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2018 Annual Swinburne Barak Wonga Oration

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Date: Thursday 09 August 2018
Venue: AMDC 301, Hawthorn Campus

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The Oration is named in honour of two significant Aboriginal leaders, William Barak and Simon Wonga. It is a key element of Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan. The Oration is designed to advance understandings in the wider community on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

About the speaker - Jill Gallagher AO:

A proud Gunditjmara woman, Jill is a highly respected Victorian Aboriginal leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for self-determination outcomes on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal community.

Jill commenced as Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner at the start of 2018.

She has spent the past 20 years advancing Aboriginal health and wellbeing on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, including 14 years as CEO.

Jill was recognised for her outstanding contribution to community when she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2009, awarded the Order of Australia in 2013, and inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2015.

Jill has also been advocating for the Victorian Aboriginal community as co-chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group and has been closely involved in the Victorian journey to treaty.