Testimonials - What others are saying about my consultancy services.



 Having worked with Ms Dianne Borella for several years, in education, health and community development activities, I want to thoroughly commend her passion, understanding and enthusiasm for increasing cross-cultural awareness, and mutual respect among all cultures. Dianne’s long experience in remote, regional and urban settings gives her a rich background from which to advise on improving cultural understanding, and on effective education and health programming.

 People skills are a special gift for Dianne, and she brings friendly, respectful relations into settings where suspicion and reluctance might otherwise dominate. Her long term work with young Indigenous sports people provides good background for knowing how to engage those who need nurturing into new experiences. And she is a confident public speaker and workshop facilitator at all levels, from the boardroom to the remote community store.


 Dr Robbie Lloyd

Independent R&D Consultant in Community Wellbeing,

Education, Mental Health and Disability Support Reform

Honorary Research Associate with the Centre for Disability Studies,

Sydney University



Dianne‘s involvement in the Health and Community sector is typified by her well-developed ability to connect with people from community and facilitate their involvement with the Health system. 

Dianne is a well-known and respected figure in the AFL community where she is Aunty to numerous young people and has helped them to develop their lives in a holistic manner. 

Dianne understands the issues in the health and disability sectors and how they impact in mainstream and life in remote community. 

Dianne’s work with Rotary is further evidence of her genuine desire to engage and work towards building the capacity of the mainstream and remote community.


Greg McMahon

Chief Executive Officer

Carpentaria Disability Services Inc.

Cross Cultural Awareness and Animal Management:


For all who participate in their role at the City of Darwin, Senior Management, Rangers and any other staff who liaise with the community in matters pertaining to animal management, will take great benefit from this Cultural Awareness Training workshop.


Cultural Awareness about the importance of animals to the Indigenous people is essential. It helps to address any issues that may arise by allowing Council staff to communicate and work effectively without judgement and/or prejudice.  It assists in building and maintaining relationships which then brings the Darwin community together as a whole.


After attending Dianne Borella Cross Cultural Awareness training it provided me with in-depth knowledge and cultural awareness when working with animals and the Indigenous communities. 




Ms Ludmila Lelekov

Animal Education Officer

City of Darwin

Dianne provided real and practical knowledge relevant to improving my own awareness, skilling for daily interactions and practical approaches to getting the job done in the right way.

Dianne provided specific knowledge from her wide first-hand experience which spans across several levels of government and non-government agencies.

Dianne is professional, warm and approachable with relevant qualifications.  She keeps up to date and is active in the community so that if she doesn’t know something, she directs you to current practical and engaging resources that have real world uses.





City of Darwin

Di has a fantastic knowledge of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the barriers that may be faced when interacting with them.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and Di was a brilliant presenter.


Jamie Chan

Body Fit


DDHS Testimonial


I would like to say a very big thanks to Dianne for the information I gained at the Closing the Gap, Cultural Security and Cultural Safety session, I must say I thought it would be a long the same lines as a couple I have been to in the past but, this was brilliant, entertaining, very informative and most importantly relevant, plenty of information gained and a lot to take away and refer to as well. Thanks again Dianne for broadening ing my mind to cultural awareness.


Wesley Carolin

Practice Incentive Program Officer (PIP)

Danila Dilba Health Service – Darwin

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About me


Dianne Borella was born and resides in Darwin on Larrakia country. She is an Aboriginal (Yawuru) & Torres Strait Islander woman with links to Broome and the Torres Straits... 

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