Sarah Brown

  • Sarah Brown

    Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (Purple House)

Tjukarurru Wangkantjaku – Working the Right Way

(Speaking with Kerri Mitchell)

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (“Purple House”) is an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating 16 remote clinics and a mobile dialysis unit from Alice Springs. 

With a strong employment brand, in the last 12 months Purple House’s workforce has doubled to 160 people, and there is no shortage of people wanting to work or volunteer there – a huge success story for an organisations based in remote areas!

This session will cover: How to effectively craft and tell the story of your organisation and people, and use it as a tool for growth and retention; How to identify strengths within your team and channel them to broaden impact and reach; and how to use your purpose to shape your people strategy and the benefits of keeping this vision at the heart of all decision making.

About Sarah

Sarah Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Purple House and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception more than sixteen years ago. In 2017, she was HESTA’s Australia’s Nurse of the Year. In 2018, she featured in BOSS magazine’s ‘True Leaders’ list.

Sarah holds a Masters of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. Prior to joining Purple House, she worked as a remote area nurse and university lecturer.

She paints – exhibiting across Australia and overseas – has 3 kids and drives a 1959 Morris Minor. She thinks ‘Work/Life balance’ is irrelevant if you love what you do!

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