Antonia Burke is a Tiwi – Yanyuwa woman from the Northern Territory and grew up in Darwin and the remote community, Pirlangimpi, on the Tiwi Islands. She has a strong commitment to and connection with cultural protocols when travelling to diverse Aboriginal communities across Australia. She has extensive experience in working at all levels, from the Premier’s Advisory Committee, and at community level engagement. She has served on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Advisory Group with Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, as Chair, providing advice on outreach, response and community engagement, working to create and implement long term sustainable programs, more particularly for families and women residing in rural and remote regions.
Antonia provided educational programs on youth suicide prevention in South East Queensland, as well as providing advice on healing work with diversionary programs in Youth Justice. She has facilitated personal growth, empowerment, leadership and awareness programs, which influenced her to work with organisations to encourage staffing self-care practices across the organisation. She also delivered federally funded National Health Promotion programs, at the community level. Her interest in the use of Indigenous Cultural Practices, which is at the foundation of all her work, has influenced her community activities, as well as the delivery of speaking engagements in schools around Valuing Culture.
Antonia is the founder of maiala Young Women’s Empowerment Program focussing on leadership and economic development with young Indigenous women in remote areas. She also co-founded the Breaking Limits healing, empowerment and personal growth framework. She has also been a volunteer of Yalari for 10 years working with Indigenous students from remote locations who are in boarding schools nationally.At this time in her life, she has a clear focus on healing healers and empowering leaders to feel the full potential of their leadership capacity, and how to maintain their strength long term. She supports leaders to be able to hold the trauma stories for the other(s), so they can chart their own healing and recovery processes, in other words building their own internal resilience. Antonia is a mentor and takes great pride in the work she does with young women’s empowerment programs.