Our Advisory Board

Jim Maher

Jim has a Bachelor of Arts (with honours in Philosophy and Logic), and worked in the IT industry in PNG, Victoria and South Australia – including many years as IT Manager in the local timber industry. After leaving IT, Jim taught in the Business and Management program at TAFESA Mount Gambier, and over the past 5 years has taught in the Social Work and Foundation Studies programs at the Mount Gambier campus of UniSA. He has been an elected member of the Mount Gambier City Council for the past 7 years with a particular focus on the areas of environmental sustainability, community development, lifelong learning and reconciliation. He has been the presiding member of the Council’s corporate and Community Services Committee and the Lifelong Learning sub-Committee.

We wish to acknowledge the wonderful life and work of Viv Maher, who passed away recently. Viv was a social worker of many years standing, having graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree accompanying her social work qualification. In her career Viv combined both practice and teaching of Social Work. She established the field work unit at the University of Papua New Guinea, and more recently taught and guided Social Work students at the Mount Gambier campus of UniSA. She was a key contributor to most of the main support agencies in Mount Gambier and the South East, and taught senior Economics at Tenison Woods College. Viv was senior Social Worker at Pangula Mannamurna, the Aboriginal Health Service for the South East. She was awarded life membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, a rare and highly deserved honour. Viv was an elder of great wisdom, knowledge, and grace, and her advice, intelligence, compassion, and humour will be greatly missed.

Dr Scott Heyes

Dr Scott Heyes is an Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, Australia. He is Convener of Indigenous studies in the Faculty. He holds research associate positions at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center in Washington D.C., and at Trent University’s Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies in Canada. His research and teaching interests centre on Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous heritage issues in Indigenous Australia, Fiji, and the Inuit homelands of Arctic Canada. He is currently working on design, mapping and oral history projects in these three regions in partnership with Indigenous communities and organisations. He frequently takes students to the field to participate in research projects, including an annual visit to remote parts of Fiji, where students learn about natural systems and Fijian knowledge directly from Indigenous Fijians. He supervises a rich cohort of graduate students who are engaged in design and ethnographic projects.

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