At our 2020 Annual General Meeting, MDAS members put us on a new course and set new challenges for our future.

We had 137 members take part, both in person at Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill and Kerang and online on Zoom.  It was one of the biggest attendances at a MDAS AGM ever.

Our membership voted for change at the board table and we are pleased and proud to welcome our new MDAS board members.

Congratulations to all of the courageous and committed MDAS members who put up their hands to seek election.  In their own way, each and every one of them is truly committed to the vision: Generations of vibrant, healthy and strong Aboriginal communities.

At our May 2021 Board meeting three additional board members were appointed to join the MDAS board as Directors until the 2021 AGM in November.  They are Thelma Chilly, Shantelle Thompson and Jemmes Handy.

We now have a full complement of Board members. 

We look forward to working strongly together towards our vision across our Mallee communities over coming months and years.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services Limited is a company limited by guarantee.

The business of Mallee District Aboriginal Services Limited is managed by a board of directors.

The principal activity of the company is to promote Aboriginal health, wellbeing, culture and economic prosperity through delivery of health, family and community services to clients in Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang and Robinvale.

Services are targetted to address areas of need created through social disadvantage, drug and alcohol misuse, sickness, disability, family violence, youth suicide, homelessness, teen pregnancy, low levels of childhood wellbeing, unemployment, disengagement with the education system and high levels of involvement with the criminal justice system.

The MDAS Constitution can be found here.

More about the activities in any given year can be found in our annual reports.

Membership application packs are
available here.

MDAS Interim Chair Damien Murray and Interim Deputy Chair Jenene Murray.  

Our MDAS Board

Damien Murray (Chairperson) (Kerang)
Damien has lived in Kerang for approximately 43 years and represented Kerang in different pursuits including football, cricket, golf, lawn bowls and basketball. Damien has spent most of his working life serving the Kerang and Swan Hill Communities, but is passionate about the welfare of Aboriginal Communities across the Mallee.
Jenene Murray (Deputy Chairperson) (Mildura) 
Jenene is a proud Wiradjuri woman from central New South Wales who has worked and lived in this community for 26 years. Jenene has an extensive working knowledge of the education sector and has been employed in this field for over 25 years. Jenene is currently employed as the Koorie Education Coordinator for the NWVR Mallee area.
Vicki Clark, OAM (Swan Hill) 
As a professional Aboriginal woman, I believe in self-determination that empowers Aboriginal organisations and communities to strive for a fair and just service into homes for all families. My appointments through my professional career are diverse and ones which has held high responsibility and consideration of many complex needs from a community perspective.
Pearl Dunn (Kerang)
Debra Chaplin (Swan Hill)
Debra has been an active member of her community for many years, and worked in many areas on different levels. She bases her decisions on passed lived experience and mistakes, always for the betterment of her culture and community. Debra regards her greatest achievement as her children and grandchildren, as walks in her mother’s footsteps as a proud Aboriginal woman.
Sharon Johnson (Mildura) 
Sharon is a proud Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner (AHW/AHP) of 26 years and is registered with AHPRA.  Sharon grew up in Melton, Victoria until the age of 15 when her parents moved back to Charleville, Queensland. She lived and worked in the Northern Territory for the 20 years before moving to Mildura with her family in 2019. Sharon works across many fields but is also on the Mildura Council Aboriginal Action Committee (AAC), the Mallee Regional Partnership Group, and is the first Aboriginal person to be appointed by the Health Minster on to the Mildura Base Public Hospital Board.
Shantelle Thompson, OAM (Mildura) 
Shantelle Thompson is a proud Barkindji and Ngyampaa woman, three-time jiu-jitsu world champion, and mother of five, who was recently awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for services to the Indigenous community of Victoria. Shantelle is strongly connected and committed to her community, and is proud to join the MDAS Board. Shantelle combines and brings her lived, learned and earned experiences to everything she does. She is speaker, mentor and the founder of Kiilalaana.
Thelma Chilly (Robinvale) 
Thelma Chilly is a proud Aboriginal woman who has ties to the Wiradjuri, Muthi Muthi, Wemba Wemba and Yorta Yorta nations. Born in Robinvale, Thelma has worked with Aboriginal communities in the Mallee for more than 33 years and is a strong advocate for our Koori Community. Thelma was placed on the 2010 Women’s Honour Roll and was a finalist in the Dreamtime Awards in 2018.  Thelma has a strong knowledge/ background in family violence prevention and has now worked for State Government for almost 14 years. Thelma is qualified in Community Development and Planning from Swinburne University and is currently responsible for the Local Aboriginal Networks in the Mallee.  Thelma remains passionate about her communities. 
Jemmes Handy (Mildura)
Jemmes Handy is well known for her work in health and justice services in the Mildura region over the past 30 years, where she has helped to develop culturally appropriate policing and health services. Jemmes has worked in the education sector on both sides of the river and has also been a volunteer on the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel. She has received numerous high-profile awards for her contribution to Indigenous communities in Victoria, including a Public Service Medal.


MALLEE DISTRICT ABORIGINAL SERVICES  “Our Vision: "Self-determined, healthy, robust and culturally strong Aboriginal communities across the Mallee region."

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