Trauma Informed Care Officer and Lead Facilitator
Antonia Burke is a Tiwi – Yanyuwa woman from the Northern Territory, growing up in remote communities. She has a strong commitment to and connection with cultural protocols when travelling to diverse Aboriginal communities across Australia. She has extensive experience at working at all levels, from the Premier’s Advisory Committee, and at community level engagement. She has served on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Advisory group with Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, as Chair, providing advice on outreach and community engagement, working to create and implement long term sustainable programs, more particularly for families and women residing in rural and remote regions.
Antonia provided educational programs on youth suicide prevention in South East Queensland, as well as providing advice on healing work with diversionary programs in Youth Justice. She has facilitated personal growth and awareness, which influenced her to work with organisations to encourage staffing self-care practices across the organisation. She also delivered National Health Promotion programs, at the community level. Her interest in the use of Indigenous Cultural Practices, which is at the foundation of all her work, has influenced her community activities, as well as the delivery of speaking engagements in schools around Valuing Culture.
Antonia has strong Corporate, Finance, Research, Development and Data Analysis skills, with experience within both the government and private sectors, and is an Associate of the Faculty of Gestalt Therapy Australia. Antonia is an accredited Wayapa Practitioner, an earth mindfulness practice based on ancient Indigenous knowledge and wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for healing ourselves.
At this time in her life, she has a clear focus on working to empower leaders to feel the full potential of their leadership capacity and to maintain the strength of this potential in the long term. Antonia is also a Deadly Runners coach which is a program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.
Antonia has been mentored and trained to facilitate all of the workshops within We Al-li Programs.