Pat is a psychologist and research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of research includes Indigenous mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention.
Pat is a member of the executive board of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association; the Co-chair of the national ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health.
Pat is currently the project leader of the National Empowerment Project, an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eight Aboriginal communities across the country.
Pat is also project leader of an Office for Learning and Teaching initiative increasing cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education, and is the project lead for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP).
Pat is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people. She was recognised for her work with Deadly Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2013.