About Us

About Us

OUR VISION:
to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians.

OUR MISSION:
To provide health and nutrition education and to strive for excellence in health care for Indigenous Australians.

OUR APPROACH:
We partner with federal, state and territory governments, statutory & peak health bodies, corporate, NGOs and non-profit organisations.

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Chief Executive Officer Graham “Buzz”  Bidstrup has been actively involved in the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years as a musician, songwriter, music producer and artist manager.
From 1976 to ’81, he played drums with The Angels aka Angel City (USA, UK Europe) and co-wrote/co-produced songs which saw chart success in Australia and overseas including the most successful Angels Australian hit single “No Secrets”.

Some Organisations we have Worked with include:

•    The Australian Government
•    Northern Territory Government

  • Venture Housing Company Darwin
    •    Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association
    •    Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council
    •    Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation
    •    Outback Stores
    •    Retail Stores Group QLD
    •    Remote Health Services Delivery
    •    The George Institute for International Health
    •    Kidney Health Australia
    •    Renal Resource Centre
    •    The Fred Hollows Foundation
    •    Transplant Australia
    •    Diabetes Australia Queensland
    •    The Mutitjulu Foundation
    •    The Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Council
    •    East Arnhem Council
    •    Thamarrurr Development Corporation
    •    Pintubi Homelands Health Service
    •    Ian Thorpe Fountain for Youth
    •    Menzies School of Health Research
    •    Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of Northern Territory
    •    National Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisation
    •    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
    •    Nganampa Health Council

    •    EON Foundation
    •    Remote Indigenous Garden Project
    •    Unity of First Peoples of Australia

•    YWCA Darwin

In 1984 Buzz co-founded another legendary band, GANGgajang. He was music director for the Quiksilver cult surf film Mad Wax and subsequently GANGgajang was voted “No 1 band in the world” by the World Professional Surfers’ Association 1988/89. He has also produced, recorded or played on soundtracks for major Australian feature films (including Heatwave, and Starstruck), as well as documentaries and television series like the 1984 ABC series Sweet and Sour where he was associate music director.

Buzz has produced over 45 albums for a wide variety of artists and his work as a session musician has been heard on many hit records, including Australian Crawl’s “Reckless”, Jimmy Barnes’ “No Second Prize” and Richard Clapton’s “Solidarity”.

Buzz began his management career in 1984 with GANGgajang but has also managed other artists including Nathan Cavaleri and Diana Anaid. He produced both their debut albums.

Buzz met Jimmy Little when he was asked to help promote the Messenger album and managed his music and business affairs from 1999 until his passing in 2012. He is also a board member of the Australian Association of Artist Managers

 

Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! Ltd is a not-for-profit charitable organisation with DGR (tax exempt) status. UJTU Ltd is governed by a Board of Directors. Funding is sourced from a combination of corporate and private donations and has received support from the Australian and Northern Territory Governments and other NFP organisations.

Board of Directors :

Adam James Robinson:

Screen shot 2017-06-26 at 11.05.33 PMAdam James Robinson is a Quandamooka man from Stradbroke Island QLD who for the past 4 years has been the Business Coordinator of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit at the University of Technology Queensland. Adam is also a successful award winning musician and songwriter who has also been a music facilitator in many communities for the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! program. With his skills and interest in music and marketing Adam brings more than his youthful energy to the organization.

John Altman:

jon_altman_smlJon Altman is an emeritus professor of the Australian National University with the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU. He has an academic background in economics and anthropology and has worked on issues of Indigenous development for nearly 40 years. Between 1990 and 2010 he was foundation director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at ANU.

Larissa Behrendt:

larissa_behrendtProf. Larissa Behrendt is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Eualeyai/Gamillaroi woman. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Indigenous Australia for Dummies.  Larissa wrote and directed the Walkley nominated feature film, Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award.  She is a board member of Sydney Festival, a member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel and a board member of NSW Museums and Galleries. She is the Ambassador of the Guwara Aboriginal Campus at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and a board member of the Sydney Story Factory, a literacy program in Redfern. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.

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