Wanita Bartholomeusz is a Tjupan woman from the Leonora-Wiluna region of WA. She has more than 15 years experience in working with Aboriginal people for various government agencies. She is an energetic, engaging facilitator with more than 10 years experience in delivering Aboriginal cultural awareness training to government agencies and NGO's .
Although Wanita is from the Goldfields region of WA she has worked with groups extensively in the Perth metropolitan region so has strong grounding in the issues that impact on Aboriginal people in urban, rural and remote communities. She has strong skills and experience in assisting agencies in developing better strategies to improve service delivery to Aboriginal people.
Currently Wanita is employed with the WA Police as Manager of the Aboriginal Corporate Development Unit which provides strategic advice, policy development and frontline operational support. She has developed and delivers Aboriginal cultural diversity training to police recruits, police officers and police staff.
This and previous employment have equipped Wanita with knowledge and skills in the areas of justice, family violence, education, cultural and socio-economic issues and the impact of past history and policy on contemporary issues. She also has strong understanding of issues pertaining to substantive equality and recruitment and retention of Aboriginal people into employment.
Wanita has undertaken degrees in Psychology, Anthropology and History and is currently finishing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She also has training in interviewing Children of Sexual Abuse and Problem Based Learning incorporating Emotional Intelligence within a Policing Environment