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Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse




Rex Wild and Patricia AndersonBoard Members


Rex Wild has a Master of Laws degree from Monash University and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria in 1968. He worked as a Barrister-at-Law at the Victoria Bar from 1978-1993, including a period from 1980-1984 where he was Counsel Assisting the Costigan Royal Commission into the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union.

He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

Mr Wild was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory in 1992 and subsequently worked as Senior Assistant Director to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and then Senior Crown Counsel with the NT Attorney-General’s Department.

Mr Wild was appointed as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in October 1995, an appointment which was confirmed in early 1996 and which he then held until January 2006.

Whilst in this role, Mr Wild introduced the first Aboriginal Witness and Victim Support Coordinator positions (both in Darwin and Alice Springs), was a strong supporter of the establishment of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service, and instigated compulsory cross-cultural training for all staff in the Office of the DPP. It was also while in this role that he made frequent visits to Aboriginal communities and outstations and met regularly with Aboriginal leaders.


Ms Patricia Anderson is an Alyawarr woman who is well known, nationally and internationally, as a powerful advocate of the disadvantaged, with a particular focus on the health of the Indigenous Peoples. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Indigenous health, including community development, advocacy, policy formation and research ethics.

Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group of Indigenous people, was the CEO of Danila Dilba, the Aboriginal community controlled health service in Darwin, and has been the Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the peak national Indigenous health organisation. She is also a prolific writer and has had many essays, papers and articles published.

Until recently Ms Anderson held the position of Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), which is the peak body of the Aboriginal community controlled health organisations in the Northern Territory.

Ms Anderson is also the Chairperson of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, and is a board member of Beyondblue.