Kimina Andersen believes that establishing Indigenous leadership on mental health within the non-government sector is critical to improving health outcomes and quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.
Kimina is both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander with maternal ties to Wuthathi of Cape York and Erub Island in the Torres Strait. Her paternal heritage is Wakka Wakka in the North Burnett region.
She is a social worker with more than 25 years working in the area of Indigenous mental health and social and emotional wellbeing and has committed her career working to address obstacles faced by Indigenous Queenslanders seeking culturally responsive services and systems.
Kimina was one of two Australian delegates that formed the founding membership of the Wharerata Group - an international network of Indigenous leaders in mental health.
She has demonstrated her leadership on nationally significant activities as a co-author of The Inside Out: The mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in custody report (2008) – a study on the prevalence of mental illness among incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members in Queensland.
At the State level Kimina held the position of Program Director and established the program Way Forward: An Indigenous approach to wellbeing for Queensland Health, a culturally informed strengths focused approach to improving mental health and addictions outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.
Kimina is committed to overcoming the obstacles and improving the cultural security of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and believes this will be achieved with the establishment of Indigenous designed, led and delivered services for her community members.