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Director of Indigenous Health

BA (Education) PhD Candidate

Area of research expertise: Aboriginal health and emotional wellbeing; Aboriginal research methodologies; policy and advocacy

Glenn Pearson is a Nyoongar and the Director First Nations Strategy and Leadership at the Telethon Kids Institute which is located on Nyoongar Whadjuk boodjar. A member of the Executive Team his position leads the implementation of the Institute’s Commitment to Aboriginal Children and Families (2020-2023) Statement. The Commitment drives the integration of Indigenous health across all operations of Institute and specifically the Institute’s research program. A trained primary school teacher, he has 15 years of experience in senior positions within the Australian and State Governments in a range of areas including health, education and child protection including almost 10 years with the now, Department of Communities (formerly Child Protection).

Since joining the Institute in 2005 he has established a broad program of research including in the areas of youth suicide and mental health, child development and FASD. Glenn led the establishment of the Institute’s Telethon Kids Kimberley Office to enable the Institute to establish a permanent ongoing presence across the Kimberley working in collaboration with key stakeholder organisations such as KAMS and its member organisations. This approach provides a model for conducting Aboriginal research in other regions such as the Pilbara and Perth Metropolitan areas.

Currently, Glenn’s primary area of research is in Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) where he is the Indigenous Lead for the Institute’s END RHD Program as well as the Australian Strep A Vaccine Alliance (ASAVI). The Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative (ASAVI) is an Australian-led global initiative with the goal of reducing the disease burden caused by Group A Streptococcus (Strep A) infection through effective vaccination.