Terori Hareko-Samios

Emerging Leader 2015 - 2016

Terori Hareko-Samios believes her family, culture and community are three very important aspects of her decision to work within a community development, social justice and health frameworks. She comes from a strong Torres Strait, Papuan heritage and has always lived in Melbourne but she was exposed to community work in her early years in many locations such as Arnhem Land and Elco Island in the NT, Tanna Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and other south pacific regions where her parents worked as community development workers under AusAid.

Terori’s  personal and professional development are very much shaped by all the collective teachings from her early years, most of these lessons are only just making sense to her now as her understanding and knowledge of the global village is more established.

She began her career in community development as a trainee at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) in Fitzroy, during this time she was provided with opportunities for further training which lead her to complete Train the Trainer and Diploma of Community Education at RMIT. BSL nominated her for the Victorian Training award in 2005, where she won the Trainee of the Year going to the nationals to represent Victoria, where she was a finalist.

At the end of 2005 Terori was requested to apply for the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Support Worker at the Royal Women’s Hospital and was subsequently appointed in the ATSIHLO role at the women’s for nine and half years before her current appointment as Team Leader of the A&TSI Health Program at cohealth.

Terori’s experience and involvement includes:

  • Currently completely her last year of Master of Social work at RMIT.
  • Casually employed at RMIT as an ad hoc Cultural Lecturer for School of Global, Urban and Social Science.
  • Annually provide lectures to first year under graduate social work students on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and engaging with community.
  • Vice President of the Weenthunga Health Network and have been a active member since 2011.
  • Co-Chair on the Oncology Social Work Australia (OSWA) Special Interest Group (SIG) – active member since 2013.
  • Member of a number of committees including Western Health A&TSI Advisory Committee, RWH Advisory Committee, Royal Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee, Inner Northwest PCP Koolin Balit Committee, YASN (Yarra Aboriginal Support Network) to name a few.