Karen Milward (Deputy Chairperson)
Karen is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne. Karen is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to the issues confronting Indigenous people that empower individuals and communities so they can confidently and effectively move forward. Karen owns and operates Karen Milward Consultancy Services (since 2004) and has extensive consulting experience and networks across Australia within all levels of government and with Indigenous communities and organisations on a broad range of initiatives. Karen has held senior policy and program management positions in Government and has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs all of her life and consulting in Aboriginal affairs for 20 years.
Karen has extensive experience in social research, with expertise in issues concerning Aboriginal communities and organisations, early intervention and prevention, children and young people, health, housing, drug and alcohol, family violence, native title, education, training and employment, cultural heritage, social justice, and Aboriginal cultural competence and responsiveness to government and mainstream services.
Karen’s current official positions include:
When Karen is not travelling the country doing her consultancy work she volunteers her time to further advancing the work and activities of the Aboriginal community organisations that she currently represents in Melbourne. Karen lives in Melbourne with her husband Steve and three children.