Our Patrons

Aunty Joan Vickery, AO     

Aunty Joan, a Gunditjamara woman from the Western district of Victoria, has worked for the Koori community over more than 40 years particularly in health.

Aunty Joan was a founding member of the Koorie Diabetes Service and Ngwala Willumbong Co-operative (drug and alcohol rehabilitation). She has been a board member of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, the Aboriginal Advancement League, the Koori Heritage Trust Ltd and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Uncle Kevin Coombs, OAM     


During the 1960s and '70s, Uncle Kev played wheelchair basketball for Australia in five Paralympic Games. He captained both the Commonwealth Games team in New Zealand (1974) and the Silver Jubilee Games team in England (1977). Uncle Kev has competed in the World Championships for wheelchair basketball (1983), the World Wheelchair Basketball Challenge in Los Angeles (1984) and was the captain and coach of the Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball team at the Paralympics in Germany (1972).

Uncle Kev's outstanding achievements and his involvement with the Aboriginal community and disabled sports were recognised in 1993 with an Order of Australia Medal. His contribution to the Paralympics was marked at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when a road at the Homebush Bay facility was named Kevin Coombs Avenue.

Uncle Kev has also long been involved in Koori health and was the coordinator of the Koori Alcohol and Drug Program with the Department of Human Services (Victoria) from 1992 until his retirement. 



Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, AO     


Aunty Joy, an Aboriginal Elder of the Wurundjeri people, has been involved with Aboriginal issues for thirty years. She is Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Consultative Assembly, and has held executive positions across many sectors of government.

Aunty Joy is an Honorary Professor at Swinburne University, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a member of the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative Committee and the Equal Opportunity Commission. She is also an Australia Day ambassador, and operates her own business Jarlo Visions.