UQ's PVC (Indigenous Engagement) recognised in national NAIDOC 2022 Awards

4 July 2022

As recipient of this year’s NAIDOC Education Award, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks has been recognised for decades of work to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) for The University of Queensland acknowledged and dedicated her award to all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who work for better education and systemic and structural change across all sectors.

“It’s your words and those of others who’ve been working in education and with communities for decades that lifts me up and encourages me to be better and do better,” she said.

Professor Fredericks could not attend the glittering awards ceremony in Melbourne on Saturday evening (2 July) as she is recovering from the flu. However, her UQ colleague Professor Anita Heiss AM presented the award and pledged to bring home the trophy.

NAIDOC 2022 awards were also presented to Ash Barty, Uncle Stan Grant Sr, Uncle Jack Charles, Aunty Lois Peeler, Buddy Franklin, Elijah Manis, Lowell Hunter, Walter Jackson, and the Koori Mail and volunteers.

Professor Fredericks thanked her partner, family, friends, colleagues and community members for their love, care, support and encouragement.

“I acknowledge all the nominees in the Education category and the winners and nominees across all categories. I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you all in person. I am with you all in spirit and look forward to seeing some of you soon.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks 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.

Her multidisciplinary research has a strong practice-based commitment to social justice and improving health, education and life outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

As UQ’s PVC (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 UQ’s next 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 Board Member of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS). She is a prolific writer, producing many papers on health, education, women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.