Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and his professional background includes working for the Western Australia Museum, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Technology, and sixteen years as the Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth. He is currently employed at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University where he is a leader of the Aboriginal Research Program and plays an active role in Aboriginal capacity building, and research and its application.
Professor Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and was previously a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. He provides advice and expertise to a wide range of other committees at state, national and international levels. As an Aboriginal leader, he has endeavoured to facilitate positive health and social outcomes, for the Aboriginal community, as well as for the community generally. In 2014 Professor Wilkes was made a Member of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a leading researcher in the area of public health and welfare, to youth in Western Australia, and to the provision of legal support services.