Professor Dawn Freshwater
Professor Dawn Freshwater was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia in January 2017. The UWA 2030 vision and accompanying Strategic Plan 2020-2025 have been established under her direction, following widespread consultation and collaboration.
Dawn is Chair and Director of the Group of Eight, Chair of the Matariki Network of Universities, Vice-Chair of the Partnership Board of the Worldwide Universities Network and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, a Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation, Board Director of Lifeline WA, and a member of the National Health and Research Medical Council Women in Health Science Committee.
Professor Freshwater was also instrumental in leading the creation and development of the UWA Public Policy Institute, which creates a bridge between academic research and government, public and business needs – nationally and globally.
A strong advocate of industry engagement and of the role of higher education in supporting trade agreements, Professor Freshwater maintains strong professional ties with key figures in education and industry in Asia, Europe and the United States, and is a member of the Federal Minister’s Higher Education Industry advisory group. Her academic research in Public Health and Leadership Practices won her the highest honour in her field – Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.