Professor Helen Milroy
Director/Professor (on secondment)
Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, Centre for (CAMDH)
- Contact details
- Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH)
The University of Western Australia (M303)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 2038
- +61 8 6488 1100
- MB BS CertChildPsych W.Aust., FRANZCP
- 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 Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia; and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, Department of Health, situated at Graylands Hospital, Perth. She is Lead Investigator of the Australian team on the NHMRC International Collaborative Grant “Educating for Equity” exploring how health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease.
Helen has been on State, National and College policy committees, Reference and Advisory groups. Helen is a current member of the NHMRC Australian Human Ethics Committee; the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee; DoHA Health and Wellbeing Check for Three Year Olds Expert Group; NHMRC Indigenous Mental Health Advisory Group; and NHMRC ADHD Expert Working Group. She has most recently been appointed to the Board of Closing the Gap Clearinghouse with the Department of Indigenous Affairs.She has been a Board member of Headspace - the National Youth Mental Health initiative; the Western Australian Indigenous Implementation Board; and was Past President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA). Helen is conjoint award recipient of the World Council for Psychotherapy’s Sigmund Freud Award 2011 for contributions to the field of psychotherapy. She was also 2011 Yachad Scholar.
Helen’s work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous health curriculum development, implementation and evaluation, Aboriginal health and mental health, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce.
- Key research
- 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
- 2012 Hunter, E., Milroy, H., Brown, N., & Calma, T. (2012). Human Rights, Health, and Indigenous Australians. In Dudley, M., Silove, D., & Gale, F (Eds.), Mental Health and Human Rights: vision, praxis, and courage, (1st ed.) (pp. 448-464). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
2008 Infants of Parents with Mental Illness: Developmental, Clinical, Cultural and Personal Perspectives. Eds: Anne Sven Williams and Vicky Cowling. Chapter 12: Children are our future - Understanding the needs of Aboriginal children and their families. Milroy H.
2008 Mental Health and Human Rights: Chapter: Human Rights, Health and Indigenous Australians. Hunter E, Milroy H, Browne N, Calma T.
2007 Textbook: Transcultural Psychiatry: Chapter: Mental Health And The Indigenous Peoples Of Australia And New Zealand. Mason Durie, Helen Milroy and Ernest Hunter
2006 Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, De Maio JA, Shepherd C, Griffin JA, Dalby RB, Mitrou FG, Lawrence DM, Hayward C, Pearson G, Milroy H, Milroy J, Cox A. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Improving the Educational Experiences of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, ISBN 0-9579494-9-9, 2006
2005 De Maio JA, Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, Cox A. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and the intergenerational effects of forced separation. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; ISBN 0-9579494-7-2 2005.
2005 Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, De Maio JA, Cox A, Li J. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; 2005.
2005 Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Blair EM, Griffin J, Milroy H, De Maio JA, Cox A, Li J. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Forced Separation from Natural Family, Forced Relocation from Traditional Country or Homeland, and Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Children and Young People: Additional notes. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; 2005.
2004 Zubrick SR, Lawrence DM, Silburn SR, Blair E, Milroy H, Wilkes E, Eades S, D'Antoine H, Read A, Ishiguchi P, & Doyle S. (2004). The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: The Health of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research ISBN 0-9579494-6-4, 2004
2006 Paul D, Carr S, Milroy H (2006): Making a difference: the early impact of an Aboriginal health undergraduate medical curriculum. MJA, Volume 184 Number 10, 522-525.
2005 Hunter E. Milroy H.(2005): Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide in context. Archives of Suicide Research, 2005 (in press)
2003 Parker R, Milroy H (2003): Schizophrenia And Related Psychosis In Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander People . Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Consultant Psychiatrist with the Department of Health - Statewide Aboriginal Medical Service - Graylands Hospital
Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia
- Future research
- Chief Investigator, Educating for Equity - Exploring how health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease, NHMNRC International Collaborative ICIHRP Grant
- Funding received
- $2.8 million
- Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
- Honours and awards
- 2011 Yachad Scholar, awarded by the National Australia Bank Women's International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
2011 World Council for Psychotherapy's Sigmund Freud Award: conjoint winner
Limelight Award for National Leadership in Indigenous Medical Education, 2009
SPA Suicide Prevention Australia Award, Indigenous Category, 2008
Inaugural National Limelight Awards: Indigenous student recruitment and retention 2007
Premiers Awards, Western Australia: CAMDH received the award for People and Communities: Education and Skills Development. 2005
Mark Sheldon Award, RANZCP (2001)
For the most meritorious work to advance knowledge and understanding in Indigenous mental health
Rowley Richards Award, RANZCP (2001)
For the most outstanding Section II dissertation in the area of war or trauma studies: "A clinical study examining the links between childhood sexual abuse and dissociation, and their effects in pregnancy and the post-partum period."
Congress Presentation Award, RANZCP (2000)
For the best presentation (Registrar Category): "Race and Self-disclosure"
- Previous positions
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programme
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
- Indigenous Mental Health training for psychiatric registrars 1998-current
Supervisor for registrars training in Child Psychiatry 2000-current
Lecturer at University of Western Australia
- Current external positions
- Consultant Psychiatrist, Statewide Aboriginal Mental Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, Department of Health, Perth
- Research profile
Research profile and publications