Our Team

Mookai Rosie is only as good as the deadly people who work here!

With a team made up overwhelmingly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women we understand the needs of our clients and can provide a safe, friendly place for you to stay.

Our professional staff include highly qualified medical experts who can make sure that you have the care and information you need to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Our great cooks, catering staff, receptionists and administrative workers will make your stay friendly, comfortable and as stress-free as possible.

Our friendly drivers will take you to your medical and other appointments and pick you up afterwards. They will even take you on weekend trips for fishing, shopping and to Cairns events like the Cairns show or the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Theresa Simpson, CEO

Theresa grew up in Cairns, with proud family connections to Cherbourg (Wakka Wakka) and Mount Isa (Kalkadoon).

Raised by her strong and compassionate grandmother Bonnie Simpson as an only child, Theresa was consistently around her mother’s younger siblings and was often mistaken for one of them. This experience as a child immersed her in the positive cultural family values of our previous generation and shaped Theresa into the family orientated person she is today, having two children and a large extended family.

Grandmother Bonnie was one of the original house mothers that had helped establish Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan alongside founder Rose Richards.

Theresa has worked at Mookai Rosie for nineteen years, continuing in her family’s footsteps, with a passion for improving Women’s Health.  Her extensive experience prior to coming to Mookai extends across both the Government and private sectors where she gained expertise in business management and administration, human resources finance and leadership.

Theresa is determined to sustain and build on the legacy left by the women who built Mookai Rosie before her. A legacy which encompasses both a professional evidence-based health care and accommodation service combined with strong and respectful cultural governance.

‘I really want to make a difference for our mob and provide opportunities where we can grow as a united mob all working together to improve our health.’

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