Lukas Williams of Bundjalung Nation NSW was born and raised on the Tweed Heads River. Currently, Lukas lives in NSW where he works across Australia introducing trauma informed healing practices. Previously, he lived in Hermannsburg community in the Northern Territory, 200km west of Alice Springs working to address Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) needs for Aboriginal people, after a number of recent suicides had taken place.
Lukas holds not only the cultural knowledge that is needed for Indigenous healing to take place, but also holds a Master’s of Indigenous Health, degree of Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practices, double Diploma in Community Services/AOD and Cert IV in AOD. Additionally, Lukas is currently starting his PhD to explore how traditional practices respond to trauma and how social and emotional well-being improves in that process.
Lukas is no stranger to talk openly about his own healing challenges and stories that are filled with traumatic events. Lukas grandmother being part of the Stolen generation is what influenced the work he does today with Aboriginal people. He understands the barriers that hold Aboriginal people back from healing and tries to make an impact in many communities by helping people to feel safe to explore their trauma and adding meaning to people’s lives.
Lukas was the driving force behind the establishment of the Bundjalung Ballina Grandmothers Against Removals (BBGMAR). This group continues great work to keep Aboriginal children with their families. Also, he has been published in the Black Rising Magazine as a person that understands Aboriginal healing and what is needed to be done for people to feel safe to explore trauma. Moreover, Lukas has been acknowledged across Australia for assisting in creating safe places for Aboriginal men to talk about their trauma as well as implementing programs post suicide.
In 2018, Lukas was awarded medical services worker of the year, across the NT, for developing and implementing post suicide programs in remote communities.
Lukas is a current board member of Postvention Australia. He is known as the national Indigenous voice for Indigenous Australians and Chaired the 6th International Postvention Conference which was held in Sydney 2019.