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It’s an honour for Professor Hayward AM

Monday, 11 June 2012

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ECU’s Professor Colleen Hayward has been included in the Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List, recognising her work with Indigenous communities.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin at ECU, Professor Hayward received a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

A senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south west of WA, Professor Hayward comes from a strong teaching family: her father was the first Aboriginal teacher and Principal in WA.

For more than 30 years, Professor Hayward has provided significant input into policies and programs on a wide range of Indigenous issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels.

She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management.

Professor Hayward said receiving the award was an honour.

“Even being considered for an Honour’s award is amazing. The nomination, vetting and selection process is confidential so nominees tend to be unaware that people think so well of you and the work you do,” Professor Hayward said.

“In my wildest imaginings, I had never considered an award such as this might even be on the horizon.”

Professor Hayward hopes that by receiving the award, she can inspire a new generation of Indigenous people.

“It is important for Aboriginal people to be recognised through the Australian Awards system – we hear so many negative stories from time to time even though so many people are working hard to achieve great things,” Professor Hayward said.

“It’s nice to be involved in this kind of celebration, not only for myself, but for the wider Indigenous community.”

This award adds to a long list of accolades for Professor Hayward. In 2006 she was awarded the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassadors award for advancing human rights. In 2008 she won the National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the year award; in 2009 she was inducted into the Education Department’s Indigenous Education Hall of Fame and earlier this year was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame.

Professor Hayward joins past Indigenous recipients Associate Professor Robert Somerville AM and Professor Ken Wyatt AM MP, both ECU graduates and Adjuncts with Kurongkurl Katitjin.

The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, Supreme Court of WA, Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science Professor Brett Biddington AM were also honoured in today's announcement. 

Chief Justice Martin has been Chair of the Consultative Committee for the Law Program in ECU’s School of Law and Justice since shortly after his appointment as Chief Justice in 2006. He has been awarded the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) - the highest award under the nation's honours system.

Professor Biddington was honoured with Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the space sector through national policy and industry development.

For more information and to view the full list of recipients visit the It’s an Honour website.

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