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Stefany Brajanovski Graduate Researcher, Social Work & Social Policy

Stefany Brajanovski is a PhD Candidate in the department of Anthropology, Social Inquiry at LaTrobe University. Stefany’s PhD explores Aboriginal Victorian Womens narratives on healing from drug use and criminalisation. Stefany has a strong interest in the factors of long term recovery from trauma and drug use that relate to the strengths, resilience and cultural resources of Aboriginal women, and using this knowledge to support the wellbeing of Aboriginal communities. Along with tracing the impact of policies on the womens lives, considering where they are supportive and where they undermine wellbeing.Her research is underpinned by an interest in decolonising, narrative and collaborative approaches to explore how social policy and alcohol and other drug treatment services can be designed to minimise discrimination and improve community social/health outcomes.

Whilst, being a PhD researcher, Stefany 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.