Professor Fredericks is a Murri woman from south-east Queensland (Ipswich/ Brisbane) and a strong advocate for all forms of education and training. She holds a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Education, Master of Education – Leadership & Management, Master of Education Studies and a PhD (Health Science), along with VET qualifications in Training and Assessment and Community Culture. She has been a recipient of a National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Endeavour Award. In addition to working at a range of universities in Australia and New Zealand, Professor Fredericks has worked in the health care and human service sector for State and Commonwealth governments, non-Government organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services.
Her current research interests focus on the socio-psychological aspects of chronic disease, heart failure, public health interventions, Indigenous women's health issues and qualitative and mixed-methods research that privileges Indigenous knowledges, methodologies and world views. Professor Fredericks holds several distinguished roles in Indigenous research. She is a Health Node Leader in the Australian Research Council funded National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) and the external representative on the Indigenous Research Committee for the Australian Catholic University (ACU). She just finished terms of service as the Health and Biomedical Sciences Representative on the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and as a Committee Member for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
As well as being CQUniversity's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Fredericks also resumes the role of BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement. Professor Fredericks provides leadership and advice to the Vice-Chancellor and President on strategies to advance CQUniversity's Indigenous engagement agenda and improve educational outcomes for CQUniversity's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student cohort past, present and future. In addition to this, Professor Fredericks and the Office of Indigenous Engagement staff work with Indigenous communities to identify ways to build their capacity in education, employment and general equality of opportunity, and then assist them to achieve this.