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The Council

The Council is comprised of members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, community representatives and Elders, and policymakers. Its role is to ensure that all First 1000 Days Australia initiatives are led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as co-designers, co-implementers and co-knowledge translators of research and outcomes at national and local levels. Members of the Council are listed below.

Aunty Diane Kerr is a respected Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe, and a Mother, Grandmother and Aunty to many across several generations. She has...

Professor Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena is the Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne. A descendant of...

Doseena Fergie is a registered maternal and child health nurse and midwife, with a Doctorate on postnatal depression experienced by Aboriginal women residing in...

Rose Gilby is a Wiradjuri woman and has been working as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash...

Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta man and was appointed in July 2013 as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People...

Sam Jeffries, a proud Mooraworri man, is currently Chairperson, National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney. Born and raised in Brewarrina...

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...

Phillip Mills is the Kulkulgul Tribal Leader of the Nailgul Clan in the Torres Straits, and an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. He...

Gerry Moore, a Yuin man from the south coast of NSW, is the current CEO of the Secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC): National...

Lisa Thorpe, a Gunditjmara/Gunnai woman from Victoria, is currently the CEO of Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre. She has...

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