Kim Doohan was born in Western Australia and has travelled widely in Australia, Africa, Asia and Canada.In 1974, she drove from Perth to Darwin before the roads were fully sealed. After living next to the pub in Fitzroy Crossing for a couple of weeks and meeting the locals, Kim decided to study anthropology.
Whilst an undergraduate, Kim worked for the Fred Hollows Foundation trachoma project, which brought her into contact with Aboriginal people in remote communities and reinforced her interest in working with them.
In 1982, Kim went to live in Warmun Aboriginal community, near Turkey Creek in the Kimberley, where she undertook her MA preliminary studies.
Kim, who lives in Albany in Western Australia, is now an independent consultant anthropologist, and has worked in remote communities for over 25 years. She specialises in Native Title claims and assists in negotiating agreements between resource companies and Traditional Owners (TOs).
Kim wrote her award-winning Ph.D. thesis on relationships between Aborigines and Miners at Argyle Diamond Mine. Her examiners advised her to rework her thesis for publication as a book. Making Things Come Good is that book.