Speakers Profile - Dr Jeff McMullen

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A journalist, author and filmmaker for over 45 years, an ABC television foreign correspondent, Four Corners and 60 Minutes reporter, and the host of the 33-part issue series on ABC Television, Difference of Opinion.

Throughout his professional life Jeff McMullen has written, filmed and campaigned around the world to improve the health, education and human rights of indigenous people.

He is the Honorary CEO of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth, developing early learning programs and the Literacy Backpack project in 22 remote indigenous communities over the past nine years.

As a Director of AIME, or Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, Jeff has helped grow this highly successful education movement connecting university undergraduates as mentors for Aboriginal high school students in urban areas.

Jeff is also a Director of the Australian Indigenous Engineering Aid Summer School program that is building opportunities in tertiary education.

As a Trustee of the Jimmy Little Foundation, Jeff also works with Aboriginal doctors and medical services to improve dialysis and introduce the nutrition program, "Uncle Jimmy's Thumbs Up", aimed at reduction and prevention of the epidemic of chronic illness.

He has chaired the council meetings of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and joined their advocacy in Federal Parliament. At the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit Jeff was among the 100 people focused on ?Closing the Gaps? in indigenous life expectancy and improving the well being of all Aboriginal communities.

He is also Patron of the University of Canberra's Healthpact Centre developing health promotion and social equality programs, especially for Aboriginal children.

In 2006 McMullen was awarded an Order of Australia (AM), for service to journalism and efforts to raise awareness of economic, social and human rights issues in Australia and overseas, as well as service to charity.

Variety, the children's charity, declared McMullen Humanitarian of the Year for 2006. He directed the $10,000 award into the Literacy Backpacks in the Jawoyn communities to enhance this early learning project.