5th Annual Ngar-Wu Wanyarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Conference

Keynote speakers

Norm Stewart Community / Language Group: Yorta Yorta Kidneys of the Dungala, 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Ms Pat Anderson AO

Morning Keynote -  Ms Pat Anderson AO

Chair – The Lowitja Institute

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, including community development, policy formation and research ethics.

Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, has been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. She has published many essays, papers and articles, including co-authoring with Rex Wild QC of Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.

In 2007, Ms Anderson was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in recognition of her achievements; she was awarded the Human Rights Community Individual Award (Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award) in 2012 and the Human Rights Medal in 2016 by the Australian Human Rights Commission. In 2013, she received an honorary doctorate from Flinders University and in 2017 Edith Cowan University conferred on Ms Anderson a Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa. In 2015, Ms Anderson won the public policy category Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She served as co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council and she is the current chair of the Remote Area Health Corporation.

Ms Anderson was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a social justice advocate, particularly through promoting improved health, and educational and protection outcomes for children. In 2018, the national NAIDOC Committee recognised her life-long contribution with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Dr Kalinda Griffiths 

Afternoon Keynote - Dr Kalinda Griffiths

Scientia Fellow - UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre, Menzies School of Health Research

Kalinda is an early career Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW and a Science and Technology Superstar of STEM. She holds honorary fellowships at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Sydney and is also deputy editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of data pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her areas of focus include the governance of existing data utilisation and the measurement of health disparities, with particular interest in cancer treatment and outcomes.

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Mr Archie Roach 

Conference Dinner Entertainment - Mr Archie Roach

Archie Roach is a beloved and much admired Australian artist whose iconic song, ‘Took the Children Away’, was recently added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia collection. As a member of the stolen generations, he has also become a powerful voice for indigenous Australians and is one of this country’s greatest storytellers.

Archie’s career has spanned three decades. He has released 10 albums including a 4CD box set, ‘Creation’, a retrospective of his first four albums His work has been recognised locally and internationally, in mainstream and indigenous circles.  He has shared the stage with some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Billy Bragg, Paul Simon and Joan Armatrading.

His music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.  His voice - uniquely Australian and undeniably universal - continues to resonate for us all.

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