Professor Pat Dudgeon
Professor Pat Dudgeon is a Professor and Research Fellow in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (WA) and Mental Health Commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission. Pat is a descendant of the Bardi people from the Kimberley area in WA.
Previously, Pat was the Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University in WA, providing culturally appropriate education, for an employment period of 19 years. Alongside her other roles, Pat is also the Project Leader of the National Empowerment Project, an Indigenous suicide prevention project that works with eleven Aboriginal communities across Australia to promote cultural, social and emotional wellbeing. She also leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project evaluating the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention programs and services.
Pat holds memberships with a range of organisations, including:
- Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association
- Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health
- Co-chair of the Ministerial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.
Pat’s research interests include, mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, trauma and loss and grief. Pat is a strong advocate for the social justice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has had a longstanding presence in psychology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues for many years.
Pat has achieved numerous accolades, including:
- First Aboriginal psychologist to graduate in Australia
- First Aboriginal psychologist to be made as a Fellow in the Australian Psychological Society
- First convenor of the Australian Psychological Society Interest Group: Aboriginal issues, Aboriginal people and Psychology
- Recipient of the Deadly Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2013.