The South Australian Women’s Honour Roll Awards took place last night at Government House.

Held every two years, the Honour Roll acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of women in our community and their commitment to ensuring that we live in a safer and more inclusive society.

Her Excellency, Honourable Frances Adamson, welcomed everyone to the event, recognising the contributions and impact of all the outstanding nominees in the South Australian community. Minister Katrine Hildyard (for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Child Protection) also shared kind words, further praising and celebrating the twenty successful nominees.  

Dr Jackie’s impressive career has seen her working as a consultant psychiatrist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for over 17 years, as an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Health Economics and Social Policy Group at the University of South Australia, and as an external collaborator with Emerging Minds.

In 2017, Dr Jackie’s PhD ‘When wounds from infancy collide -The mother-child relationship as trauma, trigger, and treatment’ was passed with no changes. The examiners were extremely positive about the work and suggested that it has international significance.

With more than 25 years of experience as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Gestalt Psychotherapist, she is currently based at our Strategy, Research and Innovation unit, where she is leading the implementation of her research at Centacare.

The Children’s Services Unit has been utilising her social casework model in supporting vulnerable families to interrupt distressing family patterns and improve child and family safety and wellbeing.

To add to Dr Jackie’s long list of achievements, in June 2023 she was invited to New Zealand to begin discussions between Centacare (South Australia) with teams that have been practising with the models described in her PhD.

We congratulate Dr Jackie on this outstanding achievement, and we are privileged to be part of her journey.