Michael is a Yuat Nyoongar man from the Moora and New Norcia area of Western Australia, north of Perth. He has worked as a hospital-based social worker and as a mental health service manager. In 2010, Dr Wright graduated with a PhD that investigated issues of access to services by Aboriginal families whose lives are affected by mental illness. Michael holds a Fellowship position at Curtin University in the Division of Health Sciences and is based at the Curtin University National Drug Research Institute.
Dr Wright has held an extensive and varied array of positions throughout his career, including Aboriginal health and mental health and education. He has worked in partnership with Nyoongar (Aboriginal) families, mental health and drug and alcohol service providers, Ruah Community Services, The Mental Health Commission, Curtin University and the Telethon Kids Institute.