Theme Member
Linda Forbes



Linda joined the Infection & Immunity Theme – Aboriginal Health team in August 2016, fresh from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations where she was Manager, Policy and Communications for six years. Her background in HIV policy analysis, advocacy, and publications meant that she hit the ground running at SAHMRI, working on reports and publications, and developing content for project websites, including our HIV website for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community,, and for the Young, Deadly, Free, CRE-ASH, and NIMAC websites. Before her seven years at AFAO, Linda worked at the NSW Welfare Rights Centre, a community legal centre specialising in Social Security law for many years - advocating for clients, coordinating the centre’s casework service, and in policy advocacy. Prior to that she worked at DSS, ultimately in its legal branch. Linda’s Honours degree in Australian History may seem irrelevant to her career path but the title of her honours thesis, The Child and the State: NSW child welfare legislation and policies, 1905 to 1939, is a clue to her abiding passion for social justice.

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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna Nation.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and respects the traditional owners, the family clans who are the Kaurna Nation from the Adelaide Plains region of South Australia. We acknowledge the clans of the Kaurna Nation and the sacred knowledge they hold for their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna Nation, their ancestors and the descendants of these living family clans today.