Professor Shane Hearn
Dr Tracy Westerman
Director, Indigenous Psychological Services
Dr Tracy Westerman is a trailblazer in Aboriginal mental health, having been named the 2018 Australian of the Year (WA); Inducted into the 2018 WA Women’s Hall of Fame and awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Curtin University amongst many other accolades. She holds a Post Grad Dip (Psychology), and was the first Aboriginal person in Australia to complete a combined Master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Despite having to undertake her university subjects mostly by distance education, she is a recognized leader in Aboriginal mental health, cultural competence and suicide prevention, achieving national and international recognition. Dr Westerman is a widely sought-after keynote speaker having delivered to 80+ national conferences and internationally in Canada (2003); the USA (2004), Auckland (2006 & 2007) and Wellington (2009). In 2005 the Canadian government sent a delegation to Australia to explore Dr Westerman’s work, resulting in recommendations that the same approaches be adopted for Canadian Aboriginal people (Nunuvut Taskforce, 2006). She was recognized by Canadian Health, 2009 for her substantial contribution to Aboriginal youth mental health & her work has been cited in numerous reports. She has developed seven unique psychometric tests enabling the identification of Aboriginal people at suicide and mental health risk. Having trained 25,000+ clinicians in these tools makes her arguably the most in-demand trainer in Australia. It also means these clinicians have been able to reach many thousands more Aboriginal people at risk. Her most notable awards include:
- WA Australian of the Year 2018 & Finalist in the Australian of the Year
- Curtin University Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
- Inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame 2018
- 40 under 40 Business Leaders Strategic Alliance Award (2009)
- Suicide Prevention Australia Award for Emerging Researcher (2006)
- NAIDOC National Scholar of the Year (2002)
- Mark Liveris Award, Curtin University, Health Sciences for best Presentation of PhD (2002)
CEO of the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
Johanna is the CEO of the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and has a solid corporate background including as a former CEO of ASX listed company, Skywest Airlines. She is experienced across a broad range of industries including Aboriginal Engagement, aviation, tourism, not-for-profits, small businesses and aid organisations.
This experience is backed by a Masters’ Degree in Business and Leadership and Post-Graduate qualifications in Applied Corporate Governance. Johanna is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and has served on several Boards and Advisory Councils. Johanna is passionate about equality and in particular, supporting initiatives that promote the well-being of Aboriginal Australians that serve to broker engagement, enhance relationships and grow the knowledge base amongst the wider Australian community.
Yolonda Adams is a Larrakia woman and psychologist originally from Darwin
Yolonda is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal psychologists who combines executive management roles with academic endeavour and publications. She is in the final stages of completing a PhD (expected completion January 2022) at Griffith University, in factors impacting the quality of life for Aboriginal people while incarcerated. Yolonda has extensive experience in senior management and in applied roles for the delivery and assessment of psychological services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in both forensic and general populations, including mental health. Yolonda works in front facing service delivery roles that rely on her capacity to integrate research with policy in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outcomes particularly in relation to ongoing generational trauma. In addition, Yolonda is a recipient of a nationally competitive Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians. The 2015 award was to research Native Counselling Services in Canada.
Professor Shane Hearn
Professor Shane Hearn is a respected and proud Noongar man, with a distinguished record ensuring First Nations people are centred, engaged and influential.
He brings extensive expertise across higher education and health, where his leadership across research, scholarship and management has delivered powerful positive outcomes for First Nations people.
He is a thought leader, accomplished speaker and published writer, whose insights on Aboriginal culture and engagement have shaped policy, strategy, campaigns, academic programs and the way organisations engage with our country and its people.
Throughout his career and presently he provides insight into the diversity of Indigenous cultures across Australia and directly engages with communities to build and maintain strong relationships. Over his decorated career, Professor Hearn has worked to successfully improve outcomes for First Nations people across the nation.
Professor Hearn has held leadership position for most of his career and was the University of Adelaide’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement (PVC IE). In that role over a period of 5 years, he led the development of no less that 8 strategies including Yangadlitya, the University’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, Yuringkarinthi, the first Indigenous Research Strategy and the University’s first Marketing and Communication Strategy.
During his tenure as PVC he improved the universities national ranking in academic outcomes by increasing the retention and success rates of First Nation students.
He has also led the design and the roll out of the Commonwealth Department of Health’s national ‘Live Longer campaign’, working in partnership with 36 Indigenous communities across the nation to prevent the onset of chronic disease.
Professor Hearn holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Applied Science –Community Health, from the Curtain University of Technology Western Australia.
His Perspective, is simple, more conversations about the world’s biggest challenges that lead to action and lasting change….