Dawn Bessarab

Professor Dawn Bessarab is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) in the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Dawn is a Senior social worker with expertise in qualitative and Indigenous research methodologies and the development of research and clinical yarning an Indigenous form of conversation. Dawn was born in Broome and is descended from the Bard (West Kimberley) and Yindijibarndi (Pilbara) language groups. Dawn has considerable experience in Indigenous health and ageing across the life span, family and domestic violence, gender, and capacity building of Indigenous communities. Her work is positioned within a critical and cultural framework that acknowledges the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing and recognises the diversity of Aboriginal knowledge systems and world views across Australia.