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About Judy Atkinson

Professor Judy Atkinson BA(Canb) PhD(QUT)
Judy was the former head of Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University. She is now retired.
Judy Atkinson's heritage derives from the Jiman people of the Upper Dawson in Central West Queensland, and the Bundjalung of Northern NSW. Judy has focused most of her community and academic life working in the field of violence, trauma and healing. At the professional level in this field she has followed the oral tradition through her presentations as an invited keynote speaker at numerous conferences, many of which have been published. Judy is currently on the committee for the NSW Child Death Review Team and the NSW Department of Community Services Research Committee. Prior to this Judy worked as the State Women's Coordinator for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in Queensland and undertaken a variety of consultancies for State and Federal Government, including the Office of the Status of Women attached to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before Judy joined the College in September 2001, she held the position of Program Leader and Aboriginal Research Facilitator with the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre at James Cook University.
Professor Judy Atkinson was recently awarded the 2006 Neville Bonner Teaching Excellence in Indigenous Education Award, from the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Judy said "While I am honoured, I dedicate this award to the staff and students at Gnibi because they represent who we are and what we do. It also belongs to the many, many Aboriginal people who have supported our work and vision over the years."
Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Canberra, majors in Professional Writing and Media Studies (UC) and Aboriginal Studies (ANU), and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology in the area of Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Aboriginal Australia. She has published widely in the areas of Indigenous Therapies, Health and Healing in Aboriginal Families and Communities, Transgenerational Trauma, Violence in Aboriginal Australia, and Gender Relations in Aboriginal Communities. Judy also has practical experience through leadership and involvement with programs and workshops for community healing and violence prevention.


Present Faculty Member, Southern Cross University Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples

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