On 3 April 2017, June Oscar AO became Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, the first woman to hold the position. A Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia, June Oscar was formerly CEO at the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, where she led a successful, community-wide response to the alcohol crisis in the area. Ms Oscar has previously held positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 Ms Oscar received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.
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