Ms Barbara Wellesley AM

Appointed to Board in 2009, appointed Chair of the Board 2017 – 2018
Ms Barbara Wellesley AM

Barbara Wellesley is currently Convenor of the Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People (ARACY) and President of Contact Inc. since 2014.

Barbara Wellesley was the co-founder and National Director (1997-2007) of Good Beginnings, Australia. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours in 2006, for her services to child health and nursing, (particularly the services to Good Beginnings). She is currently the Convenor of the Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance of children and Young People (ARACY), , Director of Decided Advantage (social research consultancy), ongoing member of the College of Physicians Committee included in developing a College policy for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

Other previous positions have included:

  • Director of Decided Advantage (social research consultancy)
  • Member of the College of Physicians Committee included in developing a College policy for Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Senior Policy Analyst Maternal and Child Health Unit, NSW Health Department (1966)
  • Coordinator Child and Family Health Nurses Association (NSW) Inc (CAFHNA)
  • Chairperson of the beyondblue National Steering Committee of the National Action Plan (NAP) for Perinatal Depression (2007)
  • Vice Chairperson of the National NIFTeY Board