Health and community services
Robert has over 25 years’ experience focused on health and community services, including four years as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, and an earlier period running the Australian Government Aged Care and Aboriginal Health programs. He has run his own consulting business doing technical and organisational development work in Aboriginal health and in relation to communicable diseases. He was also CEO of the AIDS Council of New South Wales (NSW).
Robert moved to the education sector in 2008. Since then he has worked in the Victorian and Australian Governments; with responsibilities including early childhood development, tertiary education, labour market strategy and Indigenous employment.
Robert has chaired ministerial advisory councils that include most recently the National Senior Officials’ Committee, which supports tertiary education ministers. He was a board member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations in the 1990s, and chaired the National Public Health Partnership and the committee of officials responsible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. He was also director of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, the National E‑Health Advisory Council, the NSW Legal Aid Commission and Australian Hearing. Robert also served a term as a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council and has held conjoint appointments at The Australian National University, The University of Sydney and University of NSW.
Robert has degrees in education, public health and economic policy.