She has extensive experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address contemporary, complex social challenges in our community.
Prior to joining UWA, Michelle was WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People for six years, advising the government and Parliament on policies, law reform and services to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people.
As Commissioner, Michelle published several reports on children’s wellbeing, including "Inquiry into the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People" (2011), "The State of Western Australia's Children and Young People" (2012), "Building Blocks- Best Practice Programs that Improve the Wellbeing of Children and Young People" (2012), and "Speaking out about Wellbeing" - a report of the views of almost 1000 children and young people on what they considered was important to their wellbeing and helped them ‘live life to the full.’
Michelle was WA’s Public Advocate for five years, has been the Senior Member of two Commonwealth Tribunals and a Director of Social Policy with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
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):