This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’ seeks to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s unique place in Australian history and society today. For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. NAIDOC Week encourages all Australians to join in on the journey to finish the unfinished business of the country.
Here at headspace, we are so proud to recognise and celebrate one of our Cultural Practice and Diversity team members and proud Whadjuk woman – Denice Kickett.
Denice is the workforce engagement advisor at headspace. She leads the development and coordination of our workforce initiatives relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employment, engagement, youth participation and cultural capacity building, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Mental Health Traineeship Program. This helps us to strengthen our cultural capability and increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the headspace network.
Denice has over 30 years professional experience working in Aboriginal affairs and 20 of those years were spent working in mainstream organisations. Denice has worked in all workforce sectors, influencing employment opportunities for Aboriginal youth and her people.
Highly approachable and considered by her peers as a cultural ambassador in Australia and overseas, Denice’s position in the community spans much further than her role at headspace. Aunt Denice – as she’s fondly known – makes herself available any time of the day to young people in the community seeking advice and support as they navigate their careers for the first time.
“NAIDOC Week is really important. It’s a way we showcase respect for our ancestors past, present and emerging and it’s a way we connect with culture. I was fortunate to have grown up with strong and inspiring people who pushed quality, equity and campaigning rights. It’s my job to continue to carry this forward for young people today.” Denice said.