Our leadership team is driven by an unwavering passion to empower partners for greater impact.
At The MacKillop Institute, we believe in people. Every member of our team brings a wealth of energy and experience. The Institute is led by Director Anne Henderson, our National Program Directors and our Advisory Board.
The MacKillop Institute is a part of MacKillop Family Services, and was established to share the experience, expertise, and evidence-based programs of MacKillop Family Services with the wider community. The MacKillop Institute draws on a wealth of experience from MacKillop Family Services’ work across Australia and the commitment of our CEO, Dr Robyn Miller, to identify, promote, and independently evaluate good practice.
The MacKillop Institute is committed to MacKillop Family Services strategic goal to be innovative and responsive, develop best practices and advocate for social justice. We do this by building long-term partnerships that create positive and sustainable change.
The Institute empowers other organisations with evidence-informed programs and services that promote school and organisational wellbeing, and strengthen child safety. We work with others to share our collective knowledge so, together, we can create practical solutions tailored to the culture, strengths and needs of an organisation.
While the Institute was launched only 3 years ago, our programs have been around for decades and we draw on over 100 years of experience, dating back to the three founders who proceeded MacKillop Family Services. Our founders were driven by a commitment to education and to social justice. We try to do the same; we see the need and help co-design solutions. By sharing our expertise and working collaboratively, we can achieve a greater impact and support families, children, and communities to flourish.
Since formation in 1997, MacKillop Family Services (MacKillop) has grown to be a leading provider of specialist services for vulnerable children, young people, and families. MacKillop promotes the right of all children to be free to enjoy their childhood in safety, to be nurtured and to have a sense of belonging and cultural identity.
MacKillop's work is underpinned by strong governance and a deep commitment to social justice; to child focused, family centered, strength-based practice; to the prevention of harm; and to practice based on research evidence.
MacKillop works across the ACT, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia, delivering a range of therapeutic services including:
"We are passionate about building strong partnerships that enable government, community, education systems and corporate organisations to respond effectively to the needs of their community."
Anne Henderson, Director, The MacKillop Institute