Our Patrons

Dr Marion Scrymgour - CCDE Co-patron

Dr Marion Scrymgour is a pioneer Indigenous health administrator and a former deputy chief minister of the Northern Territory. She became CEO of the Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation Health Service in 1993, and later established the Katherine West Health Board, becoming the organisation’s inaugural chair. Elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in 2001, Dr Scrymgour served as a Minister in the Northern Territory Government, and became the first Aboriginal person to rise to the rank of deputy chief minister. Dr Scrymgour’s credibility in the fields of both education and health makes her an enormous asset to the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot – CCDE Co-patron 

Professor Sir Michael Marmot is a former president of the British Medical Association who also chaired the World Health Organisation’s European Review of action to address health inequities. He was knighted in 2000 for his pioneering work in epidemiology and in understanding health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a leading scientist, who has written extensively on the social determinants of health. His considerable reputation and extensive networks are of great assistance to the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education as we search for solutions to the challenges faced by children in the Northern Territory and beyond. 

Dr M Yunupingu (1956 – 2013)  - CCDE Founding Patron  

Dr M Yunupingu, the 1992 Australian of the Year, was a distinguished educator and musician. The first Indigenous principal of Yirrkala Community School, Dr Yunupingu was a pioneer of ‘both-ways’ learning. He also brought contemporary Aboriginal culture to the world in his role as a songwriter and musician with the Yothu Yindi band. A community leader of the highest calibre, Dr Yunupingu brought deep knowledge and keen insight to the challenge of improving the health and education of Indigenous children. The achievements of this great Australian will continue to inspire our work at the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education.

Dr Yunupingu's partner, Mrs Gurruwun Yunupingu - a highly regarded teacher and activist for two-way learning - has also served the Centre as an Advisory Board member.