Dr Caroline Atkinson
Carlie is of Jiman – Bundjalung heritage, previously lived in Papua New Guinea, undertaking community development work with a focus on trauma, violence, loss and grief. Her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of South Australia achieved first class honours, with a thesis focusing on the alternative dimensions of violence against Aboriginal women. She then completed a placement in Tamil Nadu, India, researching the specific issues and needs of adolescent girls. Following this she headed a team at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Katherine, NT, before completing her PhD focusing on Aboriginal male violence and its relationship to generational post-traumatic stress disorder.
While completing her PhD, Carlie formed Caroline Atkinson Consultancy Services, specialising in trauma informed and trauma specific mixed-method research and curriculum development with a focus on violence, trauma, loss and grief issues. Carlie has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University as the Course Co-ordinator of the Master of Indigenous Studies (Wellbeing) and the Diploma of Community Recovery as well as focusing on curriculum development of trauma informed and trauma specific units. Presently Carlie is the CEO of an Indigenous Organisation called We Al-li, which provides culturally informed trauma integrated healing and trauma specific programs and activities throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.