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Koya values the social capital of our community and know that their knowledge systems, languages, cultural practices, kinship and governance structures, support the transfer of knowledge in all areas of life, the development of life skills, and contribute to better life outcomes.

Western Australia's Local Hero 2019 Logo

Koya values the social capital of our community and know that their knowledge systems, languages, cultural practices, kinship and governance structures, support the transfer of knowledge in all areas of life, the development of life skills, and contribute to better life outcomes.

Western Australia's Local Hero 2019 Logo

Prof Cheryl Kickett-Tucker​

Director of Research and Community Development

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is an Aboriginal Western Australian who is a Wadjuk traditional owner. She has traditional ties to her grandparents’ Balladong and Yued country. Cheryl was born in Subiaco, Western Australia and has lived most of her life in Perth.  She is a dedicated wife (23 years) and mother of three children.  Cheryl was educated in both Australia and the United States of America.

Prof Cheryl
Kickett-Tucker​

Director of Research and Community Development

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is an Aboriginal Western Australian who is a Wadjuk traditional owner. She has traditional ties to her grandparents’ Balladong and Yued country.  Cheryl was born in Subiaco, Western Australia and has lived most of her life in Perth.  She is a dedicated wife (23 years) and mother of three children.  Cheryl was educated in both Australia and the United States of America.

Koya values the social capital of our community and know that their knowledge systems, languages, cultural practices, kinship and governance structures, support the transfer of knowledge in all areas of life, the development of life skills, and contribute to better life outcomes.

Tertiary Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
(2000 - Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley, WA)
Thesis titled, “Urban Aboriginal Children in Sport: Experiences, Perceptions and Sense of Self”.

Master of Science
(1993 - University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, USA)
Major: Social Psychology of Sport
Minor: Motor Development, Learning and Control

Bachelor of Applied Science
(1991 - Edith Cowan University, Churchlands, WA)
Major: Sport Science
Minor: Recreation Management

Associate Diploma of Applied Science
(1989 Western Australian College of Advanced Education, Churchlands, WA).
Major: Sport Science
Minor: Recreation Management

Current Positions Held

Executive Director
Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing

Professor, Indigenous Research Leadership
Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University

Adjunct Professor
School of Medicine, Notre Dame University

Adjunct Associate Professor
Centre for Child Health Research,The University of Western Australia

Honorary Research Fellow
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Honorary Consultant
Indigenous Health InfoNet

Career History

In 2000, Cheryl completed her PhD which explored the sense of self, identity and self-esteem of urban Aboriginal children in the school sport setting. Cheryl developed a series of 5 culturally appropriate instruments for racial identity and self-esteem across the lifespan. Other research projects included Aboriginal youth social inclusion; indicators of success, resilience and wellbeing; Aboriginal perinatal mental health, cultural security and audit of health services for Aboriginal families, outdoor education (Bush School) as a form of culturally secure Aboriginal education.

In 2008, Cheryl founded Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd- Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and has expanded it from one person to over 15 people working on various projects covering education and health related topics.

Cheryl’s research strength has been the translation of her research to Aboriginal community development programs. She has instrumental and lead in the development of the Too Solid Aboriginal parenting program; Moorditj Koorlong, an Aboriginal youth cultural, education and life skills program; Solid Kids Solid School anti-bullying program and an Aboriginal perinatal mental health program (in development). More recently, she has developed and is the founding Director of Kaat, Koort and Hoops, a basketball lifestyle program for 4-16 year old children who have potential but limited opportunities to enhance their wellbeing.

Cheryl’s commitment to community development is important to her and she currently is a voluntary member of the Board of Directors of Koya Aboriginal Corporation, a local not for profit Aboriginal controlled and owned community organisation in Midland, WA.

Dr Kickett-Tucker was awarded a PhD from Edith Cowan University, Perth and a Master of Science (University of Oregon, USA), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth) and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth).

She has also received numerous awards including National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2001, WA NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2001, WA NAIDOC Sportswoman of the Year in 1992, Black Women’s Action Group In Education Foundation (now Roberta Sykes Foundation) Scholarship 1992 and the Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA in both 1992 and 1995.

Cheryl has also competed in elite level sports as a member of the Australia National Women’s Basketball League and the Western Australian State Basketball League as a player and coach. In 1985, she was named Most Valuable Player for the National Aboriginal Basketball Carnival. In 2010, Cheryl was inaugurated into the Sports Hall of Fame at her high school, Governor Stirling SHS.

Cheryl is an emerging author of children’s fiction books and is the Chief Editor of Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development Text Book (published by Cambridge University Press). She is a very keen amateur photographer who likes to capture the strengths and positive elements of being Aboriginal.

OTHER TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
2012 Level 1 First Aid Course, Marr Moorditj, Koongamia WA
2017 Level 1 Community Basketball Coach, WA Basketball, Midland WA

THESIS
Kickett-Tucker, C.S. (1999). Aboriginal Children in Sport: Experiences, Perceptions and Sense of Self. Unpublished Thesis. Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

AWARDS

2018Australia’s WA Local Hero 2019
2018NAIDOC Communities Award for Kaat Koort n Hoops, Swan Alliance
2018WA Sports Award Finalist Volunteers Award, Department of Local Government
2014WA Department for Communities, Children’s Week WA, Communities Award, Highly Commended “IRISE: Racial Identity and Self-Esteem” Perth, WA
2013WA Department for Communities, Children’s Week WA, Communities Award for Metropolitan Project Award “Connecting Culture, Curriculum and Community in Early Years Aboriginal Education” Perth, WA
2010Injury Control Council of WA Outstanding Achievement Award for Solid Kids, Solid Schools Research, Perth, WA
2004University of Western Australia, Postdoctoral Re-Entry Research Fellowship, Perth, WA.
2003Australian Society of Authors’ Indigenous Mentorship Program, Redfern, NSW.
2001Western Australia NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, presented by NAIDOC State Committee, Perth, WA.
2001National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, presented by NAIDOC National Committee, Melbourne, VIC.
1998Kurongkurl Katitjin Inaugural Post Graduate Scholarship, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, Edith Cowan University, WA.
1998Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Scholarship, WA.
1995Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA.
1992Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA.
1992Certificate of Recognition, Global Education Project, Office of International Services, University of Oregon, USA.
1992WA NAIDOC, Sportswoman of the Year, Perth, WA.
1992International Scholar Recipient, Black Women’s Action Group in Education Foundation (now Roberta Sykes Foundation), Sydney, NSW.
1990Aboriginal Advisory Committee Prize for outstanding Aboriginal student, presented by WA College of Advanced Education, WA.
1990Women for Technical Jobs Scholarship, presented by the Government of WA.
1989Eveline Rosina Henty Scholarship, presented by the University of Western Australia.
1986Australian Jaycees Five Outstanding Young Australians Award, WA.

STATE BASKETBALL LEAGUE (WA)
1998 Team member of Burswood Perth Redbacks State Basketball League team.
1991, 1993, 1994 Captain of Mustangs State Basketball League Team.
1991 & 1993 Premiers Mustangs State Basketball League Team.
Team member since 8 years of age at Swan Districts Basketball Association.
1991 Coach of State Basketball League Mustangs Reserve team (Division 1) who won a premiership 1991.
19881990 Team member of Scarborough City Hawks State Basketball League team.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL
1989-1991 Team member of WAIS Breakers.
1987-1989 Team member of WAIS Rockets National Conference team.
1987 Premiers with WAIS Rockets.

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATION
1993 Team member and captain of WA Indigenous State team, who were also
1993 National Championship title winners.
1993 Team member of 1993 Australian National Indigenous Championship team.
Team member of the WA state junior teams for under 16 and under 18.
1985 Team member and captain of WA Aboriginal State team.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL SPORTS AWARDS
2010 Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame at Governor Stirling Senior High School
1992 WA NAIDOC Aboriginal Sportswoman of the Year.
1985 Most Valuable Player, National Australian Aboriginal Basketball Championship.

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