Rachel Fishlock

Rachel is a proud descendant of the Yuin Nation and is the Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia.

Driven by lived experience of systemic neglect as a child carer, Rachel aspires to create systemic change to the Australian mental health system, particularly for children and caring arrangements. She works to achieve the highest attainable standard of social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, and suicide prevention outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Rachel has more than a decade of experience in health, including the optometry industry and community-controlled sector. She has worked at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and held senior roles at Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Social Policy) and Master of Business Management from the University of Wollongong.

Rachel was recognised by Lifeline Canberra as the 2022 Rising Woman of Spirit for her outstanding community spirit and resilience in the face of adversity, continuing to push for reforms to ensure other children do not experience the same systemic neglect she did.

Rachel sits on the Fearless Women Board and the Capital Health Network Board.

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