The Board

 

Tracy Westerman

Tracy Westerman

Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon Bonson

Johanna Ramsay

Johanna Ramsay

Mandy Gadsdon

Mandy Gadsdon

Lynette Upton

Lynette Upton

Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman

Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman

Director, Indigenous Psychological Services

Adjunct Professor 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. A/Prof 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 A/Prof 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 & has been cited in numerous reports citing her work. 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)
Dameyon Bonson

Dameyon Bonson

Suicide Prevention (GradCert) 2nd Year Master of Suicidology

Dameyon Bonson is of the Mangyari (NT) and Maubiag peoples of the Torres Strait. He is a gay male and is recognised as Indigenous suicide prevention subject matter expert, specifically in Indigenous LGBQTI+ suicide prevention. Dameyon has extensive experience working in and with remote Indigenous communities in suicide prevention and is the founder of Black Rainbow, Australia’s first and only national Indigenous LGBQTI suicide prevention charity organisation. He holds a post graduate qualification in Suicide Prevention studies and is currently undertaking a Master of Suicidology. Dameyon’s work has been the catalyst for three Indigenous LGBQTI+ suicide prevention research studies underway in Australia and he currently leads a co-design project with Indigenous LGBQTI+ young people in the NT, that aims to create safer homes and communities. Dameyon lives and works for himself in his hometown of Darwin in the Northern Territory (NT).

Johanna Ramsay

Johanna Ramsay

CEO of the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal

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.

Mandy Gadsdon

Mandy Gadsdon

Director, Collective Connections & Solutions

A an Aboriginal woman (Yawuru), Mandy has extensive experience working with Aboriginal people, communities and the Aboriginal community controlled sector as well as not for profit and government organisations across the human services sector.  Mandy is known for her skilled and consultative approach when working in culturally diverse workplaces and has strong leadership, management and people development skills, with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in complex environments.  Having worked for close to 25 years across a range of communities, organisations, executive groups and boards she is skilled in strategic planning, workplace negotiation, stakeholder, and organisational leadership development.  

Mandy holds a Graduate Diploma of Human Resources, Graduate Certificate in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English and Comparative Literature, and a Diploma of Business (Governance).  She is also a Nationally Accredited Workplace Trainer with Human Synergistics Australia in the Life Styles Inventory 1 and 2 and the Group Styles Inventory.

Lynette Upton

Lynette Upton

Lynette is a Nyamal woman from the Pilbara region.
She has an extensive 34 year career in the mining industry, where she has held a number of leadership roles developing strategies that have contributed to the increased participation and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples. This involved identifying, challenging and modifying mainstream systems, polices and processes that were preventing ATSI people from securing employment within the mining industry.

She held a key role in the introduction of a number of regional FIFO programs implemented specifically for ATSI people only.

She has also modelled and lead pre-employment and training programs that enabled inexperience ATSI people to transition into the mining industry at their own pace.