Jacob Prehn

  • Jacob Prehn

    Social Worker and Academic

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Jacob Prehn is a proud Worimi man, born and raised on Palawa Country, Tasmania. Jacob is employed as an Indigenous Fellow Academic Development in the School of Social Work and Sociology. Prior to this position Jacob worked for the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania. Other previous positions of employment have included Aboriginal Men's Program Coordinator, Social Worker, Aboriginal Health Worker and Acting-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSHIWA).

Jacob is currently completing his PhD in Social Work and Sociology. His research topic is Aboriginal men's health and fathering and he is specifically looking at the effects of Bush Adventure Therapy on the wellbeing of Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania. Other qualifications include: Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science and Cert IV as an Aboriginal Health Worker. He is particularly interested in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal men, Aboriginal fathers, factors that contribute to Aboriginal children growing up strong, Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Aboriginal Health Workers.  

Jacob is a director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSHIWA), National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Tas Division Representative and sits on the Mayi Kuwayu (MK) Study Data Governance Committee.

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Social Work & Sociology, University of Tasmania (Currently Undertaking)
  • Master of Social Work, University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Sociology and International Relations), University of Tasmania
  • Certificate IV Aboriginal Health Worker, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
  • Graduate Certificate Indigenous Research and Leadership, University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate Bush Adventure Therapy, Adventure Works
  • Graduate Certificate Research, University of Tasmania (Currently Undertaking)

Area of Expertise

  • Aboriginal Men's Health
  • Aboriginal Fathers
  • Aboriginal Children Growing up Strong
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty
  • Indigenous Sociology
  • Indigenous Health Programming


  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA)
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSHIWA)
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Australian National University (ANU) Mayi Kuwayu Study Data Governance Committee
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Tasmanian Division Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative


  • Prehn, J and Ezzy, D “Decolonising the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Men”, Journal of Sociology (In Press).
  • Prehn, J and Peacock, HT and Guerzoni, MA, “Academic self-concepts of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children”, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education ISSN 1326-0111 (In Press)
  • Peacock, H and Prehn, J “The importance of Aboriginal Education Workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: An analysis of LSIC”, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education (2019).
  • Prehn, J, “Bush Adventure Therapy”, Australian Fatherhood Research Network Bulletin, 46 (Special Aboriginal and TSI Edition) pp. 29-29 (2019).
  • Walker, M and Baltra-Ulloa, J and Prehn, J, “Intersectionality, Indigeneity, Gender, and Violence”, Global Dialogue, 8 (1) pp. 23-24 (2018).
  • Prehn, J, “How social work can improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal men”, Our Voices: Aboriginal Social Work, Macmillan International Higher Education, B Bennett, S Green (ed), South Yarra, Australia, pp. 157-174 (2019).
  • Prehn, J and Vanderfeen, J, “Indigenous fellowship recipients welcome the chance to study in London”, UTAS News, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 3 May 2019 (2019).
  • Prehn, J, “Aboriginal the Indigenous Cultural and Educational Exchange”, Your Afternoon with Helen Shield, ABC Radio, Australia, 23 July 2018 (2018).
  • Prehn, J, “Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award”, Colony 47, Hobart, Tasmania (2018).

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