Professor Bronwyn Fredericks
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks is an Aboriginal woman living in Central Queensland. She has spent over 30 years directly involved in organisations working to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially in regional and remote Australia. Professor Fredericks’ multidisciplinary research has a strong practice-based commitment to social justice and improving health, education and life outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
As the University of Queensland’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Fredericks is responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University in relation to Indigenous engagement. She is also leading the implementation of the University of Queensland’s first Reconciliation Action Plan and building strong links with the community.
Professor Fredericks is a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Advisory Committee and the Beyond Blue National Research Advisory Committee. She is a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) representative for Universities Australia and is a member of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) College of Experts. In recognition of her significant contribution to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, she received the Public Health Association of Australia’s inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Award in 2019.
Professor Fredericks is also a founding member of the Capricornia Arts Mob (CAM), a collective of Indigenous Australian artists, photographers, writers and poets based in Central Queensland. She is a prolific writer, producing many papers on health, education, women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.