Chenoa Dowling was born in Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and grew up in Townsville. She moved to Brisbane in 2010 to study a Bachelor of Social Work at university. During this time Chenoa gained experience working with Indigenous families as a Family Support Practitioner, aiming to keep families together – especially those at risk of entering the child protection system.
Chenoa has also worked within a counselling framework with individuals involved in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in addition to travelling throughout Australia to provide social and emotional wellbeing support to families impacted by the Stolen Generation.
Recently, Chenoa has worked with national youth mental health organisation Headspace, delivering psychosocial assessments and developing outreach programs for young people.
Chenoa is passionate about working with families, with strength in working with young children. Chenoa describes her practice as constantly evolving and she is driven to learn and better understand the ways she can support Indigenous people and their families throughout Queensland and Australia wide.