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First published Wednesday 10 July 2019.

Professor Juli Coffin

Now Ellison Professor of Aboriginal Research at Telethon Kids, Juli leads the cutting-edge Equine-Assisted Learning Program and is highly regarded for her innovative research methods.

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes AO

Ted was the Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth for 16 years and is a former Associate Professor at Telethon Kids. He is also a former co-team leader of the Aboriginal Australian Research Program at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community in areas of public health and welfare, among other achievements.

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Cheryl is a leading researcher in the School of Education at Curtin University, focusing on Aboriginal education and wellbeing. She is founder of the Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and was named WA Local Hero 2019 as part of the Australian of the Year Awards.

Associate Professor Michael Wright

A Research Fellow in the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, Michael is currently lead investigator on the Looking Forward, Moving Forward Project; funded by the NHMRC until 2021. He was lead investigator on the Looking Forward Project (2011 – 2015) that developed the Minditj Kaart-Moorditj Kaart Framework. Co-designed by Nyoongar Elders and service providers, it is a culturally-safe system change intervention that has been implemented in mental health and drug and alcohol services in the Perth area.

Professor Ngiare Brown

One of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia, Ngiare is a founding member and was Foundation CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, and is a founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress. In 2015 she established not-for-profit organisation Ngaoara, focused on Aboriginal child and adolescent wellbeing. She is currently a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission.

Professor Dawn Bessarab

Formerly of Curtin University, Dawn is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at UWA. A social worker with extensive experience in Aboriginal child protection, community and family violence, she is chief investigator on several NHMRC grants and is highly regarded for her expertise.

Associate Professor Dan McAullay

A registered nurse and former Aboriginal health researcher at Telethon Kids focused on maternal, infant and child health, Dan is currently Director of the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families (ISAC), based at UWA.

Dr Janet Hammill AM

Janet, whose research focuses on FASD and other alcohol and substance abuse-related harm, now leads the Collaboration for Alcohol Related Developmental Disorders within the Perinatal Research Group at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. In 2008, Janet was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community through health services for Indigenous women and children, and research into the effects of FASD.

Dr Jocelyn Jones

Jocelyn is an Aboriginal epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, specialising in qualitative and data linkage methods. She completed her PhD in 2018.

Professor Helen Milroy

Helen, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, left the grant project partway through but went on to hold significant national roles including as a Commissioner with the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Currently a UWA Professor, she was recently appointed the Australian Football League’s first Indigenous Commissioner.