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Director, Institute of Koorie Education
Professor Wendy Brabham has a long involvement in Aboriginal Education, going back to 1979. In 1985, Wendy carried out a Review of the Victorian Pre-School Assistants Scheme. The recommendations from this review were fundamental in providing positive changes in the area of early childhood education for Koorie children.
Wendy has been involved in a number of research projects in Aboriginal Education including ‘We are proud of our Elders, A Koorie Education Resource For Early Childhood Educators’ for the Victorian Department of Human Services and The Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training, Youth Affairs and ‘Informing New Apprenticeships Through Studies of Indigenous Specific Training Projects’ for DETYA. ‘Analysis of the Impacts of the Changes to ABSTUDY on Indigenous Students’, and ‘The Impact of ABSTUDY 2000 on Mature Age Indigenous Tertiary Students’ for ATSIC, and more recently ‘Employment and Equal Opportunity for Indigenous Employees in the Victorian Public Sector’ for the Victorian Office of Public Employment.
Wendy has a long and extensive involvement in the area of Higher Education and is currently the Director of the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University in Geelong and has been employed at Deakin since 1988. Wendy has been involved in the development of the Institute’s Research Management Plan with Elders, Respected Persons and Chairs of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Professors Veronica Arbon and Mark Rose.
Wendy has also been involved in VAEAI in Specialist positions, and Office Bearer positions since 1986 and has served on other community boards and committees.