Dawn Freshwater

Professor, PhD Nott., BA (Hons) Man., FRCN, RN, RNT, DipPsych, GAICD

  • The University of Western Australia (M571), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Freshwater contributes to many national and international boards including as Chair and Director of Group of Eight (Go8), Vice-Chair, Partnership Board of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Board Director, Perth USAsia Centre, member NHMRC Women in Health Science (WiHS) Committee, member of Chief Executive Women Engagement Committee (CEW), Board Member of the UWA Public Policy Institute, and Board Director of Lifeline WA. She will also assume the role of Chair of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) in July. Professor Freshwater was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (UWA) from 2017-2020 and led the implementation of the 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan.

Professor Freshwater was awarded her PhD at the University of Nottingham and is a highly experienced and driven supporter of translational research and research-led teaching. Her contribution to the fields of Public Health (specifically Mental Health and Forensic Mental Health) and in researching Leadership practices won her the highest honour in her field - the Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.

As an academic, Professor Freshwater has a background in mental health and has contributed to almost 200 publications, including books/chapters, peer-reviewed papers, research reports, editorials as well as media contributions, and continues to provide supervision to two PhD students. Professor Freshwater is a strong advocate for values led and inclusive leadership, about which she has also written and researched extensively.


Professor Freshwater’s research has focused on two key themes; these being psychological therapies research and offender health research. She has also developed a multi-disciplinary clinical academic research centre in practice.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Education, BA (Honours), University of Nottingham

PhD, University of Nottingham

External positions

Expert Panel Member, Performance Based Funding CGS, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia)

2019 → …

Chair, Group of Eight Ltd


Vice-Chair, Group of Eight Ltd


Board Director, Lifeline WA

2018 → …

Women in Health Science Committee Member (WiHS) , NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council


Board Director, Perth Festival

2018 → …

Vice-Chair, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)


Governor, Forrest Research Foundation

2017 → …

Board Director, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research


Vice-Chair, Matariki Network of Universities


Director, Perth USAsia Centre

2017 → …

Board Director, Young Lives Matter Foundation

2017 → …

Vice-President, Australian Higher Education Industrial Association


Panel Chair, Institutional Research Review (IRRP) Ireland


Inspector, Office for Corrective Services, Perth WA

2015 → …

Chair, WUN Global Challenge Steering Group for Public Health and Understanding Cultures


Executive Board Member, Western Australian Health Translation Network


Professor of Mental Health, University of Leeds

2007 → …


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