Later, with her experience working with the late Professor Fred Hollows on the National Trachoma Eye Health Program around Australia, Jilpia obtained a Churchill Trust Scholarship to study and work at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
In 1995, Jilpia received the Member of the Order of Australia for her work in birthing choices and eye work. In 2003, Jilpia graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in Political Science and History.
Jilpia was also on the ACT Sentencing Board and saw her role as being a strong social activist advocating for the rights and social justice of Aboriginal people.
In 2007, Jilpia was recognised by her people as a Traditional Owner to her country by her Birthright.