Institutional Change: The Noise We Should Be Making  

[by Georgia O'Connor]


Image: Prudence Upton

For too long Australia’s First Nations communities have suffered from systemic racism, present across many societal sectors. Perpetuated in the form of subtle bias and outdated power structures; First Nations peoples attempts at self-determination have been blighted.  

So how do we encourage workplaces and institutions to embrace diversity and create change from within? 

Join us for this poignant conversation with Professor Larissa Behrendt, Associate Professor Pauline Clague and Phillipa Mcdermott, as we work to understand how we can move forward together. 

Streamed from the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Time: Sunday, 30th August 4pm AEST



Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Larissa is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. Larissa is an award-winning author and filmmaker and won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for best Direction of a Documentary Film for After the Apology. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. Larissa is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio. 

Associate Professor Pauline Clague is a Yaegl women from the North Coast of New South Wales. Known for her extensive work in championing and producing the works of Australia’s emerging First Nations filmmakers, Pauline has produced numerous documentaries and dramas. Pauline was the Series Producer for ABC’s Messagestick from 2000-2004. Pauline was also the Indigenous training officer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2009 to 2013; developing more than 35 courses around Australia and training 650 First Nations people in film, television and radio. Pauline has also served as a board member for the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Pauline was the creator of Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday which works with 60 First Nations companies around Australia to produce documentaries from remote, regional and emerging filmmakers each year. In 2015 she won the Stanley Hawes Award 2015 for Contribution to Australian Documentaries.

Phillipa Mcdermott is a Wakka Wakka and Mununjali woman. Phillipa is head of Indigenous Employment at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is acknowledged as an influential national senior leader in the fields of recruitment, media and the arts. Her work encompasses complex decision-making and high level strategic planning, governance and change management, HR and workforce planning. Phillipa’s Board memberships include the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and Ramsgate Out of School Hours Care. Phillipa is also the Previous Chair of Gadigal Information Service and Koori Radio and Co-Chair of Corroboree Sydney as well as Chair of Tullagulla Inc. Phillipa has also sat on the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and on the Boards of NAISDA, First Hands Solutions, The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team and Media Ring.



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Port Noarlunga players condemn league decision over racial abuse

[Patrick Martin, ABC]

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Open letter calls for urgent action to address over incarceration

[Ebony Stansfield, UNSW]

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Tiwi ears in Tiwi Hands  

[supplied by Menzies]

Newly graduated ear health facilitators will provide local knowledge and expertise when checking the ears and hearing of children in their community.