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AMRRIC's elected Board is made up of a wide range of people, from both veterinary and environmental health, tertiary institution staff and private and corporate sector members.

Dr Peter Stephenson AMRRIC Vice President

Dr Peter Stephenson


Dr Stephenson is an experienced environmental health practitioner and tertiary educator with research and professional interests in environmental health policy and practice, including Indigenous communities’ capacity building, professional education and curriculum development. Peter is currently Head of Research at the NT Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Ted Donelen AMRRIC President

Dr Ted Donelan

Vice president

Dr Ted Donelan is a veterinarian based in Melbourne, where he has been running his own private practices for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Veterinary Association, a Senior Academic Associate of the University of Melbourne and Life Member of RSPCA Victoria. Ted has a long history of involvement in animal welfare and animal management policy planning and implementation at local, state and national levels. He has also had decades of interest in indigenous affairs.

For the past ten years Ted has provided a veterinary service including a comprehensive dog health program to the remote indigenous community of Maningrida, which with its outstations encompasses and area of some 10,000 square kilometers in Arnhem Land. Following these interests, it was a natural progression to involvement in Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities.

Ann-Margaret Withers

Dr Ann-Margret Withers


Dr Ann-Margret Withers is the Programs Veterinarian for RSPCA NSW. She has been involved in developing and delivering community companion animal health programs for RSPCA for the past nine years. This includes CAWS, a subsidised desexing scheme for the pets of pensioners and low income earners in rural areas, as well as programs in most remote Aboriginal communities in NSW. She has also been involved in similar programs overseas. She is very interested in the link between animal and human, health and welfare.

Dr Stephen Cutter

Dr Stephen Cutter

Dr Cutter is a veterinarian with three private veterinary practices in and around Darwin. He is committed to delivering dog health programs with the very best standards of animal welfare, and he and other veterinarians in his practices have conducted three-monthly dog health programs in the Tiwi Islands and in other Northern Territory communities for 10 years.

Kate Blaszak AMRRIC board member

Dr Kate Blaszak

Kate is Senior Veterinary and Welfare Adviser, World Animal Protection Asia Pacific. She is  based in Melbourne and travels frequently to Asia where she previously managed the regional companion and working animal programmes, with a focus on dog welfare, rabies and population management. Kate brings a broad range of animal welfare and one health project, policy, training and management experience. She is committed to serving local communities and their animals.

Simon Costello AMRRIC board member

Simon Costello

Simon Costello is originally from South East Queensland and is a proud Noonuccal man from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Simon holds a Senior Project Officer position with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Prior to this position Simon worked with Environmental Health Cairns, Tropical Public Health Services specifically in the area of Animal Management. In this position he was responsible for providing “on the job” training, project design and implementation, annual work planning, service agreement reporting and annual program reporting. Simon was instrumental in the development of the AMRRIC Reconciliation Action Plan and is passionate about fostering all levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leadership and self-determination.

Rosalie Shultz AMRRIC board member

Dr Rosalie Schultz

Rosalie grew up in Perth, and has lived and worked as a medical doctor throughout the NT since 1997. She has also ventured to work in rural Solomon Islands and East Timor. She has specialised training in public health and general practice. Rosalie believes that health arises from how people live. She would like to see promotion of children’s well-being, quality education, employment, housing and transport. She sees animal and human well-being as interconnected, and believes in the fundamental importance of ecosystems and the environment. 

Sabina Shugg

Sabina Shugg

Sabina is a mining engineer working in the field of management consulting. In her early twenties she returned to Kalgoorlie and worked in the mining industry for a few years before studying Mining Engineering at the WA School of Mines. She has since had a varied career working in operational and management roles in various parts of WA and the NT and these days primarily works in Perth. Sabina has an MBA from UWA. In 2003 Sabina started WIMWA (Women in Mining and Resources WA) which is a networking group for women in the resources sector.

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