A journalist, author and film-maker for almost five decades, Jeff McMullen has been a foreign correspondent for the ABC, reporter for Four Corners and 60 Minutes, interviewer and anchor of ABC's 33 part issue series Difference of Opinion and host of televised forums on National Indigenous Television.
Jeff's recent documentaries have focused on the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their education and housing needs, and the chronic illness cluster taking so many lives.
He is the Honorary CEO of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth, developing early learning programs and the Literacy Backpack project in 22 remote Indigenous communities over the past 12 years. Jeff has worked with singer/songwriters including Archie Roach, Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard and Neil Murray on the series of iconic song books that celebrate the Indigenous struggle for equality.
Throughout his professional life Jeff McMullen has written, filmed and campaigned around the world to improve health, education and human rights in many nations, but particularly for Indigenous people.
As a Director of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), Jeff has helped grow this highly successful education movement connecting university undergraduates as mentors for Aboriginal high-school students in urban areas.
He is also a Director of the Australian Indigenous Engineering Aid Summer School program that is building opportunities in tertiary education and co-chaired the World Indigenous Business Forum in Sydney in 2012.
As a Trustee of the Jimmy Little Foundation, McMullen works to improve dialysis and introduced the nutrition program Uncle Jimmy's Thumbs Up, aimed at reduction and prevention of the epidemic of chronic illness.
He has chaired forums for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in NSW, Queensland and Victoria and the Sunrise Health Service in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territory.
Working closely with leading Aboriginal traditional owners in the Northern Territory, McMullen has travelled the country and overseas as an advocate for their human rights. At the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit Jeff was among the 100 Australians focused on 'closing the gaps' in Indigenous life expectancy and improving the well being of all Aboriginal communities. He was an international speaker at Tony Blair's Beyond Sport conference in London and Chicago.
Jeff is a patron of the Merry Maker's troupe for Down's Syndrome children and has worked with the University of Canberra's Healthpact Center developing health promotion and social equality programs for children.
In 2006 McMullen was awarded an Order of Australia (AM), for service to journalism and efforts to raise awareness of economic, social and human rights issues in Australia and overseas, as well as service to charity.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University, an Honourary Doctorate in Journalism from Central Queensland University, and an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from Macquarie and Newcastle University. His best-selling memoir A Life of Extremes: Journeys and Encounters (HarperCollins Australia) examines ideas gleaned from some of the world's bravest individuals contributing to a brighter future for the human family.
Client Comments for Jeff McMullen
Jeff McMullen travels from New South Wales Australia
- What can I say but just awesome, brilliant and one of the best. His message was so appropriate for our organisation - reaching the top University students throughout Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia his vision of the ultimate global village theory and that we can all make a difference rang true with the vast majority of attendees. One of the most impressive aspects to his attendance ( unlike many speakers who come, deliver and run!! ) was his willingness to remain and talk to students individually, sig
Golden Key International Honour Society
- One of the most outstanding, thought-provoking and moving speeches I have ever heard. This view was echoed by the majority of 300 guests attending the lunch. We have been inundated by congratulation messages for the event, all focusing on Jeff's speech. Many of our guests left the lunch with a renewed determination to make a change to their lives and the world - this is how powerful Jeff was.
Australian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
- Very insightful.
Excellent choice of speaker and topic, let's have more of it!
Very informative and inspiring.
Jeff is always so inspiring: his length, depth and knowledge is amazing.
Truly captivates his audience.
Very good presentation.
Inspired and passionate about the subject matter. He held audience interest throughout.
- Jeff's pre-existing knowledge of, and passion for, this subject, made a big difference to the Roundtable and Forum. He led a very powerful goup smoothly, expertly, and with considerable perception. In the end, he delivered far more than called for in the brief.
Barbara Bridges Associates
- Jeff made a profound impression on many/most/ perhaps all persons in the room (200 pax). When he finished, delegates leapt out of their chairs and ran to speak with him personally. This is a sign of a speaker well received! It was all I could do to get Jeff out of the building past the hordes of new fans and into his car so that he could make his flight on time. We want Jeff back next year, and hopefully in an expanded role, subject to client discussion.
Curtin University of Technology
"Fantastic staff, all very friendly and helpful."
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