Lowitja Chair Pat Anderson awarded honorary doctorate

Lowitja Chairperson, Pat Anderson receiving her honorary doctoratePowerful advocate for the health and welfare of Australia’s First Peoples, Ms Pat Anderson, has been awarded the Degree of Doctor honoris causa, by Flinders University. The award was received by Ms Anderson today from the Chancellor of Flinders University, Mr Stephen Gerlach in a ceremony held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

An Alyawarre woman from the Northern Territory, Ms Anderson is a respected national leader and tireless campaigner for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a particular focus on the rights and needs of children, the importance of education, and the need for genuine reconciliation. Most recently, she has been outspoken on the effects of racism on the health of Australia’s First Peoples and the importance of constitutional recognition.

With vast experience working in the community controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, and significant involvement in the founding of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Aboriginal and Tropical Health in 1997, Ms Anderson is very pleased to be receiving the award from longtime collaborator Flinders University. ‘I am proud to be honoured in this way, particularly by Flinders University. I think this is representative of a wonderful relationship that has been established over many years working together to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In many ways this is their award too,’ said Ms Anderson.

The current Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute, the only research organisation in Australia with a sole focus on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples, in 2012 Ms Anderson was also honoured with the Human Rights Community Individual Award from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Created: 17 December 2013 - Updated: 23 December 2013