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Mick Gooda is a descent of the Ganulu people from the Dawson Valley in Central Queensland. He is the Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.
Mick has worked in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for more than 35 years. From 2010-2016, Mick served as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. In his role, Mick advocated for the recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and sought to promote respect and understanding of these rights in the broader Australian community.
Prior to commencing his role at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) for over five years. In this role, Mick was able to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the front of the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers. His work at the CRCAH empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead the research agenda in areas including, chronic disease management, skin infections and promoting cultural change in hospitals to make them more appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mick’s interest has been focussed on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has been actively involved in advocacy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments.