Jeffrey John "Jeff" McMullen AM, is an Australian journalist. He was a foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for almost two decades (1966–1984), a reporter for the investigative television program Four Corners and later joined the Australian version of 60 Minutes (1984–2000). In 2007 he hosted a 33-part discussion series on ABC1 titled Difference of Opinion.
McMullen graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts. Throughout his professional life McMullen has written, filmed and campaigned around the world to improve the health, education and human rights of Indigenous people.
He is the Honorary CEO of Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth, developing early learning programs and the Literacy Backpack project in 22 remote Australian Aboriginal communities over the past decade.
As a Director of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), McMullen has helped grow this highly successful education movement connecting university undergraduates as mentors for Aboriginal high-school students in urban areas. McMullen is also a Director of Engineering Aid Australia, a philanthropic organisation whose primary initiative is the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS)operating in New South Wales and also in Western Australia at Curtin University, which aims to build opportunities for Aboriginal high school students to pursue tertiary studies and subsequently careers in engineering.
As a Trustee of the Jimmy Little Foundation, McMullen also works with Aboriginal doctors and medical services to improve dialysis and introduce the nutrition program, "Uncle Jimmy’s Thumbs Up", aimed at reduction and prevention of the epidemic of chronic illness.
He has chaired the council meetings of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and joined their advocacy in Federal Parliament. At the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit Jeff McMullen was among the 100 people focussed on ‘Closing the Gaps’ in Indigenous life expectancy and improving the well being of all Aboriginal communities.
In 2001, he released his biography A Life of Extremes – Journeys and Encounters. It examines ideas gleaned from some of the world’s bravest individuals contributing to a brighter future for the human family.
He directed the $10,000 award into the Literacy Backpacks in the Jawoyn communities to enhance this early learning project.
In 2006 McMullen was appointed a Member of the 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.
He has been awarded three honorary degrees, a Doctorate of Journalism from Central Queensland University a Doctorate of Letters from Newcastle University and a Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University.
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