Dan Tyson

Senior Consultant

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Dr Dan Tyson has extensive experience working in Aboriginal communities.

He is descended from the Iningai Yirandali people of the Longreach-Winton region of Queensland. His qualifications include a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the Australian National University, Canberra.

Dan has held numerous senior appointments, including:

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Advisory Group, Adelaide
  • Director of Community, Environment and Strategy for Marathon Resources Ltd
  • Deputy Director of the South Australia Centre for Trauma and Injury Recovery
  • Associate Director, KPMG, Health and Life Sciences Consulting
  • Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow (Research and Evaluation) at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  • Co-founder and Director of Yaran Business Services, a Supply Nation Certified Indigenous Supplier.

Dan has worked with AHA on a range of major consulting projects, most recently:

  • Evaluation of the Connected Beginnings program. Connected Beginnings aims to decrease the disparities in school readiness and educational outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children
  • Evaluation of the Aboriginal Health Workforce Development program.

Other examples of the wide range of consulting projects Dan has conducted across regional, rural and remote Australia include:

  • Development of a Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of SA (Inc) – Adelaide-based, state-wide service
  • Development of a whole-of-government ‘Cultural Inclusion Framework’ (SA Office for the Commissioner of Public Employment) – Adelaide-based, state-wide public sector implementation
  • Marathon Resources Ltd – Adnyamathanha country at Arkaroola in the Northern Flinders Ranges of SA
  • Northwest Shelf Venture Consortium (NWSVC) – Roebourne, in Pilbara region of WA
  • Second Evaluation of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) – Second stage AACAP program focused mainly on Dampier Peninsula (Kimberley Region of WA), and Tiwi Islands
  • Primary Health Care Access Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Riverland of SA – Riverland region of SA, centred on Berri
  • Review of Aboriginal Community Stores – Cape York Peninsula.  Locations include Coen, Lockhart River, Wudjil Wudjil (Bloomfield River), Aurukun, Palm Island, Kowanyama, Bamaga, Weipa, Pormpuraaw, Doomadgee, Mapoon
  • Review and evaluation of Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) – Project encompassed Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across Kimberley, located in Broome, Beagle Bay, Halls Creek, Warmun (Turkey Creek), Bidyadanga (La Grange), Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra (Ord Valley)
  • Review of Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC) – SAC is located at Albany, and the project covered a large region of southern WA
  • Examination of four Indigenous corporations for the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) – Project located at Aboriginal Community Ltyentye Apurte (now Santa Teresa), 80 km east of Alice Springs
  • Training and orientation sessions for agencies providing Commonwealth EACH Packages (Equivalent Aged Care at Home Packages) – Project located at various sites across Australia, including Adelaide, Hobart, Burnie, Devonport, Launceston, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Hunter Valley
  • Evaluation design of the Equity, Access and Responsiveness (ERA) project – located at several trial sites in the Mid North of SA, including Gawler (Southern Barossa Valley), Moonta (Yorke Peninsula), Angaston (Barossa Valley), Clare (Mid North), Port Pirie (Upper Spencer Gulf)
  • Various remote locations in Papua New Guinea – sites include Gwelikum/Maprik area of inland East Sepik Province; Fly River area, Papua (Ok Tedi region), Goroka (Eastern Highlands), Mount Hagen (Western Highlands)
  • Primary Schools Mental Health Project – Sites include Roxby Downs (560 km north of Adelaide), Burunga Aboriginal Community (80 km east of Katherine), Adelaide, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Perth
  • Review of funding arrangements for the provision of municipal services in two Aboriginal communities in Victoria – Sites at Framlingham (Western Victoria) and Lake Tyers (East Gippsland).