Tess Keam

Social Worker


Tess has a varied career in social justice campaigning, education support and community development in an Aboriginal community, and support for families at risk of entering into the child protection system.


  • 2016-present: Social Worker, Burnet Institute, Daru, PNG
  • 2015: Engagement and Referral Practitioner, Act for Kids
  • 2011-2015: Admin Co-ordinator and Education Support, Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy
  • 2008-2011: Social Justice Officer, Uniting Church Vic/Tas Synod
  • 2006-2008: Nutrition Co-ordinator and Teacher Aide, Aurukun State School


  • 2016 Masters of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), James Cook University
  • 2005 Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), RMIT University

Projects (4)

Current (4)

  • Improving Tuberculosis Services in Timor-Leste

  • PRIME-TB: Papua New Guinea & Republic of Indonesia for the Micro Elimination of TB

  • RID-TB Patient Education and Counselling

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG

Publications (1)

2019 (1)

News Articles (5)

2020 (1)

2019 (3)

2018 (1)