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Professor Pat Dudgeon has been honoured with the Deadly Award for Health at the 19th annual Deadly Awards.
Professor Dudgeon from the Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia, was honoured with the award for her service and dedication to improving mental health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. She was the first Indigenous psychologist to graduate in Australia and is known for her passionate work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention, as well as trauma, loss, and grief. Professor Dudgeon has never lost sight of the need for mental health initiatives and solutions that are driven from the ground up, and to empower her people to create a better future.
Professor Dudgeon's experience includes being the inaugural Chairperson of the Indigenous Psychologist's Association and Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University for 19 years. She is currently involved in many organisations, including being a highly valued member of the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Reference Group at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
Professor Dudgeon's current work as a Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia, involves working with the National empowerment project - a universal strategy to promote social and emotional wellbeing and reduce community distress and suicide in Indigenous communities.
Source: NACCHO communiqué
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