Jack Beetson Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

Jack Beetson

Jack, is a Ngemba man who has expertise in facilitation of communications and dialogue across cultures, post conflict recovery and reconciliation, adult education and training, community development for sustainability, and indigenous and human rights education. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of New England and one of only 12 people worldwide to have received a United Nations Unsung Hero Award. Jack is Chair of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Economic Development Advisory Committee, Chair of Waste Aid, and regularly undertakes advisory work for government at both the State and Commonwealth level. In the past Jack has served as the Australian Chair of the Pacific Association of non-government organisations. The Literacy for Life Foundation has been established to address the issue of low adult literacy levels in Aboriginal communities. For more information see www.lflf.org.au Ms Janelle Frail is a Ngemba woman who grew up in Brewarrina and has lived there all her life. In 2015 she became one of the Brerwarrina Literacy Campaign facilitators who takes responsibility for the running of the classes. This was her first job. So far 2 intakes are completed and enrollments have commenced for the third intake. She has learned a great deal from this experience and has grown in confidence. She has become one of the Councillors of the Local Aboriginal Land Council. Dr Ben Bartlett is a public health physician who has worked in Aboriginal health for 35 years, both as a clinician in ACCHOs (mainly in central Australia) and in PHC service planning and development in both central Australia and Top End of the NT. He is interested in applying knowledge of the social determinants of health (especially the control factor) to Aboriginal health and this has led to his involvement with the Literacy Campaign. He is currently the Convenor of the LFLF Technical Advisory Sub-committee of the Foundation's Board.

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