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Indigenous Implementation Board membership

Lt General John Sanderson AC

Chairman: Lt General John Sanderson AC
Lieutenant General John Sanderson, AC was Governor of his home state, Western Australia for five years. Before this role he spent 40 years at the operational and strategic levels of defence and security planning. He was Chief of the Australian Army from 1995-1998 and commanded the United Nations Peacekeeping Force during the period of UN transition authority in Cambodia from 1992 until its successful completion in 1993. His services have been recognised by the award of the Member of the Order of Australia (1985), the Officer of the Order (1991), the Companion of the Order (1994), The United States of America Legion of Merit (Commander Class) and the Grand Cross of the Royal Cambodian Order (2006). A civil engineer by background, he is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and holds honorary doctorates from a number of institutions.

 

Dr Mark Bin Bakar

Dr Mark Bin Bakar
Mark Bin Bakar, better known as Mary G, has dedicated much of his adult life to promoting Indigenous life and culture. Dr Bin Bakar established Abmusic, a successful music school to help Indigenous musicians. Dr Bin Bakar is chairman of the Kimberly Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation. He travels extensively to remote areas talking to people about alcohol and drug abuse, health care, emotional wellbeing, respect for Elders and domestic violence. Dr Bin Bakar has a nationally broadcast radio show where he also promotes Indigenous culture.

 

 

 

Mr Kim Bridge

Mr Kim Bridge
Kim Bridge is an Aboriginal trainer and consultant with an extensive background in collaborative community and economic development. He has a strong affiliation and connection with regional Australia. He was born and raised in the East Kimberley and has lived and worked extensively in regional areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. This has enabled him to encounter many personal and business experiences and gain sound knowledge of the varied issues encountered by people living in these locations.

 

 

Ms Dawn Wallam
Dawn Wallam has been CEO of the Yorganop Child Care Aboriginal Corporation for 11 years. She has shown initiative and innovation in decision-making and problem-solving within her position at Yorganop and under her direction Yorganop has become a leader in the field of Aboriginal children’s services. Dawn has been proactive in representing Indigenous children’s issues at all levels including local, State, national and international forums in her role as an executive member of the Secretariat National Aboriginal Islander Child Care. In 2005, she was one of the founding signatories of the Sub Group on Indigenous Children to the United Nations Working Group on the Rights of the Child. She is a Wadandi/Bibbulmun Elder of the Noongar Nation and is held in high respect within and outside the Indigenous community.

 

Dr Sue Gordon AM

Dr Sue Gordon AM
Dr Sue Gordon AM was appointed the Commissioner for Aboriginal Planning in 1986, becoming the first Aboriginal person to head a Government department in Western Australia (WA).  In 1988, she became the first full-time and first Aboriginal Magistrate in the Children's Court of WA.  In 1990, she was appointed as one of the first five Commissioners to run the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner (ATSIC).  In 1993, she was awarded an Order of Australia for commitment to Aboriginal people and community affairs.  In 2002, she chaired the Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities in WA, known as the Gordon Inquiry.  From 2004 to 2007 she chaired the National Indigenous Council and in 2006 made a Member of the Council of the Order of Australia. From June 2007 to June 2008 she chaired the Northern Territory Emergency Response Taskforce.

 

Dr Helen Milroy

Dr Helen Milroy
Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of WA and was born and educated in Perth. She studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and completed specialist training in child psychiatry. Dr Milroy is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Committee and the Social Health Reference Group that developed the National Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2004-2008. Helen works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Bentley Family Clinic and Families at Work residential programme. Dr Milroy is also an Associate Professor and director for the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) at UWA. The CAMDH won the Premiers Award 2005 for Aboriginal Health Initiatives within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science.

 

Mr Brendan Hammond

Mr Brendan Hammond
Mr Hammond is the CEO of the Australian Children’s Trust supporting the Australian Covenant which aims to see the employment of 50,000 Indigenous people in Australia in the next decade. This appointment follows Mr Hammond’s 22 years extensive experience with Rio Tinto, including engineering and metallurgy roles in Namibia and previous operational management at Argyle Diamonds.

 

 

 

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Professor Fiona Stanley AC
Named Australian of the Year in 2003, Professor Stanley is a vocal advocate for the needs of children and their families. Professor Stanley is the founding director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, established in Perth in 1990. She is also a Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Stanley is the Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. In 2004, Professor Stanley was honoured as a ‘National Living Treasure’ by the National Trust. She is the UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development. Professor Stanley has more than 200 published papers in scientific journals, and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Australian Statistics Advisory Council.

 

Ms Ricky Burges

Ms Ricky Burges
Ms Burges joined WALGA in 2000. Previously she was the Director General of the Department for Culture and the Arts, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Zoo and a director of Human Resources at the WA Tourism Commission. Ms Burges has a Masters in Leadership and Management from Curtin University of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development. Ms Burges sits on the UWA Urban & Regional Planning Board, the REACH Foundation, the Local Government Insurance Board and various local government committees and boards, as well as the Board of Leadership WA. Ms Burges is past President of the Australian Institute of Management and the board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and was the Western Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 1997.

 

 



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