Program Manager, Aboriginal Youth Research
Originally from Wyndham in the far north Kimberley WA, Mala has an intrinsic passion for research, community development and capacity building to support advancements in Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Mala has four sons and is part of a large extended family spanning throughout the East and West Kimberley areas. She has gained extensive expertise in building relationships and working collaboratively with key stakeholders at various levels. Her professional career spans more than a decade based in Broome and has experienced valuable diversity in positions held relating to youth, native title, social services, community development, local government as a Councillor and in State politics. Mala was a lead contributor to the 2015 Bill amending the Western Australian constitution to officially recognise Western Australia's Aboriginal people as the first people of this land, and was creator of the report titled ‘Kimberley Juvenile Justice, Improving the current juvenile justice system’, 2014. She is now working along side the remarkable Professor Juli Coffin to continue the development of the Yawardani Jan-ga Equine Assisted Learning research project which is currently delivered in both Broome and Derby.