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Associate Professor Edward Wilkes

Associate Professor
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA, 6845
Tel: (08) 9266 1631
Fax: (08) 9266 1611


Associate Professor Edward (Ted) Wilkes in a Nyungar man from Western Australia (WA). He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Aboriginal Research Programs at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University where he plays an integral role in Aboriginal capacity building and research and its application. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Curtin University.

Prior to commencing in his current role, Ted’s professional career included working at the WA Museum; leading the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service in Perth for sixteen years as Director; and working as Associate Professor of the Centre for Developmental Health at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (now the Telethon Kids Institute).

Ted provides advice and expertise to a number of committees at state, national and international levels. He holds appointments on a range of boards and committees, including:

Ted is committed to facilitating positive health and social outcomes for Australian communities, and in particular Aboriginal communities. Some of his research interests include: Aboriginal health; Aboriginal alcohol and other drug use; and social determinants of health.

In 2014, Ted was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a leading researcher in the areas of public health and welfare to WA youth and to the provision of legal support services. He also received the Australian Medical Association Presidents Award in 2016 for his work towards bridging the gap between two cultures and for his work in improving health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait West Australians.

Last updated: 29 June 2017
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