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Professor Sue Kildea and Assoc Prof Yvette Roe

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Leaders in First Nations maternal, newborn and child health

Sue Kildea and Yvette Roe

Directors' message

Our research Centre has been established in honour of Molly Wardaguga, Barrara elder, Aboriginal health worker, midwife and leader from Maningrida in Arnhem land who was a strong proponent of returning birthing services to Aboriginal communities, First Nations and other Australians working side-by-side and Aboriginal control of health services. The work of our centre will continue to support Molly’s vision whilst concentrating on redesigning health and support services across the first thousand days for the best start in life.

- Co-directors, Professor Sue Kildea and Associate Professor Yvette Roe

View the CDU professorial lecture on the centre

MWRC launch

About the Centre

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre was established in April 2019 and is dedicated to the late Molly Wardaguga, Burarra Elder, Aboriginal Midwife, Senior Aboriginal Health Worker and founding member of the Malabam Health Board in Maningrida, Arnhem Land.

Molly was an important contributor to the Australian discourse regarding the importance of Birthing on Country. Her work and mentoring in Aboriginal health and research; and maternal and infant health, in particular, has galvanised many advocates to improve maternity services for Indigenous Australians. 

Molly's vision to support women’s cultural and birthing aspirations, especially those living in remote locations, will endure through the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre is an initiative of Charles Darwin University.

Molly Wardaguga
Molly Wardaguga, Burarra Elder from Maningrida, Arnhem Land