Our people

Black Wattle Consulting works in cross-cultural and the Aboriginal health, child and family and workforce support services sectors.

Our people have:

  • proven experience developing and producing resources
  • culturally appropriate consulting and communication skills
  • produce beautiful graphic design work
  • knowledge of the Aboriginal health, child, youth and family welfare policy context and services nationwide
  • a nationwide network of skilled colleagues.

Principal consultants:

Rosie Elliott

Rosie Elliott Partner



Rosie’s work history includes twenty years developing service resources, communications and organisational tools. Rosie has qualifications in sociology and biomedical science and her resource development work includes:

Tatiana Doroshenko

Tatiana Doroshenko

Tatiana has fifteen years experience in the community, public and private sectors in roles focused on the production of digital media products and resources, online communications and website development
and management. She is an accomplished writer, director and producer of short and medium length video productions and passionate about visual storytelling and realizing ideas into digital forms.

Tatiana’s short films and multi-media projects have screened and won awards at festivals in Australia, Europe and the US.  In 2014 she completed a Masters (Narrative) at VCA, her graduating production, Earth screened at the TCL Cinemas Hollywood via HollyShorts 2015. In 2013 she directed a documentary that premiered at Lorne Film. Past achievements include CamGirl screening at the European Media Arts Festival (EMAF), Germany 2007, VAD Spain 2006, and The Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology in the USA.
Tatiana received AFC funding in 2007 to develop shot/exploitationcam.com for broadband delivery. Tatiana has worked in community and Indigenous sectors for over 10 years, collaborating on documentaries and digital stories and community projects.  Between 2006 – 2014 she worked with Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) as their online communications and digital media coordinator.

Brendan Lewis

Brendan Lewis

Brendan brings expertise in best practice community consultation to Black Wattle Consulting. He has qualifications in applied science. focused on ecology and toxicology. He has worked for the:

  • Office of the Supervising Scientist, Jabiru NT
  • Central and Northern Aboriginal land councils, assisting traditional land-owning groups in mining matters including the consent processes for exploration and mine development, ecological management of lands.
  • International consultancy HLA Enviroscience, in best practice in engagement with Aboriginal people.
  • Contracted to the Northern Land Council, consulting with traditional Aboriginal owners on the rehabilitation of the Rum Jungle mine-site, informing the Commonwealth on project cultural requirements.

Kathleen Abbott AM

Kathleen Abbott AM Cultural consultant, and story board and resource developer.

Cultural consultant, and story board and resource developer.

Kathleen Abbott AM - Black Wattle Consulting, is a trailblazer in Aboriginal health in Central Australia.Kathy is now retired no longer working with Black Wattle Consulting, however her spirit lives on with us.

Kathy is an Arrernte woman from Central Australia. Kathy was named co-patron of the NT  2011 Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker.  At the launch event celebrating the year, AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory) chair said: ‘Kathy Abbott was a trailblazer in Aboriginal health in Central Australia, being recruited by Trevor Cutter in the early 1970s. She was one of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ first Aboriginal Health Workers, and went on to become a leading manager and AHW educator through the NT Health Department. Kathy has been as one of the Northern Territory’s most senior Aboriginal Health Workers … an inspiration to new members of the Aboriginal Health Worker profession…’  Kathy is  the former President of the Central Australian and Barkly Aboriginal Health Workers Association, and was Foundation Chair of the  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA). She is co-author of the A History of AHWs and Community Workers in the NT, and Rhetoric and Reality and many other training and policy resources. Kathleen received Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 recognition of her tireless work in the field of Aboriginal health, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Dolly Tweed

Dolly Tweed Graphic designer

Graphic designer

Dolly has a well established career as a graphic designer, spanning many communication design environments, focusing strongly in the arts, corporate and not for profit sectors.  She has qualifications in communication design. Her recent clients are:

      • Parks Victoria (branding, visual identity and roll-out, way-finding signage, interpretation design, print collateral)
      • Royal Botanical Gardens (annual report and corporate plan)
      • Epworth (annual reports, identities, roll-outs)
      • St Vincent’s Health (suite of reports; annual, research, Quality of Care)
      • Slater & Gordon (promotional pack)
      • North East Health Wangaratta (interpretive wall design, logo and identity design, Quality of Care report)
      • Metlink
      • Australia Post (identity for an internal performance program)
      • Southeast Water
      • Orica (creating an identity for a student graduate program and annual reports).

Kristy Day Robertson

Kristy Day Robertson Illustrator/graphic designer

Illustrator/graphic designer

Kristy’s illustrations are clear and beautiful, with imagination, sensitivity and emotion meeting a great clarity of purpose. Her work includes graphic design and illustration for both community well being education, and natural history interpretation for:

      • Diabetes Australia
      • Healthy Living NT – corporate image and publications
      • Phoenix Consulting – ear health and educational publications
      • Parenting Research Centre
      • Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission
      • Dhimurru Land Management, NT
      • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, WA
      • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
      • Department of Environment and Conservation, WA
      • Kakadu National Park – Parks Australia, NT
      • Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority, Qld
      • Wet Tropics Management Authority, Qld
      • North Queensland Dry Tropics, Qld
      • Redlands City Council, Ipswich City Council and Murweh Shire Council Qld
      • Birds Australia
      • Landcare