Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon

BAppSc. GDip(Psych) PhD (Murdoch University) FAPS.

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. Professor Dudgeon is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Professor Dudgeon is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a former Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (completed 5 year term July 2017), deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health, co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and member of NHMRC Mental Health Research Advisory Committee.


Professor Dudgeon is the executive director of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention.

Research areas:
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Target groups (CALD, LGBTI, Rural/remote, Lived experience)
  • Mental health, mental ill health
Available for:
  • Research opportunities
  • Funding
  • Innovative approaches to suicide prevention
Pat Dudgeon
Professor Pat Dudgeon

Primary Research Focus:
Suicide Prevention

Works with:
Poche Centre for Indigenous Health/School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia

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