Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley, WA.
She was the first Aboriginal psychologist to graduate in Australia and has made outstanding contributions to Indigenous psychology and higher education. The inaugural Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists’ Association, she was also a commissioner with the Australian National Mental Health Commission and is a research professor at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia.
She also works in the NHMRC Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing research project.
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