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Transcript of Mick dodson
- Yawuru descendent, from the southern Kimberly region of Western Australia.
- BORN in 1950
- Orphaned at age 10 with his brother Patrick Dodson.
Both the Dodsons have become prominent leader and advocate. INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIETY Professor of Law at The Australian National University where he is the director of the national centre for indigenous studies, encouraging research students to reach their full potential.
ADVOCATE! He works to increase indigenous health and social statistics and re define rights and opportunities (Dodson 1995)
- First indigenous Australian to receive a degree at Monash University Melbourne (Monash University 2013).
- He assisted in the development of the native title act 1993 (Packer 2009; Dodson, 2010)
- Liaisons heavily with governmental bodies asking that they consider the people not only electoral votes (Packer 2009; Dodson, 2010)
- Dedicated his time and knowledge to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, being the first indigenous social justice commissioner from 1993-1998 (Dodson 1995).
- Key role in the close the gap initiative (Dodson 2010; Gooda 2011).
- Assisting the royal commission into aboriginal deaths in custody (Australian of the Year Awards 2009)
- Commissioner in the nation enquiry into the stolen generation (Australian of the Year Awards 2009)
- Key role in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (McCreery 2012; Gooda 2011).
- Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia and a fundamental person who fought for an apology from the government, which was delivered by Kevin Rudd in 2008 (Dodson, Hunter & McKay 2012).
- Key campaigner in changing the constitution wants indigenous people to be a part of Australians birth certificate (Gooda 2011). IN FOCUS Major party in the Naive Title Act 1993- Established after the Mabo v Queensland victory. The High Court finally relinquished the term Terra Nullius. Terri Nullius stopped the aboriginals from being able to fight rightfully, JAILED BY THIS TERM
- Mabo case and Native Title Act acted as a key for aboriginals, giving them the chance to move forward to live again with the land and participate in society that now acknowledges who they are.
- Native title was not about revenge, it was about the recognition of human rights. Dodson explains “the wellbeing of a community cannot depend on the dispossession and denial of the human rights of a minority” (Dodson 1995, p.3). I would like to begin with an apology to all the people that have experienced and experience hardship in our great world, may they find peace and happiness in tomorrow. I pay my respects to all people of this land, be them white, black brown or a combination colour wheel, Thank you for providing us with this great country and building a place where we can share in opinions, stories, knowledge and friendship.
Imparticularity I would like to pay special acknowledgment to the Guring-gai people and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation the original owners and mothers to this land.
I put out a warning to all people in this room that this presentation may contains pictures and voices of those that have passed before us. APOLOGY/ THANKYOU/ ACHNOLEDMENT WARNING! “Aboriginal health”
- encompasses community,
- land (McCreery 2012).
It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life (Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW 2010). A DEFINITION Mick Dodson fights from all angles for indigenous Australians to have a fair go in the legal system, in education and in health IN FOCUS
Indigenous Australians rate of employment is 24% lower, and 38 % fewer indigenous students complete secondary schooling with lower performance (Dodson 2010).
- For many indigenous Australians education is a reminder of disempowerment, neglect - a constant test of how far you fall short.
- Dodson visits numerous schools getting among the indigenous people.
Mick Dodson sees education as imperative in improving every aspect of indigenous Australians.
- “Education must first affirm who we are, before presenting the potential of who we may be” (Dodson 2010, p. 11).
- Dodson works to change the understandings, willingness and -genuine participation by indigenous Australians in all aspects of life including schooling, day to day activities and accessing health care. IN FOCUS HEALTH Indigenous Australians will live 17 to 11 years less than other Australians (Australian human rights commission 2011).
- Two and a half times greater burden of disease on indigenous Australians suffering greater rates of heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, diabetes and eye equity (Vos et al. 2009; Hee 2010; Dodson 2010).
- lack of access to primary health care. In 2004–05 study, 15% of Indigenous Australians reported that they had needed to seek a health professional but had not gone. Main Reasons being access, availability, cost and cultural barriers (Cheng et al. 2011).
- These statistics feed Dodson’s urge to tackle all aspects of indigenous Australians rights, lives and resulting wellbeing.
- Health and illness seem to follow a social gradient whereby people of a lower socio-economic position have worse health than those of higher socio-economic status. (Hee 2010). Indigeous people fall into the lower socio economic group.
- Dodson Campaigns for more intelligent funding in indigenous communities where there is generally lower income and therefore lower capacity to live ‘healthy’ WHAT MICK DODSON HAS DONE FOR THE WHITE FELLA Education!! - Prominent public figure makes him a voice and bridge so that all Australians can move forward and change how non indigenous Australians see the inequity (McCreery 2012).
- Pulls indigenous issues from out of site and into Australians minds, challenging non indigenous Australians to put themselves in a place of vulnerability and empathise with indigenous history (Dodson 1995).
-Dodson reduces the frustration brought by preconceived ideas of how ‘all’ indigenous people live and or should live (ANU channel 2009). How long can this presentaion go for? REFERENCE LIST Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW 2010, Aboriginal health and medical research council, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, New south Wales, viewed March/22 2013, <http://www.ahmrc.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=37>.
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Gooda, M. 2011, Constitutional reform: Creating a nation for all of us, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia.
Hee, M. 2010, 'Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, a review comparing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians', MSIA research papers, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 15-19.
McCreery, R. 2012, 'An Interview with Mick Dodson', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 10-13.
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