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First Nations & Outreach

Tjamu Tjamu 2009, by Kurltjunyintja (Jackie) Giles Tjapaltjarri

The First Nations and Outreach team comprises a small team of specialists working collaboratively to build pathways into AFTRS via outreach, community engagement and leading industry diversity and inclusion initiatives. Working across the School, the team ensures that First Nations cultures are firmly embedded in everything we do at AFTRS while ensuring that AFTRS takes a leadership position as the hub of excellence in screen and broadcast learning that is safe, inclusive and accessible to people from all across Australia.

With an internal and external focus, the team works to initiate and lead structured educational and training pathways for new, emerging and seasoned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners across Australia. Working with key industry stakeholders, the team supports AFTRS cultural remit to ensure the stories and voices we see and hear across the screen and broadcast industries are truly representative of all Australians.

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    Dr Romaine Moreton

    Dr Moreton is Goenpul Yagera of Stradbroke Island and Bundjulung of northe...

    Dr Romaine Moreton

    Dr Moreton is Goenpul Yagera of Stradbroke Island and Bundjulung of northern New South Wales. She is an internationally recognised writer of poetry, prose and film. While a Research Fellow…

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    Director of First Nations & Outreach

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    First Nations & Outreach

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    EO Gill

    EO Gill’s professional objective is to help foster diversity, equity, ex...

    EO Gill

    EO Gill’s professional objective is to help foster diversity, equity, experimentation and risk-taking within the creative arts sector. EO works within the First Nations and Outreach team as the Project…

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    SDIN Project Officer

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    First Nations & Outreach, Teaching & Learning

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    Joseph Cardona

    Joseph is a First Nations Girindji, Malak Malak and Badu Island man who ha...

    Joseph Cardona

    Joseph is a First Nations Girindji, Malak Malak and Badu Island man who has worked as a Project Coordinator in the AFTRS Indigenous Unit since 2018. Joseph has worked as…

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    Project Coordinator

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    First Nations & Outreach

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    Gary Paramanathan

    Gary Paramanathan works at the intersection of arts, culture and community...

    Gary Paramanathan

    Gary Paramanathan works at the intersection of arts, culture and community. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Australia, Gary studied arts management, screen and media. He has written and…

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    Outreach Manager

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    First Nations & Outreach

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    Sonia Smallacombe

    Sonia is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Daly River region of...

    Sonia Smallacombe

    Sonia is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. She is the second eldest of 12 children and lived her early years…

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    Elder in Residence

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    First Nations & Outreach

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    Marissa Ciampi

    Marissa Ciampi joined AFTRS as the Outreach Coordinator in September 2019 ...

    Marissa Ciampi

    Marissa Ciampi joined AFTRS as the Outreach Coordinator in September 2019 to help manage the Outreach initiatives Talent Camp and Media Lab. Marissa has over 10 years’ experience in creative…

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    Outreach Coordinator

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    First Nations & Outreach