Donisha is descended from Moa and Badu Islands in the Torres Strait and the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people in Cape York. As a Roberta Sykes Bursary recipient she completed a Summer School Program: Systems Thinking, Cross-Border Innovation at Harvard Business School, in 2011, as part of her MBA.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Griffith University.
Donisha was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2014, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Bob and June Prickett Fellowship in 2015. Donisha has served as a former Advisor (Indigenous Health) to Warren Snowden MP, Minister for Indigenous Health and was a visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI).
Donisha is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University and also the Chief Operations Officer at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.
Celebrating NAIDOC week 2014
Overall, I have found the opportunity to attend Harvard University and study the Summer School program to be so invaluable. I feel that I have achieved each of the goals that I set. I have been intellectually challenged by the discourse and the different perspectives of other students. I have met a number of very smart, accomplished international colleagues. I have established network contacts with professionals who are genuinely committed to global change and willing to provide assistance. I have made a number of personal friendships that will be long-lasting.