Karen Milward – Leadership profiles
Karen is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne. Karen has developed extensive networks within the Victorian Indigenous community and Indigenous communities nationally as well as within State and Commonwealth Government Departments and agencies in Victoria. She has extensive consulting experience within all levels of government and with Indigenous communities and organisations on a broad range of initiatives – especially those targeting Indigenous communities.
Karen is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to the issues confronting Indigenous people, which empower individuals and communities so they can confidently and effectively move forward. As well as being a co-Chairperson of the Indigenous Leadership Network Victoria, Karen is the Chairperson of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place and the Eastern Indigenous Healing Service.
Karen owns and operates Karen Milward Consultancy Services (since 2005) and has extensive consulting experience and networks across Australia within all levels of government and with Indigenous communities and organisations on a broad range of initiatives - especially those targeting Indigenous communities.
Karen has held senior policy and program management positions in Government and has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs all of her life and consulting in Aboriginal affairs for 20 years.
Karen Milward has extensive experience in social research, with expertise in issues concerning Aboriginal communities and organisations, early intervention and prevention, children and young people, health, housing, drug and alcohol, family violence, native title, education, training and employment, cultural heritage, social justice, and Aboriginal cultural competence and responsiveness to government and mainstream services. She has worked in various areas of Aboriginal Affairs specializing in community development through education, employment and economic development.
Karen has worked with 35 Aboriginal communities and their organisations in Victoria and with over 100 Aboriginal communities and their organisations nationally across all issues relevant to Indigenous communities in Australia.