Karen Bryant is a proud Gunditjmara woman, following her mother’s line. Karen has worked for nearly four decades across community services, organisations, committees and boards to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. Karen is currently working as Senior Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer across four campuses within Northern Health.
Karen’s role at Northern Health is extensive, influential, and she provides a holistic service to community. When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families need help, Karen assists to improve their hospital journey, navigating complex health systems.
Karen is a founding member of Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, her volunteering there includes eight years on the Board, and she also served over 15 years on the Board of Djirra (formerly Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria). She was acknowledged as one of the powerful and influential Aboriginal woman promoting and advocating for Aboriginal women and children escaping family violence and named as an inaugural ‘Djirra Keeper’ in 2019.