Prominent research and education leadership appointment for Commission Chair

Professor Ngiare Brown has been named the next Chancellor of James Cook University.

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Commenting on the prestigious appointment, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, Christine Morgan shared her congratulations.  

“I’d like to congratulate Professor Ngiare Brown on her well-deserved appointment as the new Chancellor of James Cook University.

“Professor Brown provides invaluable direction, guidance, connections and insights to the National Mental Health Commission as its Chair.  I believe that her deep knowledge, compassion and experience across health, education and political fields, and Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous affairs will be warmly welcomed and highly valued at JCU. Congratulations on this prestigious appointment."

Read more in the JCU announcement.

Professor Ngiare Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights.

She was the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW, and is one of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia. Over the past three decades she has developed extensive national and international networks in indigenous health and social justice, including engagement with the UN system.

Ngiare is a clinician, researcher, and a chief investigator on multiple national and international grants. She works largely in the translation and implementation space, exploring how to utilise ‘best evidence’ to inform policy, resourcing and service delivery.

Ngiare is now the Founding Director of Ngaoara, a not-for-profit dedicated to Aboriginal child and adolescent wellbeing which supports communities to develop strength based approaches to breaking intergenerational cycles of trauma and disparity.

Ngiare is a founding member and was Foundation CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association. She is a founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors' Congress. Ngiare is also a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council.

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