ACT Board Member

Lydia is the first Torres Strait Islander woman to graduate with a Masters from the Australian Catholic University in Canberra with a Masters in Social Work, specialising in Kupai Omasker – the Torres Strait customary adoption of children.

In 1991 she was the first Torres Strait Islander woman to graduate from the University of Technology in Sydney – being awarded a Bachelor of Communications majoring in journalism and political and social science. Lydia says her study looked at vulnerable people, rates of homelessness, human services and government relations. One area of particular interest and concern for Lydia is the issue of Torres Strait Islander children and why so many have to be taken into care and protection.

She has also studied in depth at how it impacts on the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Lydia’s work has the potential to influence future government policy. NATSIWA welcomes the warmth and skill Lydia brings to the NATSIWA Board.