Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland.
As CEO of the Healing Foundation since September 2010 Richard has overseen the strategic development of the organisation, which has supported more than 135 culturally strong, community led Indigenous healing projects around Australia. During his 13 years at Maari Ma Health in Far West NSW including nine years as CEO (2000-2009), Richard led the delivery of high quality health care and improved health outcomes for adults and children alike in a remote region known for the poor health status of its population. During this time Maari Ma won five NSW health awards and a national health award.
Richard is a member of the National Health Leadership Forum and the Close the Gap Working Group. He is also an advisory committee member for the National Empowerment Project and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.
‘Using evaluation for better Indigenous Program Design’
In this presentation Richard will outline his experience applying string Evaluation Frameworks in program delivery and how it has led to better outcomes and design’ He will also discuss the challenges and shortcomings of current approaches to Australian policy implementation and how Indigenous designed evaluation frameworks might lead to more meaningful outcomes for the people most affected by Indigenous development programs He will draw on his experience in Far West NSW as CEO of Maari Ma Health and his last 8 years leading The Healing Foundation, a national Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, supporting communities to heal from the toxic impacts of historical trauma.