Professor Tom Calma AO

PROGRAM CHAIR

Professor Tom Calma AO is an elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iawidja tribal group. He has been deeply embedded in Aboriginal issues for the past four decades, shedding light on inequity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in areas such as education, employment, and health.

In 2010, 2011 and 2014, Professor Calma received honorary doctorates from Charles Darwin, Curtin and Flinders Universities. He received the Officer of the Order of Australian (AO) Award in 2012 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as an advocate for human rights and social justice, through his contributions to government policy and reform, and to cross cultural understanding. In 2013, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Canberra, only the second Indigenous Australian to have served as a university chancellor.

Currently, he is co-Chair of the Commonwealth Government's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the National Advisory Committee of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health.

Professor Calma is also Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation and of numerous other national boards, committees and campaigns.