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Candice Butler

Child Protection, Qld

Candice Butler is a proud Aboriginal woman with strong family connections to Yarrabah in Far North Queensland. She is passionate about ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have true self-determination and authority over decisions that are made about their lives particularly in the area of Child Protection.

Candice is a thought leader that has been instrumental in the significant reforms that have occurred for Child Protection in Queensland and nationally and is currently the Deputy Chair of SNAICC, the National Peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

As the inaugural Director of the Centre of Excellence at the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd (QATSICPP), Candice has provided significant leadership in the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of projects to improve child and family wellbeing across Queensland. This has included co-author of research and leading of the evaluation and action research agenda.

At the heart of Candice’s work is ensuring that the voice and choice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is heard and respected in child protection reform.

Candice is a Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience working across government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.