2–5 February 2021


Juanita Sherwood

Professor Juanita Sherwood is the Vice President of Nelly’s Healing Centre. She is a highly respected champion of cultural change and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Professor Sherwood is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement at Charles Sturt University, following time at the University of Sydney as both Associate Dean Indigenous for the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services). She has been a driving force behind building cultural competence across Australia, and was the founding Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC), which is housed on the University’s main campus in Camperdown. Juanita pioneered the NCCC’s Cultural Competence Leadership Program for University staff from all backgrounds – one of her proudest achievements. Professor Sherwood maintains close connections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, consulting regularly with Elders to guide her decision making and ensure her change agenda meets critical community needs. She is also an accomplished Indigenous health and education scholar.