Ms Deborah Mellett
Deborah Mellett, Aboriginal Community Health Coordinator at Mornington Pennsula Shire, is a Gurindji woman who also has family ties to the Jawoyn people in the Northern Territory. She has worked in Aboriginal Employment and Training for more than 25 years. During this time she managed an Employment Service Office and provided specialist advice on employment strategies and training for Aboriginal people; clients included key Aboriginal, public sector and mainstream organisations throughout the NT and Victoria. Deb was also a partner in an Aboriginal employment and development consultancy business for several years.
Deb has been instrumental in establishing Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, helped form critical partnerships and implemented robust governance measures to ensure organisational sustainability.
In her current role as an Aboriginal Community Health Coordinator, Deb is responsible for implementing the Victorian State Government’s Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Plan (Koolin Balit) on the Mornington Peninsula. She is passionate about improving the outcomes of Aboriginal families and has a particular focus on Aboriginal children’s early years. She is also an Aboriginal Ambassador for BreastScreen Australia and a volunteer Community Liaison Officer for Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Deb is an active member on numerous committees and networks, including: the Aboriginal Health Alliance, Koolin Balit Southern Metro Region Aboriginal Health Committee, Best Start Committee, Peninsula Health Aboriginal Community Action Group, Frankston Child and Family Committee, and the Local Aboriginal Network.