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Healing the Fault Lines: uniting politicians, bureaucrats, and NGOs for improved outcomes in Aboriginal Health

Healing the Fault Lines Speech (PDF)

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Ms Olga Havnen

Ms Olga Havnen is the former head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy at the Australian Red Cross. She has held a range of senior public and non-government sector roles in her long career in Indigenous Policy in the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister and Manager of Indigenous and International Programs at Fred Hollows Foundation.

Ms Havnen has held a position on the Australian Council of Social Services' Board of Directors and represented the Australian Government at various international forums. She grew up in Tennant Creek and is the daughter of Aboriginal educator Peg Havnen.

Ms Havnen currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin.



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Constitutions, interventions and other melancholy tales.

Constitutions, interventions and other melancholy tales.
The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge when he retired from the High Court of Australia in 2009.He also served the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Federal Court of Australia, the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands.  He was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities and participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings.  He has been awarded twenty honorary doctorates.


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Lowitja O'Donoghue and Native Title: Leadership pointing the way to identity, inclusion and justice.

Lowitja O'Donoghue and Native Title: Leadership pointing the way to identity, inclusion and justice.
The Honourable Paul Keating
Former Prime Minister of Australia

Paul Keating entered Parliament in 1969, becoming Treasurer in the Hawke government in 1983.  In this role he drove a range of financial and economic reforms which internationalised the Australian economy and underpinned more than twenty years of Australia’s continuous growth and prosperity.

In December 1991 he became Prime Minister and led the ALP to an historic fifth term of government in March 1993. As Prime Minister he continued his progressive reform program which included the introduction of compulsory national superannuation to redress national savings and to provide more adequate retirement incomes. The Keating government implemented the historic Native Title legislation to facilitate the return of land to indigenous Australians and raised proposals for constitutional reform to have Australia become a republic.

Paul Keating maintains his interest in contemporary national and international politics, economics and foreign affairs and contributes occasionally to the public debate.


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Walking together on the Journey of Healing

Walking together on the Journey of Healing
Mr Ray Martin AM
Well-known journalist and Chairman, Fred Hollows Foundation

Ray Martin is an eloquent and truly inspiring journalist and orator who brought a unique and challenging perspective to the journey of healing on indigenous issue in Australia, providing hard facts and anecdotes to motivate us all to be individually committed to real change.

Ray Martin began his distinguished career as a journalist with the ABC in 1965. He is a former presenter of A Current Affair on Nine and Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation. Ray is deeply involved in charities concerned with Aboriginal disadvantage and is in this third term as a Community Member on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.


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Bringing black and white Australians together

Dr Jackie Huggins AM 
Aboriginal Activist and Deputy Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queenland; and

Mr Fred Chaney AO 
Former Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, 1978-80


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The Journey is Healing: How we go forward after 'sorry'

The Journey is Healing:  How we go forward after 'sorry'
Rev Tim Costello
CEO World Vision Australia


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Black and White Together, We Shall Overcome, Some Day

Black and White Together, We Shall Overcome, Some Day
Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AM
Aboriginal Rights Activist & Social Reformer