2016 Distinguished Past Student Award winner

Vicki graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Technology) from QAC in 1976.

After six years of working in the food industry she took up a position in the Food Advisory Standards section of the Commonwealth Department of Health. This led to a Policy Officer position for Equal Employment Opportunity, a new public sector area at that time.

On completion of a 12 month Public Sector Executive Development program she was promoted into Public Health Policy. Over the next five years Vicki was involved in a number of areas including, alcohol and drugs, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and mental health.

During this time she represented Australia at several international sector forums, in particular the UN World Health and Food and Health Organisation’s conventions on Nutrition Policy and the Rights of the Mentally Ill.

It was her experience in public health that led her to Indigenous Health policy and related programs, where she has largely remained. On leaving the public sector and completing her Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, she took a position managing the newly formed Division of General Practice in Alice Springs.

During this time, Vicki was nominated for, and was awarded the NT Telstra Business Women’s Award.
Continuing her career, she has held positions in Menzies School of Health Research heading corporate services, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress managing remote health services and now in Tjuntjuntjara managing a remote health service with clinical, aged care and youth services.