– Karlie Stewart –
Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Wollongong/Program Manager, Weave Youth and Community Services
Karlie Stewart is a Yuin woman from Nowra on the South Coast of New South Wales. She lived in Nowra throughout her childhood and spent time around the Nowra, Wreck Bay and Jerrinja Aboriginal communities with her family. Since the age of 10, Karlie has lived on Bidjigal land and as such, has strong connections to the La Perouse Aboriginal community. In early 2019, Karlie graduated with an Honours in Social Work from the University of New South Wales and since then, has practiced as a caseworker at Weave Youth and Community Services before developing Weave’s Aboriginal Healing Framework and taking on a Program Manager role of Weave’s Aboriginal Healing Program in early 2021. Karlie is also employed by the University of Wollongong, teaching into the Bachelors and Masters social work degrees, specifically around social work practice with First Nations peoples and communities. Karlie’s practice and teaching is grounded in her passion for healing across First Nations communities, particularly from intergenerational trauma as a result of systemic and social marginalisation since British invasion.