Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service

Board of Directors

Chairperson: Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone

Janet was born in Portland, Victoria and has been a resident of the EMR for the last 3 decades. Janet has been involved in a range of Aboriginal community organisations including Minajalku and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. Janet has served on several national and international committees developing policy and community development protocols. Janet is currently employed as a Sessional academic in the Health Science Faculty at the Australian Catholic University, and a HDR at the College of Art & Design, Australian National University.


Deputy Chairperson: Uncle David Farrall

I am a proud Eastern Arrernte (Alice Springs) man that has lived in the Eastern Metropolitan area of Melbourne all my life. So, I can call this place my home and community but my Culture and Stories come from the Centre.  I am actively involved with the Aboriginal community in the EMR and also, I sit on the Koorie Courts as a respected elder.

I have been honoured to be in a leadership role in this community since 1995. Being on several committees and board of management structures. The community has given me strength and belonging over the years and with this knowledge and life experience I have been a strong advocate for their needs and aspirations.

Being in a position to be part of a team with Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) that provides a cultural, nurturing and clinical services to those people that have been exposed to Family Violence gives me immense satisfaction.

Healing is a natural and cultural way of how we look after our people in a non-judgmental way that has positive outcomes.


Treasurer: Jake Berthelot

A Potawurtj Padthaway man with experience in strategy and finance across a variety of industries including Gaming & Entertainment, Retail and Management Consulting. Jake is passionate about the Indigenous business sector and promoting opportunities within it to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australia. Building successful and rewarding relationships by advising and guiding clients in the value of diversity and the inclusion of Indigenous business and community.

Director: Jaynaya Williams

Jaynaya Williams is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is considered a role model for the work that she undertakes in respect of family violence in Aboriginal communities. Jaynaya has been involved in a range of Aboriginal community organisations including the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath Organisation and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission and Djirra, formerly known as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria, where she served on the Board for 10 years.

Jaynaya is currently working  at Djirra.


Director: Aunty Lucia Baulch

Lucia Baulch, affectionately known as Aunty Lou says her two passions in life are advocating for improved health outcomes for Indigenous people and singing.  She grew up in Orbost as the eldest and only girl with eight brothers.  “Life was hard but good with stern and loving parents and everything handmade and home grown”.  At 18 years old, Aunty Lou left Orbost to study nursing and midwifery.  She married and worked at the Lilydale Bush Nursing Hospital and in community nursing until having two children and changing to a night shift position.  She says that once you are a nurse, you are always a nurse.  This led her to establish a support group for new mums as well as being involved in numerous volunteering roles and charities throughout her life.  Aunty Lou is often invited to sit at the table with Government to advise on strategies to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to chronic illness, family violence and improving life expectancy.

A few year ago, she did something for herself and joined the Mullum Mullum Yen-Gali Choir.  The Choir from Indigenous, non- Indigenous and refugee backgrounds have come together with the common love of singing, united by a sense of community and reconciliation.  She says singing is healing.  Her heritage is Monaro-Ngarigo and Anglo Indian on her maternal side and Italian on her paternal side.  Aunty Lou has lived in Mount Evelyn for 54 years and life for her now is busy, happy and involved in community.


Director: Tony McCartney

Tony’s heritage comes from the Wotjobaluk tribe in the western part of Victoria. Tony is a father to 5 sons and 4 daughters and has 10 grandchildren.

Tony has worked in a number of industries such as, Distribution Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing, Youth Residential Services , Drug & Alcohol Services , Employment Strategies and Recruitment , Housing, Health Services, Higher Education and the VET Sector. Tony has held several Senior Leadership roles In Aboriginal Corporations including senior advocacy roles at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Tony is committed to giving back to the community and holds a number of Governance roles in Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal Healing Services, Aboriginal Theatre Company and Early Aboriginal Childhood Services.


Director: Josef Tye

Is a Yorta Yorta man with extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs across government and the tertiary educational sector. In recent years his career has been focused on Human Resources and the creation of employment opportunities for mob. Josef is a strong advocate for economic inclusion of our mob and believes that for these to be meaningful we must ensure the strong health and wellbeing of our communities.