Dr Hayley Passmore

Child health researcher in neurodisability

WANomineeYoung Australian of the Year2022

Leading child health researcher, Dr Hayley Passmore is a fearless advocate for some of Western Australia’s most vulnerable young people.

Hayley was part of the Telethon Kids Institute’s ground-breaking Banksia Hill Detention Centre Project, which identified the prevalence of neurodisability among young people in our justice system. In response, she pioneered and delivered Reframe Training – an evidence-based intervention that helps the justice workforce better understand neurodisability and work with those affected by it.

More than 400 justice employees have completed the training course. It’s also led to fundamental changes across Western Australia’s youth justice system – and sparked interest from local, national and international government departments.

After overcoming her own significant health challenges, Hayley secured funding to deliver the project to regional areas. As well as regularly training and presenting to state community organisations and service-providers, she plans to travel to South Australia and Queensland in 2022 upon request from their youth justice agencies.

Hayley was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2020 in recognition of her extraordinary work.