NPY Women’s Council welcomes new Deputy CEO

NPY Women’s Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Leisa McCarthy as their new Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Dr McCarthy is a Warumungu woman from the Barkly region and grew up in Alice Springs.  Leisa has held extensive roles in Aboriginal health, research, policy and management across her career.

It’s an honour to be a part of the NPY Women’s Council. I look forward to working with colleagues and Anangu across the NPY lands”. Dr Leisa McCarthy

Leisa started her career training to be an Aboriginal Health Worker before undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition) and Masters in Community Nutrition to work as a Public Health Nutritionist. Leisa has held positions in policy, management, coordination and service delivery at the national, state/territory and local levels in Government agencies and the Aboriginal community controlled health sector.

For the past 15 years, Leisa has been involved in research and has held various roles across Aboriginal health services and research sectors. Leisa has been employed with the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) for the past 12 years and obtained a PhD in 2017.

More recently Leisa has worked across two organisations including dual roles as Research Development Coordinator and Nutrition Program lead at Menzies as well as Coordinator of research activities and capacity building of Aboriginal researchers with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

We are very happy to welcome Dr Leisa McCarthy to NPY Women’s Council. Leisa’s breadth of experience in Aboriginal health and research will be a great asset to the organisation and act to support the substantial work we do in this area across the NPY lands”

We are looking forward to Leisa’s expertise contributing to the strategic and operational development of NPY Women’s Council in our ongoing commitment to Anangu women and families in remote Central Australia”.  NPY Women’s Council CEO Liza Balmer