Oliver is a proud young Wardandi Noongar man who was born and raised in the ACT. After moving from the ACT he completed high school in a regional area on the NSW South Coast and returned again to Canberra to complete a Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University majoring in Biology and Biological Anthropology. He is currently based in Canberra and working as a policy officer at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
Oliver is passionate about building resilience in individuals and communities. Through his position on the Youth Research Council, he hopes to learn more about what it is that helps us cope with stressors and what picks us up when we are knocked down. Oliver aims to use knowledge in this area to better inform policy aimed at making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities more resilient.
Oliver’s work with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation has exposed him to many inspiring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders as well as many government and sector leaders. He aims to use his skills to walk in the footsteps of his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models and mentors.