Ken Zulumovski, Director of Gamarada
is a descendent of the Kabi Kabi nation. He is a graduate of
the Djurawang Health Sciences (Mental Health) program at
Charles Sturt University. He is a lecturer at the Muru Marri
Indigenous Health Unit of the University of New South Wales
School of Public Health and Community Medicine. In this role
he is investigating strengths in social and emotional
well-being programs for Indigenous youth (though a FaHCSIA
funded project which is a collaboration between UNSW and
James Cook University, Qld).
He is a co-founder and Chair of Gamarada Indigenous
Healing and Life Training Ltd based in Redfern, NSW. This
organization delivers free healing and life skills programs
to Indigenous men and youth; and works to improve access to
justice and reduce incarceration rates by creating links
between legal, health, and community services. In 2010
Gamarada was recognized by NSW Department of Premiere and
Cabinet with an Excellence Award for Building Leadership in
Indigenous communities. Ken also developed and manages
Gamarada’s Parental and Community Engagement Program, which
aims to engage male parents and careers in the schooling of
their children aged 0-19.
was born in South Australia into a big Anglo Irish clan.
When his mother died in 2006, John went looking for his
grandfather, a man his mother and her 4 siblings had never
met. John eventually found out that he has Irish, and
possibly Palawa heritage and believes this may in part
explain his interest in Aboriginal issues since the 1970’s.
With a background in filmmaking, writing and publishing,
John has joined Gamarada to help in the Biyanga Naminma
(fathers to show) project to help assist Aboriginal fathers
engage with their children.
little about myself, if I may. In my last prison sentence 10
years ago for Malicious Wounding, I spent 11 months in
solitary due to my violent behaviour.
My journey began to accelerate 3 years ago. First, I
completed the Probation and Parole Walking Together program.
I then regularly attended the Kirradan Mens’ group at the
AMS and formed my own Act, Radical Sun. I joined the Babana
Men’s group and recently graduated from a Gamarada Healing
Trainer program and am currently enrolled in a Certificate
IV in training.
Gratitude and appreciation is the way I best express how I
feel for the support I have been given. I would like to
share how I have learnt to control my destructive rage and
anger, turning negative to positive, using techniques such
as Dadirri (Aboriginal Bunjuling language for going inside),
breathing and anger release techniques to control my energy
and to create a whole new life for myself.
To see a video of
David presenting Gamarada info at the Babana / Walking
Together Joint venture daick on the link below …
What others have to say about David:
”David did the Trainer Gamarada program with me and other
brothers. His dedication, his humility and his sheer size
can have a profound effect on people. When he talks, people
– Shane Phillips,
Tribal Warrior Association.
“The session that Dave conducted for
Kirradan men’s group was incredible. He has an uncanny
ability to connect with people, using his own personal
experience and humility, to gain the men’s attention and
respect. His passion for serving people, his humility and
the profound nature of what he says and how he says it is
inspiring. Additionally, he is a talented entertainer with
his own solo Act, Radical Son, and has been nominated for 2
deadly Aboriginal Awards”
– Ken Zulumovski,
Worker in the field of Aboriginal mental health and social
and emotional well being for 10 years.
“I have seen David develop over time, into a man who has the
capacity and ability to make a huge positive impact on
people, especially those with drug, alcohol and anger
issues, because this is what he has overcome’
– Albert Torrens, Aboriginal Client Liaison Officer, Walking
‘I’m really really impressed with David’s presentation and
the energy he gives to his presentation. What he’s doing has
the capacity to make a big difference in the lives of many
men in need of help”
– Neil Power,
“David’s presentation imbued the group sitting in the circle
with strong power”