Poche Fellow profile: Josh Cubillo

Meet Josh Cubillo. Josh is a Program Manager in the Faculty’s Indigenous Development team and recently began his PhD studies through the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He also supports the Indigenous Epidemiology and Health research group within our Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Josh’s professional role at the University involves providing transition support to Indigenous students considering postgraduate study within our Faculty, as well as ongoing support to those already studying postgraduate degrees. He also works to ensure Indigenous knowledges are embedded within our courses.

"Indigenous leaders in our Faculty are ensuring more Indigenous knowledges are taught in our courses, students feel supported in their academic endeavours and that our workforce is doing all it can to employ more Indigenous people," he said.

"It is also important that non-Indigenous people learn Indigenous knowledges to complement their understandings of the world and to help them in becoming culturally competent when dealing with people from diverse backgrounds.

"If our Indigenous students have a positive experience at university we hope they are then energetic about joining the working environment."

Josh’s work intersects well with his PhD studies, which will focus on understanding how the concept of Learning on Country can be applied to urban secondary settings through the national curriculum framework.

"With the Indigenous health sector being the biggest employer of Indigenous people in Australia, it is crucial that our students are seeing themselves in the curriculum, so they feel confident to succeed in places that have traditionally silenced Indigenous voices," he said.

Josh is also a Fellow of the Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program – an annual program run by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health to support the development of emerging Indigenous leaders in academic, policy, clinical and research roles in higher education, government, health delivery and the community sector.

Josh speaking at an Alumni Reunion Weekend event

Josh speaking at an Alumni Reunion Weekend event last year

The program is important because it gives like-minded people on similar career trajectories the opportunity to develop and reflect on their own leadership qualities.

He thinks Indigenous health leadership is particularly important for our Faculty.

"Our Faculty has the biggest cohort of Indigenous students compared to other faculties at our University," he said.

"Having worked under some inspiring Indigenous leaders at the University, I have witnessed how important it is for our Indigenous leaders to have a seat at the executive table to voice our concerns."

Josh is also excited about being an alum of the Poche Leadership Fellows Program, and networking with those participating this year.

"This will give them access to a diverse range of leaders that have gone through the program," he said.

To learn more about and engage Fellows of the Poche Leadership Fellows Program, you can visit the recently-established Poche Leadership Portal.