Professor Helen Milroy
Professor Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia and was born and educated in Perth. Professor Milroy holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery, is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and completed the Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Professor Milroy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia. She has been on state and national mental health advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on the wellbeing of children.
Her work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, cultural models of care, Aboriginal health and mental health, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce. From 2013-2017 she was a Commissioner for the Australian Government's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Professor Milroy is also known as Australia’s first Indigenous GP and comes from a family of traditional healers who have held the Indigenous community in “good stead for thousands of years”. Her collection of firsts also includes being appointed as the first AFL first Indigenous Commissioner.
In recognition of her tireless efforts advocating for mental health needs of children and First Peoples, Professor Milroy was awarded the 2020 Australian Mental Health Prize and was named 2021 WA Australian of the Year, going on to be a finalist for 2021 Australian of the Year.