Our Patron

Chief Justice Robert French

The Honourable Robert French AC

"Specific, targeted programs with a narrow focus which are not holistic but have contextual sensitivity may have flow-on results in other areas, and at least help to loosen the tangle of disadvantage. The One Disease organisation, whose present focus is the prevention and treatment of scabies in Aboriginal communities, is an example of that kind of program"

The Hon. Robert French AC has had significant involvement in Indigenous affairs, notably serving as the first President of the Native Title Tribunal. He was one of the founders of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and served as Inaugural Chairman. Click here to read his formal address upon being made our patron on 11th December 2014. 


Our Board of Advisors

Our Board are a group of distinguished individuals who offer us their expertise in medicine, research and business.

Our Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is a group of experts in infectious disease, dermatology and Indigenous health who offer their input and guidance to our Healthy Skin Program.

  • Dr Vicki Krause               -  Northern Territory Centre for Disease Control

  • Mr Eddie Mulholland      -  Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation

  • Dr Christine Connors -  Top End Health Services

  • Dr Simon Quilty              -  Katherine District Hospital


Michele Bray

Michelle Dowden

Michelle is the CEO for One Disease. A Registered Nurse Midwife with 25 years experience conducting health programs that focus on good clinical outcomes and the social determinants of health. The main focus of her work has been with remote indigenous communities and other large indigenous health services throughout Australia both in research and service delivery. Michelle lived and worked on Elcho Island for many years.

Michelle has a strong background and understanding of Continuous Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Healthcare both in research and service delivery. From 2003 until 2008 Michelle was the Project Manager for the Audit for Best Practice for Chronic Disease Project (ABCD). The ABCD project played pivotal role in the on-going CQI Strategy for the Northern Territory.

In 2006 she completed the Masters in Public Health at Charles Darwin University Treatise topic, Factors Affecting Uptake of CQI. Exploring how to embed processes for sustainability is paramount in the way Michelle works. She continues to be involved with research and contributes to peer reviewed publications.