Webinar: Aboriginal Insights - Small Business Wellbeing

Business Victoria, in partnership with Mindarma, invite you to a special webinar for the owners and employees of Aboriginal businesses.

Event: Aboriginal Insights - Small Business Wellbeing
Date: Friday 27 May 2022
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom or livestream
Duration: 1 Hour

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You will learn about:

  • How creating opportunities is transforming lives
  • Managing the challenges of walking in two worlds
  • How modern science is meeting ancient wisdom
  • The healing power of country, community and connection
  • Where you can go to get the right support

Join our expert panel as they share their unique experiences and practical advice on looking after your wellbeing as a small business owner or employee.


Brendan Hede, Small Business Wellbeing Consultant, Kinaway Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

Brendan has been a Small Business owner for 9 years, running a full-service telco grown from the ground up, managing Business Development, Customer Service & Sales and Marketing.

Brendan has worked for the last 18 months with the Partners in Wellbeing program in Victoria as the Small Business Wellbeing Consultant/Clinician with Kinaway-Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Brendan provides well-being support, business advice and financial counselling to business owners, staff and their families, along with support for the staff of Kinaway.

Megan Van Den Berg, Co-founder, Kinya Lerrk

Megan Van Den Berg the co-founder of Kinya Lerrk. Megan is a strong Aboriginal woman of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, and Boon Wurrung and has a long history of working in design/arts-based projects. In 2019 Megan and Emma Bamblett (Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara, Ngadjonji and Taungurung connections) established Kinya Lerrk, meaning “women coming together” in Wemba Wemba language. This 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business creates design and art-based products to make homes and offices come alive with products that celebrate Aboriginal culture and respectfully acknowledge traditional owners of the land.

Lionel Dukakis, Co-Founder, First Nations Traffic Management

Lionel Dukakis Co-Founder/Director of First Nations Traffic Management and First Nations Labour Hire Pty Ltd. Lionel is a proud Gunditjmara man, a former CEO and Program Manager of several Indigenous ACCHO’s and Indigenous run community programs. Lionel has been working in the Indigenous space for 30 years, 20 years of that working in the building and civil construction as well as mining in remote Western Australia and is passionate about creating change through employment for his Mob.

Sharon Brindley, Owner of Cooee Café and founder of Jala Jala Treats

Sharon Brindley is Founder and the proud owner of Cooee Café, the only Indigenous café on the Mornington Peninsula. In 2020, Sharon launched her wholesale supply business, Jala Jala Treats. In her Wajarri language, Jala Jala means very good. Jala Jala Treats supplies Corporate and Government entities and boutique retailers and are continually adding new stockists for their delicious Indigenous-flavoured chocolate bars, slices and coffee.


Dr Joe Tighe, Senior Psychologist, Mindarma

Dr Joe Tighe is a Senior Psychologist with international experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He specialises in innovation, psychological interventions, group work, clinical consultancy, men's health, training and resource production. In private practice Joe takes a strengths based and values led approach to psychological wellbeing.

He obtained his psychology degree in the UK in 2006 and completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales/Black Dog Institute. Joe's doctoral research involved the world's first trial of the Black Dog Institute's ibobbly app for suicide prevention. Joe was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to research the effectiveness of this mobile technology.

Joe also co-founded and managed the multiple award winning Alive & Kicking Goals! suicide prevention project in 2008, in Broome, Western Australia. Under his guidance the project received the Australian Medical Association's leading primary healthcare award in 2014.

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