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Astrid currently works for the Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium to implement a strategic plan to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people in South Australia.

Previously, Astrid worked with the Department of Health and Ageing, coordinating twenty-nine “Closing The Gap” Aboriginal health programs across the state, and in the Department for Education and Child Development working with rural and remote communities to improve the developmental outcomes for children.

During her career with SA Government, Astrid has been a strong advocate for systems and service improvements for Aboriginal community and the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the decision-making process, and she has committed herself to reconciliation is both her personal and professional life.

In 2013, Astrid initiated the ‘Cycling for Culture’ reconciliation project; a three day cycling event through Kaurna Country which offered riders the chance to learn about the Aboriginal history and culture of the greater Adelaide region. Astrid worked closely with members of the Kaurna community to ensure that the event would be designed and delivered with cultural integrity.

“As a white person, it is not until you have some very honest conversations that you understand where your own thoughts and assumptions are influenced by your privilege and your racial lens. I am grateful to all the good people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who had the heart and the patience to explain that to me and help me broaden my perspective.”