Student Support and Administrative support.  Previous to the Oodgeroo Unit she worked approximately six years within the Creative Industries Faculty and was a part of both the Student Service Support and Academic Services Team. She has also worked within the Centrelink (Department of Human Services) call centre.

Administration Officer, Kelvin Grove - Naomi Booth

Naomi Booth is a descendant of the Goreng Goreng people from Central Queensland and the Bunthamara people of South West Queensland. Naomi is the Administration Officer for the Oodgeroo Unit.

Naomi has worked for Queensland Health and NSW Housing as well as completing her Diploma of Business through the QUT Indigenous Pilot Traineeship Program, in 2015. Her current role is assisting current and prospective students and assisting and supporting staff in administration, student orientations and/or educational events.

Learning Support team

The Learning Support Team is focused on supporting students across all QUT campuses and those undertaking external study. We are committed to providing academic and cultural support and delivering the Keystones of Success: Supporting Our Future Leaders Program to students.

Team Leader - Lexie McGourty

Alexis (Lexie) McGourty

Student Success Officer - Seth Willie

Sethy (Seth) Willie 

Learning Support Officer - Annie Tyhuis

Annie Tyhuis (nee Pilot) is from Erub Island (Darnley), Eastern Torres Strait and her Clan is Saisarem. Annie is a graduate from Kerr's Business College, Brisbane and obtained a Certificate III in Business from Challenge Recruitment. She has worked in the areas of accounts/finance for 21 years before her employment at QUT and is a practising Justice of Peace (Qualified).

Annie supports Indigenous students to help them succeed at university and improve the QUT's retention rate of Indigenous students.

Recruitment, Events and Communications team

The Oodgeroo Unit Recruitment, Events and Communications team is focused on the recruitment of prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the various degrees QUT has to offer. The team actively promotes the Oodgeroo Unit and QUT to Indigenous communities locally and nationally. We are the first point of contact for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wishing to study at QUT
  • schools requiring information or presentations
  • the public and private sectors offering career opportunities for Oodgeroo Unit students.

Team Leader - vacant

Recruitment and Community Engagement Officer - Fiona Smallwood

Fiona Smallwood is a descendent of the Birri-Gubba nation from North Queensland and also a descendant of South Sea Island heritage from Tanna Island. Fiona is the Recruitment and Community Engagement Officer for the Oodgeroo Unit.

Fiona has worked in the National Australia Bank (Business sector), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and non-government organisations. During this time Fiona has completed a Certificate IV in Business, and has worked and volunteered in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Fiona's role is to engage with prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and community members on a local and national scale into QUT, endorse the Oodgeroo Unit and promote the admission pathways program through a number of marketing approaches.

Events and Projects Support Officer - Vacant

Communications Support Officer - Vacant

Contacts

Kelvin Grove - Head Office

  • Phone: 3138 3610
  • Toll free: 1800 645 513
  • Fax: 3138 3982
  • Postal address:
    Oodgeroo Unit
    Victoria Park Rd.
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

Gardens Point

  • Phone: 3138 1548