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Dr Robert Francis Isaacs OAM JP PhD (HON)

Dr Robert Francis Isaacs OAM JP PhD (HON)

Male Elder of the Year

Dr Robert Francis Isaacs is a Billumum Noongar man, a member of the stolen generation and a proud West Australian.

Robert began his career in 1973 with the Community and Child Health Services.

Since then, Robert has established dental, rehabilitation and health care clinics. He has improved relations between Aboriginal people and the justice system, led housing initiatives, and helped establish Clontarf Aboriginal College.

As a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City of Gosnells, Robert was also the first Aboriginal person elected to local government.

Robert was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2001 for his service to Housing, Health, Education and Employment.

Robert is currently the Chair of the Australia Day Council WA, Executive Member to the State Aboriginal Advisory Council – Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act, and Foundation Member, President and Chair of the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service.

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