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Stefany Brajanovski Graduate Researcher, Crime,Justice & Legal Studies

Stefany Brajanovski is a PhD Candidate in the department of Anthropology, Social Inquiry at LaTrobe University. Stefany’s PhD research hopes to learn about wellness, healing and drug recovery through the perspectives of Aboriginal women, Elders and staff of an Aboriginal community-controlled drug recovery centre. Stefany has a strong interest in exploring the benefits of culture safety and community control, and how this knowledge can be used to promote the evidence‐based policy in drug and alcohol practice that supports Indigenous self determination. Her research is underpinned by decolonising, narrative and collaborative approaches to explore how drug policy can be designed to minimise discrimination and strengthen social/emotional wellbeing.

Stefany is a sessional tutor in Aboriginal Studies and Social Work Studies at LaTrobe University. She has experience in community development, policy research and early childhood education. Stefany is currently a tutor at the Koorie Homework Club at St Albans Community Centre supporting Aboriginal children and families living in Melbourne’s West. Stefany’s earlier career experience includes an internship and volunteer role in the research policy department at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). Her engagement in community and policy spaces gives her a keen understanding on the importance of making research accessible and relevant to the social experiences of communities, policy makers and practitioners.

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