Telethon Kids Institute
Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU) in the Telethon Kids Institute (KARDU) is established to focus on facilitating research interest and opportunities in research that involve Aboriginal families and communities as well as building the capacity and development of our researchers working on Aboriginal projects.
Isabelle Adams and Mara West are the Aboriginal Coordinators of KARDU. They share the position and work on a part time basis. They have tertiary qualifications and extensive experience in research and administration and held managerial positions in the WA public sector. They have extensive experience working with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other culturally and linguistically diverse groups in urban, regional and remote locations in WA and across Australia,
Isabelle’s qualifications include a Dip Teach, BEd, MEd and accreditations in Small Business Management and Training and Assessment. She has over 20 years employment experience in the education and training industry and 15 in the business sector as a consultant, researcher and trainer in a diversity of areas in Indigenous Affairs including community and environmental health.
She was awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for Services to the Community and held membership on a number of State and National bodies including Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Research Advisory Committee, Australian Research Council Indigenous Researchers Development Program Reference Group, Australian Council of Educational Research, Murdoch University Aboriginal Advisory Council, WA Aboriginal Education and Training Council and WA State Advisory Committee for Stronger Families, Stronger Communities Program. She is a current delegate of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Mara’s qualifications include a BA, BSc (Hons) and Grad Dip Teach. She has extensive experience working in the public sector in education and training and Indigenous Affairs developing policies and programs. She worked over 15 years in the private sector as a consultant, trainer and researcher operating in various locations and environments in community engagement and building the capacities of communities.
She was awarded the Murdoch University Medal for services to the University and the community and held membership on a number of State and National bodies including Australian Council of Educational Research Indigenous Education Standing Committee, Central Institute of Technology and North Metro TAFE Governing Councils and Aboriginal Education Employment and Training Committee, National Indigenous Training Reference Group, Murdoch University Senate and Aboriginal Advisory Council, WA College of Advanced Education (ECU) Aboriginal Advisory Group and WA Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. She is currently a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Round Table to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a member of the North Metropolitan TAFE Governing Council and Chair, North Metropolitan TAFE’s Aboriginal Education, Employment and Training Committee.