Emerging Leader 2014 - 2015
Rebecca Crawford is a Barkindji woman from North Western NSW who comes from a large family in the northwest region of the Darling River. She has previously worked in NSW in Aboriginal identified positions in the areas of land rights, education and child protection from 1991 to 2008.
Rebecca has been living in Melbourne for almost 7 years during which time has been a Senior Caseworker with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), co-ordinator of the Wadja Aboriginal Family Place at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and is currently an Aboriginal Community Development Worker with Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV).
During this time she really felt herself grow as a leader, as she managed four Aboriginal clinical workers in the hospital environment, tested the model of care that was developed for the service, and participated in a lengthy evaluation of the model of care with Onemda from the University of Melbourne.
Rebecca has become a strong advocate for Aboriginal children in the child protection and health system. She feels that it is important to support and guide Aboriginal families toward better outcomes and believes that building cultural awareness in non-Aboriginal people is a key factor towards ensuring that cultural safety is clearly demonstrated to Aboriginal people and they are empowered as much as possible.
She is the President of the Weenthunga Allied Health Network and has been an active member since 2010. Weenthunga is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and encourages the Aboriginal workforce in the health and allied health area. Activities include career days for school students, conducting forums relating to issues in Aboriginal health and support for the Aboriginal workforce in the hospital System.