• The University of Western Australia (M500), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Dawn Bessarab is the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at University of Western Australia and principle investigator on the Good Spirit Good Life Centre for Research Excellence in Indigenous Ageing. Professor Bessarab is a proud Bard/ Yindijibarndi woman with a social work background. She is a highly regarded and sought-after leader in Indigenous methodologies and participatory action research. Professor Bessarab developed the framework on clinical yarning as an Indigenous conversation which is now widely applied across the Australian and International communities. She has championed Indigenous and non- Indigenous researchers to build their capacity to deliver high impact research. CI Bessarab is the current principal lead for the Good Spirit Good Life Centre for Excellence (CRE) in Indigenous wellbeing and Ageing and CIB on a CRE on Indigenous brain health and dementia.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, PhD, Curtin University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2027

Social Work, BSW, Curtin University

Award Date: 3 Dec 1996

Research expertise keywords

  • Qualitative research, narrative, action research
  • Aboriginal research, methodologies, process, yarning, meaning making
  • Application of Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Aboriginal health, holistic, psycho social approaches
  • Parenting, children, families
  • Gender
  • Social work
  • Curriculum development
  • Program development
  • Indigenous evaluation, assesment and training
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges


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