Biographies

Muriel Professor Muriel Bamblett AM

Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta woman who has been employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency since 1999. From 1997-99 Muriel was the Chairperson of VACCA and from 1998-2008 was the Chairperson of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, the peak agency representing Indigenous Child and Family Services nationally. Muriel is active on many boards concerning children, families and the Indigenous community, including being a Member of the Victorian Children's Council; a Ministerial appointed representative on the Australian Families and Children Council; a Community Member on the Victorian Youth Parole Board; and a Board Member of the Aboriginal Community Elders Service.


Muriel has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2003 Robin Clark Memorial Award for Inspirational Leadership in the Field of Child and Family Welfare; and was awarded an AM (Membership in the General Division) in the 2004 Australia Day Honours for her services to the community. In 2008 Muriel was a participant at the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit and in 2009 LaTrobe University appointed Muriel as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

 

Rob_RosebyDr Rob Roseby

Dr Rob Roseby is a respiratory and general paediatrician who trained in Melbourne. Dr Roseby spent the six years to mid-2009 at Alice Springs Hospital where he was senior lecturer for Flinders University NT Clinical School and he was head of paediatrics for most of that time. He was a member of the NT Child Death review and Prevention Committee. He is currently the Deputy Director of Adolescent Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.


Dr Roseby was Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Northern Territory Committee from 2006 to 2008, and has been a member of committees overseeing education of paediatricians, policy development. He is also a member of the RACP paediatric division education committee and chairs a committee assessing overseas trained specialists. Dr Roseby has numerous peer review publications including two systematic reviews of scientific literature, has contributed to several reports and has given around 50 conference presentations. He has served on advisory committees and working groups at state and national level. Dr Roseby is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal health and wellbeing, particularly for children and adolescents. For this Inquiry he is taking leave from his position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

 

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Dr Howard Bath

Dr Howard Bath took up his appointment as Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner in June 2008. Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Bath has studied and worked in both Australia and the USA. He has worked as a youth worker, manager, Agency Director and clinician and was the inaugural Chair of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, the peak body for service providers representing all states and territories. Dr Bath has presented widely at conferences and training seminars and has authored numerous research reports and articles on topics including family preservation services, out-of-home care, behaviour management and child protection. From 1999 to 2008 he was Director of the Thomas Wright Institute in Canberra which provides a range of consultancy, training and clinical services for organisations working with young clients who have complex needs and challenging behaviours. His particular clinical interests have included work with young people who have experienced developmental trauma, problems around aggression and sexuality, and developmental disorders such as autism. He has had a long-standing interest in and involvement with children in the care and protection system. During the course of the Inquiry into the Child Protection system he will be taking leave from his position as Children’s Commissioner.