Dr. Sadie Heckenberg is the Academic Director (Indigenous Research) and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre at Swinburne University of Technology. Sadie is the Chair of the Swinburne Indigenous Research Committee, the President-Elect at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and sits on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.
A Wiradjuri scholar, Sadie was awarded her PhD in 2018, entitled Nothing About Us Without Us: Protecting Indigenous knowledges through oral histories and culturally safe research practices. Her research focuses on Indigenous methodologies, Cultural Safety, protecting Indigenous spoken knowledge and ethical research frameworks. Sadie was a Fulbright Scholar based in the Kamakakūokalani Centre for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, has been a Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellow, a National Library of Australia Norman McCann Summer Scholar, has held a Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship and as well as Columbia University's International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Policy.
Sadie is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and has worked at Monash University, Federation University, University of South Australia and, most recently, as Coordinator of the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program at the University of Southern Queensland. Sadie held a ministerial appointment on the Higher Education Standards Panel (2018-2021), was an inaugural member of TEQSA's Student Expert Advisory Group (2018) and was the 2016-2018 President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association.