Faye is a proud Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) originally from Trangie, NSW, now living and working between rural/regional and urban NSW. In the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Faye was awarded the Medal (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to Indigenous Mental Health, and to tertiary education”. Furthermore, in March of 2021, she was named as one of two Deputy National Rural Health Commissioners and in 2019 was honoured to be named as the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the year.
Faye is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity (Atlantic Institute) , as well as being a Senior Fellow with Advance HE. Faye is also a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and was a board member of IAHA from 2009-2017 (and chairperson from 2010-2016). At the start of March 2021 Faye joined the UNSW with over 20 years of experience in the Higher Education Sector and over 30 years in the health sector.