Following an early career in government and community services, I completed a Communications and Media degree and was awarded the University of Canberra Medal in 2013 for my Honours thesis, studying the push/pull indicators of Indigenous political engagement. I then completed a PhD at The University of Canberra focusing on Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia, and held a Post-Doctoral position with The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Melbourne, which involved the facilitation of a leadership program with Kings College, London, research collection and data dissemination regarding Indigenous health. My multi-disciplinary work involves Indigenous women, media representation, Indigenous research, leadership and diversity. I currently hold multiple roles with The Australian Catholic University in curriculum development/Academic advisory and building an Indigenous HDR strategy. I also work as part of Croakey Health Media writing stories relating to health and social equity and hosting their various events on Twitter, and former President of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.
· Affect change of how Black Australia is seen
· Bring genuine recognition and acknowledgement to the legitimacy of Black women – their strength, knowledge, power and leadership
· Shift models from deficit and disadvantage towards strength, self determination and success and achievement based on what individuals want
· Push the concept of activation so that Australia can see the inherent power of knowledge and solutions Black people can bring
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