In 2008 I was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize for the most meritorious Psychology student across James Cook University Cairns and Townsville Campus. I was offered a scholarship to undertake a PhD which I completed in 2017. My PhD was on the neuroscience of emotion. This topic took me on an extraordinary journey including two episodes of Psychosis.
I taught Psychology for several years at James Cook University Cairns Campus: Introduction to Psychology I and II, Sensation and Perception, Memory and Cognition, Psychopathology, and Theoretical Foundations of Modern Psychology. I teach students any genuine education leads to humility, compassion and purposeful action. Students are also my teachers.
I have co-developed and co-facilitated psychosocial intervention programs for mental health, dual diagnosis and family domestic violence. I have spoken at many high schools across Far North Queensland under the Living Proof program with the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland to inspire recovery. I have volunteered at Lifeline for individuals at risk of suicide.
I currently work at Apunipima Cape York Health Council as a Psychologist for First Nations Australians in Cape York communities. I support children, adults and families who experience intergenerational trauma. My education and experience all point to the need for a Trauma Informed Australia if we intend to embrace life fully.
In October 2020 I joined Twitter to share my expertise for human rights and social change. From there I was asked to be the Psychologist for over 35 Indigenous Health experts at the 2021 Closing the Cap on Indigenous Health Conference. I was also asked to be on an expert panel to help select the best organisation for a new Adult Mental Health Service.
I was also invited to be interviewed on Brainwaves 3CR Community Radio to share my lived experience of Psychosis to inspire recovery. Brainwaves invited me back for a series on my vision for a Trauma Informed Australia: You and I breaking the cycle of injustice and trauma by turning Trauma Informed Care into a mindset for personal, social and political change. You can listen to my first interview here:
Human rights are a prerequisite to wellbeing. I would like the Australian Government to implement all recommendations from the 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report: Australia and partner with Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma for a Trauma Informed Australia. You can add your name to this call if you are an Australian:
It is time for a Trauma Informed Australia.
For First Nations Australians.
For Tharnicaa, Kopika, Priya, Nades and every person seeking asylum.
For you and I, lost or found, in between.
Dr Louise Hansen
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist
#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #WeAllBelong
Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology (2017)
Bachelor of Psychology, 1st Class Honours (2008)
Bachelor of Education-Bachelor of Psychology (2007)
Filipino Martial Arts – Gold Champion at the Kali 3D International Training Camp in Batangas Philippines (2017, 2019)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Quadruple Gold Champion at the Queensland State Championships (2017)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Double Gold Champion at the North Queensland Championships (2016, 2017)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Double Gold Champion at the Far North Queensland Championships (2016)
Australian Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake a PhD in Psychology at James Cook University Cairns Campus (2009)
Australian Psychological Society Award for Cairns and Townsville Jame Cook University Campus (2008)
Indigenous Mental Health First Aid (2021)
Dr Janina Fisher – Transforming Trauma Related Stuckness (2019)
Inner Engineering with Sadhguru – Meditation, Postures, Breathing (2019)
Isha Yogasanas with Sadhguru – Meditation, Posture, and Breathing (2019)
ATODS – How to work with clients who misuse Alcohol and Other Drugs (2018)
Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma: Level 1- Trauma Informed Care for Domestic and Family Violence (2018)
Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma: Level 2 – Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (2018)
MAYBO – Conflict Management & Resolution (2018)
ASK Disability Support Training – St John’s Community Care (2017)
Dr Greta Holloway – Child and Family Assessment and Intervention Training (2015)
Lifeline Telephone Crisis Support Course (2015)
Assist Suicide Intervention Training (2015)
Mental Health First Aid (2015)
Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo
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