Newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia Inc.
Tom Calma Sidney Sax Medallist
Vol 32, No 10 January/February 2016 Inside this issue… Tom Calma Sidney Saz Medallist 1 New Project to Deilver Outcomes for Primary Health Care 3 Parenting begins before conception
What’s gender got to do with it? 6 Public health initiatives showcased at ACU student conferences
Student intern experience at PHAA 10 QLD Branch Mentor Award 11 Safe Access to Abortion in Victoria
PHAA stance on infant formula 13 Office Bearers
Professor Calma speaking at the Public Health Association of Australia Complex Needs conference
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) congratulates Professor Tom Calma AO on being the 2015 recipient of the Sidney Sax Public Health Medal. Professor Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia respectively. Professor Calma is Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU), appointed on 1 January 2014. Professor Calma has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level.
He worked in the public sector for 40 years, and is on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, education, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development as well as being the Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Professor Calma is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights and empowerment, and among a long list of achievements, has been instrumental in the establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, development of the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, and promotion of Justice Reinvestment. Continued on next page
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