Decolonising Justice For Indigenous Young People With Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Harry Blagg1,2, Tamara Tulich1,2 Robyn Williams

1Centre for Indigenous Peoples and Community Justice, 2Law School University of Western Australia, 

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Dr Robyn Williams is a Nyoongar woman and has supported families caring for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as an advocate since 2008.  Qualifications include a Master of Arts, and BA in Sociology/Anthropology.  Robyn has a long diverse employment background spanning over 20 years in Aboriginal community based agencies, government sector, and academia.    In 2018, Robyn completed her PhD on FASD in Perth and the south west region of WA.  This is the first Australian FASD study to include case studies of Aboriginal relative carers and is the largest consultation with First Nations people with a total of 180 Aboriginal people and six families.  This study includes best practice relating to FASD interventions, cultural security; and supporting children and families with FASD.   In 2019, this study received a Chancellors commendation for excellence.   Robyn has presented on FASD at International conferences since 2014, and is a recognised as a FASD trainer and continues to work in collobaration with leading International FASD experts in the area of child and adult interventions; and FASD informed best practice for service delivery.

 Dr Tamara Tulich is a Senior Lecturer in UWA Law School. Tamara researches and publishes in the areas of preventive justice, anti-terror lawmaking and indefinite detention regimes, and is a co-editor of the collection Regulating Preventive Justice (Routledge 2017). Tamara’s recent research projects focus on expanding diversionary alternatives for Aboriginal youth with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence, and reform to Australian proceeds of crime legislation.

Harry Blagg is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples and Community Justice in the Law School University of Western Australia. He has researched and developed theory and policy on Indigenous justice issues for several decades. His new book, co-authored with Thalia Anthony, called Decolonising Criminology is to be published in 2019 by Palgrave.


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