Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, as Patron.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) are pleased to welcome proud Bunuba woman and national and international leader, June Oscar AO, as Patron.

June has a long history with IAHA, and the announcement was made in front of members and stakeholders at the 2022 IAHA National Conference, which was held on the lands of Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples of the ACT and surrounding region.

IAHA Chairperson, Ms Nicole Turner, said:

“It is an honour to have the patronage of June Oscar. June has provided IAHA with advice, guidance, support and leadership across many topics including education, training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, community development and Indigenous governance.

“June has supported our communities and families through her tireless and important work, including her leadership of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Report. This extensive whole-of-life report captures the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, taking a rights-based approach to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, now and for generations to come. We see strong alignment between the work of June and IAHA, and are grateful to June for becoming a patron for the organisation”

June Oscar has achieved a longstanding influential position as a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, education, social justice, women’s issues and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. June was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia, particularly through health and social welfare programs.

In accepting the invitation, June said:

“I am proud to be associated with an organisation (IAHA) that refuses to accept the status quo when it comes to inequalities for our mob. An organisation that is brave, innovative, collaborative, and continues to excel, far beyond the expectations that others set. I am so excited to see the influence you will continue to make over the next 10 years and beyond.”

June joins former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner, Professor Tom Calma AO, as Patrons of IAHA.

January 3, 2023


Posted by: Jessica Schulz