College of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices Leadership Group

Carlie (Caroline) Atkinson (Convenor) is a Bundjalung and Yiman women and an accredited Social Worker with a PhD (Charles Darwin University, 2009). Associate Professor Atkinson is an international leader in complex and intergenerational trauma and strengths-based healing approaches in Indigenous Australia. She has focused her career on the interplay between trauma and violence in Aboriginal peoples in Australia, has developed extensive community and practice-based experience through her collaborative co-designed resource development work, and developed Australia’s first adapted, culturally sensitive, reliable and valid Aboriginal trauma assessment measure. She is the CEO of her family organisation, We Al-li, designing and coordinating delivery of Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approaches (CITIHA) training and resource development for organisations and communities across Australia focusing on systems transformation and implementation. Associate Professor Atkinson is regularly invited to participate in policy and other high-level meetings for government and non-government organisations including expect advisory positions. She is the convenor of PACFA’s College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP), Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and CI on the NHMRC funded Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future project, Project Lead for a PHN NT-funded AMSANT-led project developing and delivering workshops across the NT for the National Suicide Prevention Program, and leads We Al-li’s effort in partnership with Griffith University to embed CITIHA into the curriculum.

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (Deputy Convenor) is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing/recovery of Indigenous peoples from such trauma has won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlick Memorial Award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University program for refugee trauma. Her book ‘Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia’, provides context to the life stories of people who have been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people as they make connection with each other and share their stories of healing.

Gina O’Neil (she/her) is a descendant of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane (Aotearoa, NZ), Ireland and Germany, currently living and working on unceded Eora and Bundjalung lands in Australia. Gina is a PACFA-registered clinical psychotherapist, educator and supervising consultant (Master Gestalt Therapy, Grad Dip Couns., Cert. Ecotherapy and B App. Soc Sci). She has 20 years clinical experience supporting individuals, families and groups presenting with substance and process addictions, mental health, relationship issues and other trauma-related experiences. Gina has worked in private psychiatric clinical settings, NGOs and public health settings as a therapist and clinical manager and in the past 8 years as a supervisor, lecturer/trainer, clinical specialist in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation sector and is in private practice. She is currently a member of the PACFA College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP) and member of the PACFA research committee. She has completed studies in working with trauma, Indigenous models of care and recently ecotherapy. As Gina is a NZ Māori woman, her interest is in growing her Indigenous healing practice informed by Te Ao Māori in reciprocity with the natural world, and the intersection with gestalt psychotherapy to support connection and healing of the relationship with people and our environment.

Dr Graham Gee is originally from Darwin. His Aboriginal-Chinese grandfather was born near Belyuen, and his mother’s heritage is Celtic. Graham is a Senior Research Fellow and clinical psychologist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. From 2008-2018, he was employed as a psychologist at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. In 2019, Graham was awarded a National Health & Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. His research involves validating the Aboriginal Resilience and Recovery Questionnaire (Gee, 2016), improving models of mental health care, and investigating healing and recovery from complex trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the lifespan.


Scott Kratzmann B.Soc.Sci (QUT), Grad.Dip.Couns (ACAP) is a clinical member of PACFA. Currently a professional counsellor of nine years experience with a nationally located not for profit NGO, Scott had previous significant experience in youth work, youth detention and child protection settings. Scott has a special interest in working with children, young people and parents and with enthusiasm for safe intact families. Scott has personal experience and a developed understanding of contemporary and historical Indigenous issues.”



Dr Kate Briggs is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling services and consulted widely in the field of social welfare. Kate has been a lecturer in psychology, womens’ studies, and counselling & psychotherapy since 2003 and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by ACAP in 2010. Her research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs clinical work. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child, A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice. Kate is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.


Dr Gavin Morris has two decades of teaching experience in schools around Australia and currently lecturers in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the College of Education at Charles Darwin University. Gavin’s experience and interests relate to Indigenous research and he has developed significant relationships with many Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland), a Master of Education from the University of Sydney (Sydney, New South Wales) and a PhD from Charles Darwin University (Darwin, Northern Territory).




Bianca Stawiarski is a strong Badimaya (Badimia) and Ukrainian woman, committed to driving community change in the mental health and wellbeing space on a global scale. Although living in South Australia, she treasures times when she can return to Badimaya (Badimia) Country with her adult children and reconnect. Her Supply Nation Indigenous certified and Social Traders social enterprise certified company, Warida Wholistic Wellness, takes its vision of holistic wellbeing from warida (wedge-tailed eagle in Badimaya / Badimia). Bringing a balance between western clinical qualifications and her Indigenous spiritual side, Bianca offers decolonised approaches to trauma-informed counselling, transformational coaching, equine assisted psychotherapy, bush therapy, and horse archery as tools for healing – delivered across Australia and internationally. Her training consultancy service focuses on delivering quality training in the wellbeing and therapeutic healing space. She also offers local and international wellbeing retreats, plus delivers online transformational coaching courses to clients around Australia, UK, Brazil and the US – soon to be expanded to all parts of the world. With the World Health Organisation classifying burn out as a global concern, Bianca is endeavouring to raise the importance of self-care within the business and social enterprise sectors; and also volunteers and is contracted to mentor and coach Indigenous businesses and equine assisted businesses in the start-up phase. 

Bianca Field My name is Bianca Field and I am a proud Kamilaroi woman. I am married and a mum of 4 children and a son who was stillborn. I graduated from Pathways Psychology Institute in 2019 after 2 years of core training in Process Psychotherapy (equivalent to Grad Dip) – I am a provisional registrant with PACFA and I am keen to pursue further learning in trauma particularly inter generational trauma, and continue to deepen my Process work knowledge. Having worked in Aboriginal employment, higher education and now the health industry for the last 9 years I am particularly interested in providing counselling services to Medical professionals, health care workers, healers, students and to the Indigenous community.  I also currently mentor and support Aboriginal students studying process work.

Danielle Dyall (Critical Friend) is a proud Minjungbal woman from Tweed Heads and a mother of two beautiful boys.  Danielle is over half way to completing a masters of public health at Charles Darwin University and has been awarded a Bachelor degree in (Trauma and Healing) Indigenous Studies and a graduate diploma in public health.   Danielle has spent many years working closely with her community within a variety of projects and roles. Danielle is committed to working within systemic and holistic paradigms to enhance outcomes in health and wellbeing for all people. Danielle moved to the Northern Territory in 2016 manages the culturally responsive trauma informed care program as well as providing leadership support and guidance to all of the SEWB staff within Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT).   


Rayleen Councillor (Critical Friend) (M.IndKn,B.Appsci,DipCoun,DipINT) is a Karrajarri, Naaguja Woman with connections to the Wajarri,Binjareb and the Wongatha peoples. Rayleen has individually experienced physical, emotional and spiritual hardships and using these life experiences, coupled with formal education, she has developed a strong commitment to contributing to the healing of others. Rayleen has worked in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health space for many years and brings her life skills and Cultural Knowledge in ways of practicing & being in the space of healing.



Miranda Leon-Madgwick (Critical Friend) My name is Miranda Leon-Madgwick, I am a Worimi, Biripi & Duunghutti woman who is currently working on Wurundjeri land as an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker and I am one of the founders of Oonah Health & Community Services Aboriginal Corporation in which I work now. I was part of the stolen generation and have dedicated my life to learning all about me, my mob and my community. By doing this inner work on myself, I am able to give to my community members the supports they need in their day to day lives. For the past 25 years, I have worked in educate and support our Aboriginal & TSI people in the Eastern region of Melbourne. My aim has always been to improve the wellbeing of our community members with a cultural lens in applying my knowledge in cultural therapeutic practices that are empowering and respectful in every way. I am currently studying at the Pathways Psychology Institute, doing my Graduate Diploma in Trauma informed process work/psychotherapy.

I have other qualifications:

  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy-
  • Diploma in Business Governance
  • Diploma in Aboriginal & TSI Law Advocace
  • Diploma in Wayapa
  • Certificate four in Business Governance
  • Certificate four in Community Development
  • Certificate four in Youth Work
  • Certificate four in Training & Assessment
  • Aboriginal Narrative Practice Course – Dulwich Centre

Richard Scott (Critical Friend)

Anne Jenkins (Critical Friend)