Danielle is an Aboriginal health educator, project manager and Barunggam woman. Danielle has over ten years’ experience across a variety of facets within education including student engagement and program development to support access to education pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Her current role with the University of Technology Sydney, as a Teaching Fellow in Indigenous Health with the Graduate School of Health, sees her responsible for advocating for Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being by embedding Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum and engaging in meaningful relationships with communities and stakeholders. In her previous role at Western Sydney University, as Project Officer with the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership Danielle was responsible for contributing to the planning, development, implementation and provision of support for the Badanami Tertiary Entry Pathway Program.
Danielle developed and delivered a workshop as a part of the Western Sydney University Education Knowledge Network (EKN), offering a wide range of high quality professional learning opportunities to assist teachers in adapting to the challenges they face in improving student learning, engagement, and wellbeing. The Workshop, 'Respect, recognition and reconciliation - Improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pedagogy' aims to increase knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and impact in the classroom.
Another program Danielle developed and implemented was the Walking Tall Together program encompassing school holiday camps and a parenting program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families. The success of this program is still evident today with past participants (and parents/carers) continually seeking further camps to take place.
Danielle also consults to an Aboriginal Artist and various organisations in cultural education and strategies for implementation of Reconciliation Action Plan items and other community engagement opportunities.
Danielle is a proud Barrunggam Women from the Condamine River area in Queensland. Her Great-grandfather was a member of the Stolen Generation. Danielle has lived on Darug land from birth, and has been involved with the Darug community.