Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration
Each year the Don Dunstan Foundation presents the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration named in honour of Dr O’Donoghue.
Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG
Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG is a Yankunytjatjara woman who has dedicated her life to improving the welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. She was named Australian of the Year in 1984 and was the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. She was the first Aboriginal woman to be inducted into the Order of Australia (AO) and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Dr O’Donoghue was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1999 and Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great (DSG), a Papal Award, in 2005. The authorised biography ‘Lowitja’, written by Stuart Rintoul, was published in September 2020.
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