Bobby Whybrow is a Wiradjuri man born and raised on country in Albury, NSW.
Bobby has 15 years’ experience working in Aboriginal health, justice, education and arts in NSW and VIC with a focus on sexual health, harm reduction and public health practice. Today, Bobby is employed as a Project Manager with Murrumbidgee Local Health District(MLHD) Aboriginal Health.
Bobby’s working career spans various roles,with highlights including providing support and education to twenty-eight Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) across Victoria about sexual health and blood-borne viruses. During this time, Bobby played a pivotal role in implementing the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program (NSP) and delivering LGBTQI+ awareness training.
He’s been involved in several Aboriginal health qualitative research projects, exploring young Aboriginal people’s experiences in regional settings pertaining to sexual health and health care for sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses. At a national level, Bobby’s research explores issues relating to preventive sexual health among young Aboriginal people of diverse sexualities and genders, including Sister girls and Brother boys, with aim to inform the development and delivery of health promotion and services strategies. His work at VACCHO saw Bobby contribute to research studies such as The Goanna Survey (The Kirby Institute, 2011) and the Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study (Monash University, 2013).
Bobby joined the AWAHS Board of Directors in 2021 to share his voice and experiences, whilst contributing to positive governance of the organisation. Bobby is passionate about celebrating mob and lifting people up no matter their background. He says, ‘when we’re winning, we all are’ and looks forward to seeing AWAHS grow to help mob remain healthy.