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Dr Wendy Hermeston

Biography

Wendy is a researcher and advocate working to protect the safety, rights and well-being of First Nations children, parents and families, especially those involved in child welfare systems.

Wendy has a long history working in legal and health and wellbeing-related research, policy and practice, in Aboriginal community controlled organisations in the care and health sectors, and in university settings. Wendy also has expertise in the inter-generational impact of the past child welfare laws and practices known as the Stolen Generations.

An Aboriginal woman of Wiradjuri descent and Indigenous Research Fellow at Swinburne University's National Centre for Reconciliation Practice, Wendy completed her PhD thesis, 'Safe, Protected, Connected? The Best Interests of Aboriginal Children and Permanency Planning in the NSW Care and Protection System' at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Faculty of Law in 2021.

The research draws out Aboriginal community member perspectives on core legal and social notions applied in the NSW care jurisdiction, that directly relate to legal decision-making about Aboriginal children and young people, including 'the best interests of the child' and related critical constructs in permanency planning-related approaches, such as permanence and attachment.

Research interests include legal issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in particular children, parents and extended families involved in care-related matters, and Aboriginal community members' access to justice in the legal system.

Wendy is interested in reconciliation movements, as well as reconciliation practice in the care jurisdiction. In particular, Wendy is interested in the potential for reconciliation practice to positively impact care and protection legislative reform, policy and practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in contact with care and protection systems.

Publications

Also published as: Hermeston, Wendy; Hermeston, W.; Hermeston, W. A.; Hermeston, Wendy A.
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