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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.

Photo of Executive Director Professor Kerry Arabena

Executive Director, First 1000 Days Australia

Kerry Arabena is the Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia. A descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, she has a Doctorate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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