Professor Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena is Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at The University of Melbourne. A descendent of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, she has a Doctorate in Human Ecology and a degree in Social Work. Professor Arabena is the Executive Director of the First 1000 Days Australia, a model which aims to provide a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families so they can address their children’s needs from preconception to two years of age, thereby laying the best foundation for their future health and wellbeing. With an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research, her work has made significant contributions in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, family violence, gender issues, access and equity, service provision, and harm minimisation.

 

Professor Kerry Arabena is Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at The University of Melbourne. A descendent of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, she has a Doctorate in Human Ecology and a degree in Social Work. She is the Executive Director and Lead Investigator on the First 1000 Days Australia, an interventions based pre birth multigenerational cohort study designed with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. This is now a national and international initiative through a joint collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Save the Children and engaging Indigenous peoples in Indonesia and Norway. With an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research, her work has made significant contributions in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, family violence, gender issues, access and equity, service provision, and harm minimisation. Her professional experience has seen her recognised as an Australian of the Year Finalist in 2010 and recipient of the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence at Australian National University in 2011. She was the inaugural Co Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First People's and the inaugural CEO of the Lowitja Institute. She is currently a member of the Aboriginal Economic Board in Victoria, OzChild, Indigenous Community Volunteers, Kinnaway Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board of Development. She is an author and business owner; a mother and a grandmother with interests in achieving equity for all Australians.

 

 

 

Early Years Conference - Today’s Children - Tomorrow’s Future

The conference is Financially Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services