Helen Milroy

Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth.

She studied Medicine at the University of Western Australia, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In February 2013, Helen was appointed as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and currently holds that position until the Royal Commission is completed in December 2017. Prior to that appointment she worked as Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia; and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, Department of Health, situated at Graylands Hospital, Perth. She was the Australian Lead Investigator on the Tri-Nations NHMRC International Collaborative Grant “Educating for Equity” exploring how Health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease.
Helen has been on numerous State, National and College policy committees, Reference and Advisory groups. She was conjoint award recipient of the World Council for Psychotherapy’s Sigmund Freud Award 2011 for contributions to the field of psychotherapy. She was also 2011 Yachad Scholar. She served as a ‘headspace’ Board Director; a member of the Western Australian Indigenous Implementation Board; and past President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA).
Helen’s work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce