Antonia Burke

Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice (University of Wollongong)

North Australia Director and Lead Facilitator

Antonia Burke is a Gurdanji (Borroloola) woman who grew up on the Tiwi Islands and Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Antonia has been a We Al-Li Lead Facilitator of national workshops and programs since 2017. 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.

Antonia has served on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Advisory group 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 provides educational programs on youth suicide prevention and healing work with diversionary programs in Youth Justice. She facilitates personal growth and awareness programs and works with organisations to encourage staffing self-care practices across the organisation to reduce burn out and vicarious trauma. She also delivered National Health Promotion programs to increase child health checks at the community level.

Antonia Lead Facilitated the National delivery of We Al-Li’s Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approach workshops with the fourteen National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services.

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.

Antonia provides healing and trauma response training to Sisters Inside Inc, an independent community organisation who advocates for the collective human rights of women and girls in prison, and their families, and provides services to address their individual needs. She also co-designed and lead facilitates the Yangah Young Womens Healing and Empowerment Programs.

  • Associate Faculty Member of Gestalt Therapy Australia.
  • Lecturer at Griffith University – School of Human Services and Social Work
  • Diploma of Indigenous Australian Earth Mindfulness Practice.
  • Certified running coach with Athletics Australia and coach of Deadly Runners, an initiative of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.
  • Stronger Smarter Leadership Program Alumni 2017 – Stronger Smarter Institute

Antonia has a clear focus on working to empower leaders to feel the full potential of their leadership capacity and to maintain their strength in the long term.