Professor Shane Hearn

Shane Hearn

Professor Shane Hearn

Head of First Nations Engagement and Communication

Professor Shane Hearn is a respected and proud Noongar man, with a distinguished record ensuring First Nations people are centred, engaged and influential.

He brings extensive expertise across higher education and health, where his leadership across research, scholarship and management has delivered powerful positive outcomes for First Nations people.

He is a thought leader, accomplished speaker and published writer, whose insights on Aboriginal culture and engagement have shaped campaigns, academic programs and the way organisations engage with our country and its people.

Professor Hearn is Think HQ’s Head of First Nations Engagement and Communication. As a key member of the leadership team, he ensures Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are included in everything the agency does.

He provides insight into the diversity of Indigenous cultures across Australia and directly engages with communities to build and maintain strong relationships. That means Think HQ’s campaigns and communications respond to the needs to First Nations people, and benefit from a direct feedback loop with the community, allowing for rapid input and iteration.

Over his decorated career, Professor Hearn has worked to successfully improve outcomes for First Nations people through the development of policies, strategies and campaigns.

Prior to joining Think HQ, Professor Hearn was University of Adelaide’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement.

There, he developed Yangadlitya, the University’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, and the University’s first Marketing and Communication Strategy, and increased the retention and success rates of Indigenous  students.

As the Director of CultureLink, he developed the NSW Health Aboriginal Strategic Framework for the prevention and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities across the State and co-authored the Youth Health Resource Kit.

As Practice Leader at Cox Inall Ridgeway, he designed and led the roll out of the Commonwealth Department of Health’s national Live Longer campaign, working in partnership with 36 Indigenous communities.

Professor Hearn holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Indigenous Community Health, from the Curtain University of Technology Western Australia.

Articles written by Professor Shane Hearn