Dr Anne Poelina

Anne is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and a respected academic researcher, with a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) and currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) with thesis title, ‘On Just Terms- Cultural Determinants of Indigenous Health and Wellbeing’.

Anne is Managing Director Madjulla Inc., a 2011 Peter Cullen Fellow for Water Leadership and is a signatory to the Redstone Statement that she helped draft at the 1st International Summit on Indigenous Environmental Philosophy in 2010. As the Inaugural Chair of the National First Peoples Water Engagement Council in 2011 and later the same year she was elected onto the Broome Shire Council and became Deputy Shire President in her first term of office. In 2017, she was awarded a Laureate from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), and in the following year of 2018 she was elected Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council. She is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University and a Visiting Research Fellow with the Australian National University -Crawford School of Public Policy.

In a time of Climate Emergency, Anne combines First Law, Indigenous Science (traditional ecological knowledge), and the rights of nature as solutions for planetary health and human wellbeing.