Dr Anne Poelina

University Fellow

Dr Anne Poelina is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc., an Indigenous not-for-profit non-government community development organisation; Deputy Chair of the Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal Corporation, Deputy Chair of the Northern Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Indigenous Water Policy Group and is an inaugural member of the recently formed National First Peoples Water Council.

An indigenous woman raised in Western Australia,  Anne is passionate about sharing her life experiences with all people to demonstrate how marginalized people can overcome difficult situations by building their capacity to engage with others.  She has a strong history of working to improve the disadvantaged lives experienced by Indigenous Australians as well as a strong academic background with diplomas in Nursing (RN), Aboriginal Studies and Health Education; three masters degrees in Education, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Indigenous Social Policy.

Research Interests

  • Bio-prospecting
  • Plants of ecological and economic significance
  • Carbon economy land and natural resource management
  • Water governance through FitzCAM
  • Better herd management
  • Co-management partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal pastoralists
  • Land care and quarantine
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Nyikina Cultural Centre
  • Majala Wilderness Centre
  • Remote savannah technology hub

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Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Rabbitt, E. (2014). Poelina, Anne. In J. Smart & S. Swain (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia. Australian Women's Archives Project. Available from http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0522b.htm.

Conference Papers & Presentations

McDuffie, M., & Poelina, A. (2012). ‘Standing together for Kandri’ – through the Kimberley song cycle of the Lurujarri Trail and the Dinosaur Track Ways. Presented at the Songlines vs. Pipelines? Mining and Tourism Industries in Remote Australia conference, 28 February 2012. The University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Poelina, A., & McDuffie, M. (2011). Mardoowarra. Presented at the AIATSIS seminar series, 1 July 2011. Australian Institute of Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS), Canberra, ACT. 

Poelina, A., & McDuffie, M. (2010). Reclaiming the Mardoowarra. Presented at the Native Title Conference 2010: People, Place, Power, 1 June 2010. Australian Institute of Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS), Canberra, ACT. 

Anne Poelina


T: +61 (0)408 922 155
E: majala@wn.com.au

Madjulla Inc.
Broome WA