Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth. She studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at Princess Margaret Hospital for children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry.
At present Helen works as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Department of Health's Statewide Aboriginal Mental Health Service, situated at Graylands Hospital, Perth; and is Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia.
Helen has been on State, National and College policy committees, Reference and Advisory groups. Helen is a Past President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), current member of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and the NHMRC Australian Human Ethics Committee, and is a board member of Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health initiative, the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the Western Australian Indigenous Implementation Board.