Neil's long and distinguished career was dedicated to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Neil’s determination and long-term involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health began with his tertiary training in medicine, mathematics, anthropology and public health. In 1997, Neil was responsible for establishment of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet which, due to his pioneering efforts, is a nationally respected, innovative and award winning resource.
It is thanks to Neil that Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a proud partner of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. Over several years the two organisations worked together to combine research translation, women’s health expertise, knowledge transfer and community education to provide the highest quality information on women’s health.
Neil had an incredible passion and commitment to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health and the fantastic work that he did, continues with the team at Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and is a fitting tribute to him.
Jean Hailes would like to extend condolences to Neil’s family and to the staff at Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet who worked with Neil for so many years.