Miss Tanja Hirvonen

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs
GPO Box 362, Charles Darwin University, NT 0815

Tanja is an Aboriginal Australian woman through her Mother who was born in Alice Springs. Her Grandmother is from the Barkly Tablelands region and Tanja's Great Grandparents are from WA, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. Tanja's father is from Finland. Tanja grew up in Mt Isa with family. Although Tanja is from QLD, she has previously lived in Darwin and is familiar with Darwin and surrounding areas. Tanja has lived in Mount Isa, Normanton and on cattle properties within the Gulf of Carpentaria.


Tanja is a registered Clinical Psychologist currently based in Darwin, Northern Territory.

In regards to working experience Tanja has up to seven years of practical psychological work experience. Tanja works for AMSANT and The Centre for Remote Health and privately as a registered psychologist. Tanja is passionate about working in an evidence based and culturally sound ways to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people. Tanja's approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and ways of working that are culturally sound and safe when working with people.

Honours, awards and grants
Honor & Award
  • Honor title: Valedictorian

    Honor date: Nov 2010 honor issuer: University of Southern Queensland - Science Department

Key responsibilities

Tanja previously lived in Mt Isa QLD. Tanja has a passion for rural and remote practice. This is demonstrated by working and living in rural areas. Tanja also serves on the Australian Indigenous Psychology Association steering committee and also on the Rural, Remote and Regional Advisory Board that provides information to the Australian Psychological Society.

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  • Child/Youth health
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Mental health
  • Suicide
  • Social and emotional wellbeing
  • Suicide prevention