I am a great admirer of Carlie’s work and her caring personality. Her outstanding career is well illustrated by her biography. Carlie, thank you for ‘joining up’. It’s an honour for Mike and I.
‘Dr Caroline Atkinson, of Jiman - Bundjalung heritage, previously lived in Papua New Guinea, undertaking community development work with a focus on trauma and violence. 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, Caroline headed a team at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Katherine, NT. She then completing her PhD focusing on Aboriginal male violence and its relationship to generational post-traumatic stress disorder, underpinned by a research framework that honours Indigenous knowledge, epistemology and philosophy.
While completing her PhD, Caroline formed Caroline Atkinson Consultancy Services, specialising in mixed-method research with a focus on violence and trauma issues from an Indigenous perspective.
Caroline has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer for 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.
She is currently focusing on curriculum development within We Al-li.
Caroline sat on the Research Advisory Committee for the National Healing Foundation and was also involved in a reference group embedding Indigenous content within Social Work degrees nationally.’