Maureen is a Chief Investigator on the Lililwan Project and Chief Executive Officer of Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services, an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation in Fitzroy Crossing. She is a Kija and Gooniandi woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Maureen is a founding member of the Marulu Strategy leadership team of the Fitzroy Valley. This strategy was developed to address the need for diagnosis and prevention of FASD and to support the parents and carers of affected children.
At Nindilingarri, Maureen has established a model of health care that is the first of its kind in Australia, with emphasis on community empowerment and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Through its relationship with government health services and the Kimberley Population Health Unit (KPHU), Nindilingarri aims to give the community a real voice in directing how government health services are delivered in Fitzroy Crossing.
She leads a team of health professionals responsible for delivering health promotion and education throughout remote communities of the Fitzroy Valley.
Prior to working in health, Maureen worked for 23 years in welfare. This gives her a real understanding of the issues that Aboriginal families experience on a daily basis.