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Invited Speakers

Jennifer Cullen

Ms Jennifer Cullen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University and Griffith University, where she also serves as Doctor of the University. Associate Professor Cullen is a community services professional with over 33 years’ experience working in disability and aged care services. She is Chief Executive Officer of Synapse, Australia’s leading brain injury organisation and has been instrumental in leading service delivery, research, advocacy, and intersectional collaboration in the field. Associate Professor Cullen has most recently received the Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to people with disability, and the community through a range of roles.

Associate Professor Cullen is a descendant of the Bidjara and Wakka Wakka people and has extensive networks with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across Australia. She is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, rural and remote/very remote disability service delivery, and enhancing service innovation and delivery for people with disabilities and their families. Associate Professor Cullen is currently contributing to numerous disability research projects.
Associate Professor Cullen also serves as:
• Community Board Member — Parole Board Queensland.
• Member — Young People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) Stakeholder Reference Group, the Department of Social Services.
• Director — MJD Foundation.
• Deputy Chairperson — Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority.
• Board Member – Public Trustee Advisory and Monitoring Board.

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