Prof Pat Dudgeon
Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley area in Western Australia.
She is a psychologist and research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of research includes Indigenous mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention.
She is a member of the executive board of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association; the Co-chair of the national ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health.
She is currently the project leader of the National Empowerment Project, an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven Aboriginal communities across the country. She is also project leader of an Office for Learning and Teaching initiative increasing cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education, and is the project lead for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP).
She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people. She was recognised for her work with Deadly Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2013.
Indigenous culture has for a long time had a holistic understanding of mental health. Within this are concepts of the cultural importance of the connection between the mind and body as well as the land, ancestors and other spiritual connections.
Prof Pat Dudgeon
Mental Health Commissioner
Pat presenting at the Roundtable discussions last year.