Meet our staff

Our staff are dedicated to providing a safe space for QUT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to share and discuss ideas, resources, challenges and experiences.

Our Director

Julie Cook

Julie Cook is a proud Nunukal woman; her traditional country is Minjerribah-North Stradbroke Island.

Within Ms Cooks role as the Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, she manages and leads the university’s Oodgeroo Unit and oversees the successful development and implementation of recruitment, support, and retention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Guiding the Oodgeroo Unit to provide leadership, expertise and advice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student matters to all parts of the university.

Developing and reviewing policies, objectives and strategies relevant to the Oodgeroo Unit ensuring alignment with the university’s priorities and strategic direction.

To help address all aspects of student success, including career development and employment, retention and case management, support for learning and student partnership and leadership development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Julie’s passion is to ensure services are culturally safe, inclusive and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Acting Manager

Kathryn Martin-Anderson

Kathryn Martin is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, descendant of the Umu Mere and Umai Lag peoples. As the Acting Manager of the Oodgeroo Unit, Kathryn directs the operations across Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses to ensure successful student and community engagement; recruitment of staff and prospective students; and the learning support of QUT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Performance team

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

Senior Performance Coordinator

Deb Palmer

Deb is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman from the Coorong in South Australia. Deb has a passion for employment, education and learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples along with a general interest in Indigenous Affairs.

As Senior Performance Coordinator, Deb is responsible for the management of the Performance Team and oversees business process implementation and reporting of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Performance Support Officer

Suzanne Savage

Suzanne Savage is a descendant of the Bidjara and Dunghutti mobs, traditional lands lay in South West Queensland. As the Performance Support Officer for the Oodgeroo Unit, Suzanne is responsible for implementing business processes including general financial administration to support staff and students.

Performance Support Assistant, Gardens Point campus

Parina Wasaga-Soki

Parina Wasaga-Soki is a Kaurareg and Mualgal / Italgal woman. Parina is the first point of contact for the Gardens Point Oodgeroo Unit and responsible for support the day to day activities of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Performance Support Assistant, Kelvin Grove campus

Desirai Saunders

Desirai is the first point of contact for the Kelvin Grove Oodgeroo Unit and is responsible for administrative duties and assisting and supporting the day to day activities of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Business Trainee

Waratah Blow

Waratah Blow is a proud Nunukal and Palawa woman. Waratah will be working across all parts of the Oodgeroo Unit and assisting and supporting the staff and students of the Oodgeroo Unit while also studying a Certificate III in Business.

Learning Support team

The Learning Support team is focused on supporting and engaging current Oodgeroo Unit undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework) 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.

Indigenous Career Counsellor

Barry Ryan

Learning Success Officer, Gardens Point campus

Kate Leitch

Kate is a Woppaburra woman from the Keppel Islands with cultural connections to Kalkadoon country in Mt Isa and Pentecost Island in the South Sea.

Her role as a Learning Success Officer is to provide advice and feedback to the Manager and the Senior Learning Success Coordinator on initiatives, strategies, and practices aimed at assisting Oodgeroo students to achieve academically and personally.

Learning Support Officer, Gardens Point campus

Annie Tyhuis

Annie Tyhuis is a Seisarem woman of Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. Based at Gardens Point campus, Annie is the first point of contact for students studying within the Faculty of Business & Law and Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering.

Learning Support Officer

Seth Willie

Seth Willie is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Nanima with connections to Dubbo / Peak Hill, Central West NSW and Vanuatu.

As the Learning Support Officer Seth Is the first point of contact for students studying within the, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice and Faculty of Health.

Recruitment and Community Engagement team

Our Recruitment and Community Engagement team is focused on the recruitment of prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We actively promote the Oodgeroo Unit and QUT to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 opportunities to partner with the Oodgeroo Unit.

Senior Recruitment and Community Engagement Coordinator

Katalin Csatlos

Katalin Csatlos is a descendant of the Budjiti mob and has connections to the Kunja mob traditional lands situated in South West Queensland. As thethe Senior Recruitment and Community Engagement Coordinator, Katalin oversees the Oodgeroo Unit recruitment and Widening Participation activities, on-campus events, and community engagement activities.

Engagement Support Officer

Desmond Frescon

Desmond Frescon is an Iman and Kannalu man. As the Engagement Support Officer, Desmond is responsible for organising and facilitating the Oodgeroo Unit’s admission pathway program, Centralised Assessment and Selection Program (CASP) and supporting Oodgeroo Unit events.

Engagement Coordinator- Diversity Projects

Fiona Smallwood

Fiona Smallwood is a Biri and South Sea woman. As the Engagement Coordinator - Diversity Projects Fiona is responsible for improving community engagement and facilitating a range of initiatives aimed at increasing student access and recruitment to university.

Get in touch

Get in touch if you have any questions about the Oodgeroo Unit or study options.