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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.

Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe

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

Chair of Indigenous Health, The University of Melbourne

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

Lecturer, Indigenous Health and Culture, Australian Catholic University

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

Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

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

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (Victoria)

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

Chairperson, National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney

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

Aboriginal Community Health Coordinator, Mornington Peninsula Shire

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...

Adjunct Professor, James Cook University

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

CEO, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

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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