2017 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize

25 October 2017

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence and Mrs Eileen Perkins and family are delighted to invite you to attend the 2017 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ms Pat Anderson AO

Re-setting the relationship: why we need constitutional change

Pat Anderson will reflect on the contribution that Dr Perkins made to the struggle for social justice and Aboriginal rights in Australia, including his part in advocating a ‘Yes’ vote in the 1967 Referendum.

Now, fifty years on from that Referendum, there is another opportunity for genuine and substantive reform to the Australian Constitution. Ms Anderson will describe her recent work as a member of the Referendum Council, and her experience of the unique regional Dialogues, culminating in the National Convention of First peoples at Uluru in May this year, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Ms Anderson will tell how these forums overwhelmingly endorsed substantive change to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take their rightful place in the country. In particular, she will examine one of the key demands to emerge from the Dialogues and from Uluru, namely amending the constitution to establish a permanent representative body that would give First Nations a Voice directly to the Federal Parliament.

 

About the speaker
Ms Pat Anderson AO is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, including community development, policy formation and research ethics. She co-chaired the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council with Mr Mark Leibler AC.

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, and was the Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. Since 2010, Ms Anderson has been the Chair of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. She has published many essays, papers and articles, including co-authoring with Rex Wild QC 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 her 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. 

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.


About the Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize

In 2001, the University of Sydney established an annual oration to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their community, country and society.

Named in honour of Australia’s first Aboriginal graduate, the Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of his tireless dedication to human rights and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Each year, we invite members from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share their stories about their experiences, research, projects and ideas.

With the support of the University faculties and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students, there are now three prizes awarded annually to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have achieved outstanding results for Bachelor or Honours degree.

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Where:

    The Great Hall
    The Quadrangle
    The University of Sydney
    University maps 

  • Cost: Free event. Refreshments provided. Registrations required
  • RSVP: RSVP essential by Tuesday 24 October 2017
  • Registration: Registration is currently closed.
  • Contact:

    Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

    T +61 2 9351 5221

    E dvciss@sydney.edu.au

  • More info:

    To listen to previous Oration keynote speakers, visit our Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration and Prize collection on the Sydney eScholarship Repository website.

  • Speaker/ Performer:
    Ms Pat Anderson AO


2017 Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Memorial Prize

Where

The Great Hall
The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
University maps 

When

25 October 2017


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