Our Team

St Vincent’s recognises Indigenous Australians as the traditional custodians of our lands, and we seek to create a safe and welcoming hospital environment for Aboriginal patients and their families.


Toni Mason

Toni Mason was appointed Manager, Aboriginal Health and commenced in February 2016. 

Toni brings a wealth of experience and many personal and professional attributes to the role. She was recently employed as the Co-ordinator of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Aboriginal Metropolitan Ice Pilot Partnership Project and has previously held positions with the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local and Quit Victoria co-ordinating Aboriginal Health projects. She is also currently a member of the Northern Health Aboriginal Advisory Council, the Whittlesea Council Reconciliation Group and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Michelle Winters

Michelle Winters is the Senior Aboriginal Liaison Cultural Lead and Advisor. Michelle is responsible for partnerships and liaison with Aboriginal community organisations and for staff, orientation and cultural engagement Senior Consultant Aboriginal Patient Care Michelle provides cultural mentoring to other AHLOs and staff.


Telephone: 03) 9231 3105 (direct)
Pager: Switchboard: 03) 9231 2211 & ask for pager 343

Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer

Sonya Parsons

Sonya Parsons is the AHLO for the Emergency Department and the Mental Health Unit’s Aboriginal inpatient beds. Sonya also covers Cardiac Services and all 4th floor patients and Cardiac patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


Sonya Parsons nee (Briggs)
Mobile: 0458 018 003 or Switchboard 03) 9231 2211 and ask for pager 980

Fay Halatanu

Fay Halatanu – Fay is the AHLO covering SVHM Inpatient units and Outpatients, with the exception of Cardiac patients and all fourth floor patients. Fay covers the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (with the exception of cardiac patients), Oncology and Palliative Care and the Dialysis Unit.


Fay Halatanu
Mobile: 0429 016 187 or Switchboard 03) 9231 2211 and ask for pager 1483

Aboriginal Health Care Coordinator


Kendra is the Aboriginal Health Care Coordinator working across the Health Independence Program (HIP)and Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) teams at St Vincent’s Hospital and North Richmond Community Health Centre.

Kendra works with Aboriginal patients presenting with complex health and psychosocial issues and assists in helping patients managing their health needs within the community. 

The role aims to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable Aboriginal clients through; increasing linkages to GPs and other health services and improving attendance rates for outpatients appointments, advocacy and establish trust within mainstream health services.
In partnership with St. Vincent’s – HARP, the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers (AHLO) and Community Services. The Aboriginal health care coordinator will provide;

  • holistic care coordination focused on transparency and patient identified goals, 
  • a flexible framework to allow for individualized care and
  • a team approach with the ability to provide secondary consultations to fellow HIP clinicians 

Kendra is a Palawa descendant, born and raised in Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Monash University. Kendra was a recipient of the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme. Kendra went on to complete a Postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing at University of Melbourne, and received the InTrain Scholarship from DHHS.

Kendra is a member of Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives and CareerTrackers a national non-profit organisation that creates internship opportunities for Indigenous university students.

Aboriginal Employment Officer

Sye Hodgman

Sye Hodgman is the Aboriginal Employment Officer. Sye works part time and is responsible for the recruitment and support of Aboriginal employees at St Vincent’s. Sye also coordinates the Aboriginal Nursing and Allied Health Cadetship Program at St Vincent’s, which was a finalist in the People in Health Awards 2014 and the IPAA Awards in 2015. 

Sye is a Trawlwoolway man from Tasmania and qualified as a registered nurse. He is an active member of Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives and has spoken at Parliament House during their Close The Gap address in 2015 and the National Health Leadership Forum and has participated in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards consultations regarding cultural safety for Aboriginal patients across Australia. He has done further training in mentoring, preceptorship and nursing education. 


Sye Hodgman
Email: simon.hodgman@svha.org.au 
Telephone: 03) 9231 2820