Cultural Fusion Mob

Cultural Fusion is an Aboriginal owned business certified by Supply Nation. Our Directors and Founding Fusioneers are:


  • Dr Shane Houston, a Gangulu man from Central Queensland

  • Shane Perdue, of Cherokee descent and has called Australia home for 20 years


Together, and with our mob of unique and highly skilled Fusioneers, Cultural Fusion’s experience in Indigenous affairs and more broadly is unsurpassed.


Our experience includes national and international campaign initiatives, cultural competence programmes and training, board inductions, operations transformation, strategic planning, and policy and programme development in human services and economic development.


Our model and approach reflect a modern evidenced based approach to working across domestic and global communities.


meet the Fusioneers

Dr Shane Houston
Director and Founding Fusioneer

Shane is a proud Gangulu man from Queensland and has been actively engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement for more than forty years. He has worked in community, national and international settings, including various United Nations related activities and in the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. 


Shane has a long-standing interest in the development of culturally competent services and systems, and in health economics – especially in finding greater fairness in how systems allocate and use resources. . 

Shane holds a PhD from Curtin University and has held senior roles in the government, higher education and community sectors. His experience in national organisations and in national strategy and community development reflects a long-standing engagement in Torres Strait Islander needs and culture both for people living on the mainland and in the Torres Strait. Shane's experience includes:

  • 10 Years as Head of a national peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, with 120 independent community-controlled member organisations across the country;

  • 10 year’ experience as CEO and 15 years’ experience as a Chair of a multi-functional Aboriginal community-controlled organisation providing family support, arts and culture development, emergency support, health, welfare, legal and family development services to a community of over 40,000;

  • 20 years’ experience in working on innovation in environmental health policy, programmes, regulation and services for remote Aboriginal communities;

  • 20 years’ experience in the development and implementation of policy, structures and processes relating to intersectoral collaboration in the provision of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and

  • 30 years’ experience in negotiating with Government on Aboriginal policy and programme development, implementation and review.

Shane Perdue
Director and Founding Fusioneer

Shane Perdue is a Cherokee man from the land of the Quahadi Indians and great Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker. He has worked in a number of countries over his career and has delivered flagship and ground-breaking reform initiatives for the not for profit, government, higher education, community and corporate sectors. 


Shane’s strategic and innovative thinking, engagement approach and unique insights deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in challenging, emerging and established settings.

His initiatives are known to provide a demonstration of the ‘art of the possible’ in complex reform environments. Shane’s capabilities to engage, personally and professionally in culturally diverse organisational and community settings with tangible success is widely appreciated. 


Shane has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in various capacities throughout his 20-year career in Australia. His relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and personal intrinsic Indigeneity has afforded him with a unique point of view and appreciation of Indigenous affairs that guides all his endeavors’.


Shane has developed and facilitated strategic planning workshops across the corporate, government, not-for-profit, community and higher education sectors for over 20 years. He has held roles as an external Creative Strategist for IBM ANZ, and Director of Strategic Management – Indigenous Services and Strategy and Executive Director – Operations for the University of Sydney. 

Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Associate Fusioneer

Kalinda is a Yawuru woman of Broome, born and living in Darwin. Her family name is Corpus. She is an early career Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research, UNSW and holds honorary fellowships at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Sydney. She also works with Cultural Fusion and their clients to provide context specific evidence-based approaches in data and information.


Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector for over 20 years.

Her work empirically addresses complex health disparities in populations through the use of existing data. Her research looks at issues of Indigenous data quality, data utilisation and data governance. Her areas of focus include the measurement of health disparities with attention on cancer treatment and outcomes. Kalinda’s expertise in data brings in a unique skill set to support the work and goals of Cultural Fusion.


She is on a number of national and international research committees such as the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement, and also holds a number of different roles, including Deputy Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. In 2011 Kalinda was NT Young Australian of the Year. 



Qualifications: Cert. III Laboratory Techniques; BBMSc; MPH; PhD (Epidemiology)

Sara watts
Associate Fusioneer

Sara is a Sydney-based non-executive director and Audit & Risk committee chair who spends some of her time working with Cultural Fusion and their clients building organisational and board capability.


She has experience across for-profit and non-for-profit organisations in sectors such as information technology, logistics, higher education, arts and disability.

Sara believes that good governance and risk management allow organisations to deliver their strategic goals more effectively and she applies this philosophy to all her activities.


Sara currently sits on boards of both commercial and non-for-profit entities and her last four executive roles were as head of internal audit for IBM Asia, Chief Financial Officer for IBM Australia/New Zealand, Vice-Principal (Operations) at Sydney University and Interim CEO of City West Housing. She also sings with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and teaches ethics at a local primary school – activities that sometimes challenge her more than she expects!


Sara is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA Australia. In 2013, she was awarded a Women in ICT Achievement Award and continues to mentor emerging leaders.


Qualifications: BSc, MBA, FAICD, FCPA

Associate Fusioneer
Rod Jeffries

Rod Jeffries is a Turtle Clan member of the Mohawk Nation residing at home on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario, Canada.


For the past 35 years, he has worked in the fields of substance abuse, healing, wellness and treatment as manager, workshop trainer/facilitator, program developer and evaluator. Rod is an International speaker/trainer having presented in Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Europe.

In the past 10 years his efforts have focused on the development & delivery of programs and staff for working with survivors of trauma, cultural oppression, sexual abuse and residential/boarding schools.  In recent years, Rod has become well known for his work on trauma and lateral violence across Canada and in New Zealand.


He is the chairperson of the International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.  Rod’s involvement with HOSW began in 1991 prior to the First Gathering in Edmonton, Alberta in 1992.  He remains involved today in the preparation for the next Gathering in Vancouver in 2022.


In the past 25 years, Rod’s efforts have focused on addressing issues directly related to trauma, historic trauma, abandonment, shame & lateral violence through the utilisation of our strengths, resilience, compassion and the cultural systems that sustained us for thousands of years.  He has recently developed facilitator training programs on lateral violence and healing trauma to share his messages and techniques for Indigenous people to rebuild those systems in today's context.


The foundation of all the training is our history and culture as Indigenous peoples, that in the past, has provided us with the values and beliefs to sustain our well-being.