Dr Hayley Passmore is a child health researcher who has devoted the past decade to supporting individuals involved in the justice system. Currently, her research leadership is helping improve outcomes for some of Australia’s most vulnerable young people – those in youth detention and those living with neurodisabilities.
While completing her PhD, Hayley pioneered Reframe Training, an evidence-based training intervention to help justice staff better manage and support young people with neurodisability.
So far delivered to over 500 justice and community services staff across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Reframe Training has already led to fundamental changes in the youth justice system. This pivotal work has attracted immense interest and support, with frequent training requests from justice, police, child protection, community services, and education agencies nationally and internationally.
Hayley was a WA Finalist for 2022 Young Australian of the Year, a 2021 Finalist for the Western Australian of the Year Awards (Youth category), and a Student Scientist of the Year Finalist for the 2019 WA Premier’s Science Awards. Most recently, Hayley was named a 2021 AMP Foundation Tomorrow Maker, and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to Canada, North America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand to explore international approaches to managing and supporting young people with neurodisability in justice and secure care settings.
Despite overcoming a life-threatening illness at 21 years old herself, Hayley is continuously motivated by the hope and resilience of others, particularly those who are incarcerated. In her spare time, she loves to dance.