Hillary Aldenhoven

  • Hillary Aldenhoven

    Clinical Social Worker

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Hillary Aldenhoven is a clinical social worker, employed at Forensicare as a Program Coordinator that provides treatment and supervision of client's subject to the Crimes (unfitness to be tried) Mental Impairment Act 1997. She also holds the portfolio as Aboriginal Service Officer at Forensicare and is passionate about improving cultural safety of mental health assessment and treatment for Aboriginal people in the Forensic Mental Health System.

In 2008, she completed her Bachelor in Social work at RMIT University. In 2017 obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology with aspirations to complete her Masters by Research with a focus on cultural safety and Aboriginal engagement in mental health treatment within the forensic mental health system.

She has extensive experience in policy and leadership roles within the forensic, mental health and criminal justice system and was appointed as the first Aboriginal Clinical Consultant providing expert advice and secondary consultation to health and mental health services across the Victorian prison system. She was seconded to the Department of Justice and Community Safety in 2018 and drive the development of Cultural Safety Standards to improve the cultural safety of health service provision provided to all Victoria Aboriginal prisoners.

She is a board member on Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association and provides Cultural Supervision and Mentoring to clinicians working in the mental health and justice system.

Professional Details

  • Bachelor of Social Work, RMIT University
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University

Area of Expertise

  • Mental health
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Cultural Safety


  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Board Member Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association
  • Cultural Adviser
  • Cultural Supervision and Mentoring
  • Aboriginal Service Officer, Forensicare

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185