Carol Dowling is a Badimaya/Yamatji woman whose family comes from Coodingnow & Wydgee Stations in the Central West of Western Australia.
She is the long serving Chairperson of Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation and former Chair of Noongar Radio 100.9FM in Perth. Carol is also an award winning radio documentary producer.
Carol holds a Masters in Indigenous Research and Development from Curtin University and her doctoral thesis in Social Sciences is currently being examined. Her research focuses on the impact of colonialisation upon five generations of women in her family
Her twin sister is Julie Dowling, one of Australians prominent portrait painters.
Carol is a long-term foster mother with three sons – two school aged and a baby under 12 months. In 2011/12, Carol completed a major documentary series for the federal health department on Aboriginal child ear health in her community. Her series is a two time finalist in the National Community Broadcasting Association of Australia awards and winner of this award in 2013. The documentary series highlights the lived experience of Aboriginal families in Noongar country (south west of Western Australia) who live with the impact of Otitis Media in the lives of their children while promoting its prevention and treatment to Aboriginal audiences in Western Australia. Carol won the Australian Human Rights Commission award for radio for this series in 2013.