Stacey Coates

  • Stacey Coates

    Teacher (Primary) and PhD Candidate

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Stacey Coates is a proud Wiradjuri woman, born in Gadigal country and lives on Dharawal land. She previously worked in the field of child welfare, before moving into the teaching realm. As a passionate Indigenous educator, Stacey has a natural love of learning. She is highly motivated to further her studies in the area of educational research, focusing on increasing educational opportunities and long-term advancement of Indigenous people.

As a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University, Stacey is examining synergies between the governance structures within Australian universities and outcomes in relation to Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education.

In addition to completing her PhD, Stacey is campaigning for the introduction of mandatory biennial 'Indigenous Histories' training for Public School Teachers. Stacey has termed the concept 'Educate the Educators'. Ultimately, Stacey aims to facilitate the capacity to build and promote strong foundations for lasting positive change.

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Western Sydney University (currently undertaking)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary), Western Sydney University
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology), Western Sydney University
  • Diploma Human Resource Management, Open Colleges
  • Certificate IV Counselling Skills, Performance Psychology, Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Leadership Program, University of Wollongong and NSW Health

Area of Expertise

  • Education
  • Child Welfare


  • NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA)
  • Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA) Board Member
  • Council of Australian Postgraduate Association (CAPA) Liaison Officer

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:


Phone:             03 9035 8185