Associate Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Melbourne, Vic
Shawana is a Palawa Trawlwoolway woman, social worker and public health researcher with 20 years’ experience working in Aboriginal health across the health and higher education sectors, in both clinical and academic roles. Her current research interests include Indigenous health, Aboriginal women’s experiences of family violence and cultural revitalisation.
Shawana is currently working with the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence and the “Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future” study, which is co-designing perinatal strategies for Aboriginal parents experiencing complex trauma. Shawana is also undertaking a PhD, titled “Cloaked in Strength—An exploration of Aboriginal mothers’ experiences of family violence and the role of cultural practice as a tool of engagement, resilience and resistance”.