Our Cultural Contributors and Partners

The services delivered by Kultchafi have been developed over more than two decades, working in consultation with Elders and Traditional Owners from across Australia.
The development was headed by Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian (deceased), a proud Aboriginal Australian woman of the Taribelang, Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng and Kabi Kabi peoples. Aunty Cheri, pictured left, worked closely with Wongi Elder Aunty Josie Boyle (deceased). 
Today, Kultchafi works to deliver accessible and inclusive cultural healing services for all peoples, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, staying true to the integrity and wisdom of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices who are sharing their knowledge to support Reconciliation in Action.
We partner with Traditional Owners, Elders and academics from across the nation, and work directly with six Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

Aunty Lurlene Henderson

Aunty Lurlene is a Kabi Kabi Elder. A Director of the Lonweigh Aboriginal Corporation, the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre and the Bunya People's Aboriginal Corporation.

Aunty Jenny Springham

Aunty Jenny is an Elder of the Goreng Goreng people in Central Queensland, and delivers Healing Circles to all people without barriers or discrimination. Aunty Jenny has had a long career in the areas of Aboriginal Health, Child Safety and Youth Support. In 2022, she was named Elder of the Year for Bundaberg region in the NAIDOC awards.

Uncle Wayne Fossey

Uncle Wayne is an experienced Principal, teacher and educator, and has been involved in research into Learning Communities across Australia and Torres Strait Islander communities. He is a member of the University of Southern Queensland Elders' and Valued Persons' Advisory Board.

Uncle Stirling Eggmolesse

Uncle Stirling is a Gooreng Gooreng Elder and a Director of the multi-award-winning Indigenous Wellbeing Centre.

Aunty Sarina Jan

Aunty Sarina is a Bardi descendent (Nyul Nyul clan) from the Kimberley region (family name is Hunter) and is strong in her Aboriginality, identity and culture. In 2018, she was awarded the Northern Territory Top End NAIDOC - Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also of Chinese descent and is proud of her Asian ancestry.

Teagan Cowlishaw

Aboriginal designer Teagan (TJ) Cowlishaw founded and operates the AARLI Aboriginal design house. Born in Darwin, she is a Bardi descendent and has family links to Chinese pirates.