Jill Milroy


  • The University of Western Australia (M303), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Jill Milroy is a Palyku woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Jill is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education at the University of Western Australia and is the Director of UWA’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. She has more than 30 years experience in Indigenous higher education developing programs and support services for Indigenous students as well as a range of Indigenous curriculum and research initiatives.
Jill has served on a number of national policy advisory bodies and has been a strong advocate within the national higher education arena for the formal recognition and resourcing of Indigenous knowledge systems. In 2011 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to Indigenous education. Jill’s key research interests are in Aboriginal knowledge and Aboriginal story systems. Jill works with her mother Gladys Milroy to write and create stories and together they have authored and illustrated children’s books ‘Dingo’s Tree’ as well as ‘Emu Crow and Eagle, a collection of bird stories for young readers.

Roles and responsibilities

The School of Indigenous Studies has overall responsibility for the development of Indigenous higher education and Indigenous matters at UWA, this includes the development and implementation of the University’s Indigenous Education Strategy and the University’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

The Dean is part of the senior management group within the university and sits on key decision-making committees including Academic Board, Academic Council, Planning and Budget, Senior Managers group and the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group.

The Dean’s role is to provide effective Academic leadership on Indigenous matters across the university, effective Academic Leadership and Management of the School and to contribute towards policies that enhance the effectiveness of the University as a whole.

Future research

Project Title: “Educating for equity: Exploring how health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease care and improve outcomes for Indigenous populations”.
Australian Investigators: (UWA) Professor Helen Milroy, Winthrop Professor Jill Milroy, Associate Professor David Paul, Professor Darlene Oxenham; (University of Melbourne) Shaun Ewen. (NHMRC) 2009 International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership grant (ICIHRP): Reducing the burden of disease and inequalities in health arising from chronic disease in Indigenous people. A research project between partners in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Current projects

Design Indigenous curriculum in Engineering

Teaching overview

Course Coordinator, Aboriginal Historiography (Honours level)
Co-Director, Aboriginal Pre-Law Programme (Developed with Professor Richard Bartlett, Law School UWA, in 1994, the first such program in Australia)
Visiting lectures in Law, Architecture


Aboriginal storytelling
Australian history
Indigenous higher education
Indigenous knowledge systems

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Aboriginal storytelling
  • Australian history
  • Indigenous higher education
  • Indigenous knowledge systems


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