Helen Milroy

Professor, MB BS CertChildPsych W.Aust., FRANZCP

  • The University of Western Australia (M521), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


MB BS CertChildPsych W.Aust., FRANZCP

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.

Helen is currently the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Professor of Child and Adolescent psychiatry; a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission; Co-chair of the Million Minds Medical Research Advisory Group and Honorary Research Fellow with the Telethon Kids Institute. From 2013-2017 Helen was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In 2019 Helen was appointed as a Commissioner with the Australian Football league.

Helen has been on numerous State, National, International and College policy committees, Reference and Advisory groups and boards including the NHMRC Human Ethics Committee; Headspace Board; Australian indigenous Doctors Association Board and the Wharerata group for the International Initiative in Mental health Leadership.

Currently Helen is a member of the RANZCP Foundation; RANZCP Presidents advisory group; Young Lives matter Board; inaugural board of Gayaa Dhuwi Australia; WA Mental Health Tribunal and the WA Care Plan Review panel.
Helen’s work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, mental health leadership; trauma infomred care and workforce development.

Roles and responsibilities

Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Commissioner National mental Health Commission

Honorary Research Fellow Telthon Kids Institute

Current projects

Chief Investigator, Culturally and Clinically capable models of mental health care

Funding overview

$2.8 million

Previous positions

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programme
Senior Registrar
Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Clinic - Bentley Health Service
Mother and Infant Services - King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH and PMH)
General Clinic - Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH)

Psychiatry Training Programme
Child Psychiatry - PMH & Selby Clinic
Community Psychiatry - Osborne & Avro Clinics
Adult Psychiatry - Fremantle Hospital
Obstetric & Gynaecology Liaison Psychiatry - KEMH
Forensic Psychiatry - Graylands Hospital
Old Age Psychiatry - Osborne Lodge

Teaching overview

Indigenous Mental Health training for psychiatric registrars 1998-current
Supervisor for registrars training in Child Psychiatry 2000-current
Lecturer at University of Western Australia


Holistic medicine
Child mental health
Recovery from trauma and grief
Application of Indigenous knowledge
Indigenous health curriculum development, implementation and evaluation
Aboriginal health
Aboriginal mental health
Health professional education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Commissioner, Australian Football League (AFL)

Mar 2019 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Aboriginal mental health
  • Child mental health
  • Aboriginal health
  • Indigenous health curriculum development, implementation and evaluation
  • Application of Indigenous knowledge
  • Recovery from trauma and grief
  • Holistic medicine


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