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Menzies appoints new co-patron

The new co-patron of Menzies’ Centre for Child Development and Education, Dr Marion Scrymgour, with the centre's director, Professor Gary Robinson The new co-patron of Menzies’ Centre for Child Development and Education, Dr Marion Scrymgour, with the centre's director, Professor Gary Robinson

The Menzies School of Health Research Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) has a new co-patron.

She is Dr Marion Scrymgour, CEO of Wurli-Wulinjang Aboriginal health service and chair of Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory. 

The centre was launched in 2011 to conduct research that will improve the health, wellbeing and education of children, particularly Indigenous children.

CCDE Director Professor Gary Robinson described Dr Scrymgour’s appointment as an enormous asset to Menzies and the centre due to her integrity and great credibility in the fields of education and health.

Dr Scrymgour said she was humbled and proud to follow in the footsteps of (former patron) Dr Yunupingu.

“I am honoured to accept the role of CCDE co-patron and I look forward to making a contribution to the important work of the centre,” she said. 

Of Tiwi background, Dr Scrymgour was appointed to the position of CEO of the Katherine-based Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation Health Service in 1993. In the mid-90s she established the Katherine West Health Board and became the organisation’s inaugural chair. 

Elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in 2001, Dr Scrymgour served in the NT Government as Minister for Education, and Minister for Family and Community Services and the Arts. She also served as Deputy Chief Minister, the first Aboriginal person to rise to this senior level in the NT Government.