Professor Jill Milroy

Professor Jill Milroy is Palyku from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Jill is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education at the University of Western Australia and is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

She has more than 30 years experience in Indigenous higher education developing programs and support services for Indigenous students as well as a range of Indigenous curriculum and research initiatives. Jill has served on a number of national policy advisory bodies and in 2011 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to Indigenous education. Her key research interest is in Aboriginal knowledge, history, place and story systems.

Professor Tom Calma AO

Professor Tom Calma AO is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively.

He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 40 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health, suicide prevention, education, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development.

These include the Reconciliation Australia; Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation; Poche Centres for Indigenous Health Network; The Charles Perkins Trust; Ninti-One Ltd; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group; NSW Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Campaign; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health and the Healing Our Spirits Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering and a number of public and education sector committees. He is an Ambassador for Suicide Prevention Australia. Read More

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Pat is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia.

Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a former Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (completed 5 year term July 2017), deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health, co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and member of NHMRC Mental Health Research Advisory Committee.

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Glenn Pearson

Glenn Pearson is Head of Aboriginal Research at the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia joining the Institute in 2005.

As an accomplished educator, advocate and policy advisor, his state-wide directive is to ensure the Institute’s work reflects the needs of Aboriginal families, and is conducted in accordance with ethical and cultural protocols and brings to this role 15 years of working in senior positions within the State and Australian Governments with experience in health, education and child protection.

He has been the Institute’s lead in the WA Aboriginal Health Knowledge Network (WAAHKN), a joint initiative of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA), the Rural Clinical School of WA (RCSWA) and the Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) to establish four research hubs across WA with the first to be established in Broome. Glenn is completing a doctorate at UWA, with his research project exploring the delivery of child protection, health and educational services to Aboriginal families in Perth and Geraldton. Read More

Professor Neil Drew

Professor Neil Drew is Director of the Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet; an internet resource that informs practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. Neil has postgraduate qualifications in social psychology and over 30 years’ experience working with a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and groups.

He was psychologist for the Department of Family Services in Queensland working with young offenders and the victims of child sexual abuse. Prior to joining the HealthInfoNet Neil held positions at the University of Notre Dame Australia including Foundation Head of Behavioural Science, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Deputy Head of the University Broome Campus of Reconciliation.Read More

Professor Gary Robinson

Professor Gary Robinson leads the Indigenous Parenting and Family Research and the Suicide Prevention Research themes in the Centre for Child Development and Education.

He has led the evaluation of health, mental health and educational initiatives in the Northern territory, including the Tiwi Coordinated Care Trial (1997-2004) and the National Accelerated Literacy Program (2004-2009).

He has conducted long term ethnographic field research into Aboriginal adolescence, family relationships, parenting, suicide and self harm.Read More

Sally Bishop

Sally Bishop is currently an Assistant Director with the Department of Health, working in the area of mental health. She has worked in the allied health area for over 20 years, previously in the regional and metropolitan rehabilitation services settings. Sally has also been a member of Rotary for a number of years, and has a strong interest in supporting the work undertaken in the community sector.

Sally joined Pegasus 12 months ago, as she was keen to support an organisation that provides such valuable services and programs to help individuals grow and reach their potential.

Pat Turner AM

Pat Turner AM , the daughter of an Arrente man and a Gurdanji woman, was born in 1952 and raised in Alice Springs. Her long association with Canberra began with a temporary position with the Public Service Board, leading to the Social Policy Branch of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) in 1979.

Joining the Australian Public Service (APS) in Alice Springs as a switchboard operator in the Native Affairs Department , she moved to Canberra in 1978, joining the senior executive ranks of the public service in 1985, when she became Director of the DAA in Alice Springs, N.T. (1985-86).Read More

Rob McPhee

Rob McPhee is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Services based in Broome. He has cultural connections to Derby and the Pilbara. He has held a number of roles including teaching positions at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. He has worked in the private industry as a senior adviser to the oil and gas industry. He is passionate about social justice for Indigenous people and currently co-chairs the Commonwealth funded Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trail Site Working Group.

Adj. Associate Professor Learne Durrington

Chief Executive Officer, WA Primary Health Alliance Limited.

Adj. Associate Professor Learne Durrington, has a long held professional and personal interest in, and commitment to improving, mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable communities. As the CEO of the WA Primary Health Alliance she influences the design and implementation of the range of suicide prevention activities undertaken by the PHNs in WA. Learne has held senior roles in mental health with responsibility for statewide public mental health services along with a range policy and funding roles. Learne is an Adjunct Associate Professor in health services, a social work and post graduate management qualifications.

Nieves Murray

​“Challenging stereotypes about vulnerable people drives me.”

Nieves Murray commenced as CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia in May 2018. Throughout her 30+ year career in the social sciences, Nieves has lived and breathed her passion for enabling vulnerable people to have more choice and control over how they live their lives.

Nieves spent over a decade at the helm of IRT Group, one of Australia’s largest community-owned seniors’ lifestyle and care providers, driving record growth, customer satisfaction and social impact. She has held non-Executive leadership roles in financial services, tertiary education, property development, retail, research, health, aged care and retirement living since 2001. Her contributions have been recognised at a regional, national and international level. In 2013 Nieves was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review.Read More