Opening Plenary - Wide brown land: Australia’s mental health and disability landscape
Professor Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level for over 40 years. Professor Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 2004 – 2010 and the founding Chair of the Close the Gap Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality. He was also Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group that oversaw the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, and is currently Co-chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, National Coordinator for the Closing the Gap Tackling Indigenous Smoking measures, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia and an Ambassador for Suicide Prevention Australia.