Tom Calma, AO, is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory. Professor Calma is Chancellor of the University of Canberra, a former Social Justice and Race Discrimination Commissioner and Senior Diplomat and has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, and state, national and international level. He has worked in the public sector for over 40 years.
Tom serves on numerous boards and committees, including The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC). He holds honorary doctorates from Charles Darwin, Curtin and Flinders universities. He is the National Coordinator of Tackling Indigenous Smoking, patron of three national organisations, and Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia.
He was ACT Australian of the Year in 2013 and was awarded an Order of Australia, General Division (AO) in 2012, in recognition of his work as an inspirational advocate for human rights and social justice and distinguished service to the Indigenous community. In July 2016, he also received the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Flag Award. When outgoing United States Ambassador to Australia John Berry presented him with the flag at the US Embassy in Yarralumla, he said “Through your work to improve the lives of all Australians, and particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, you have answered King’s call ‘to make a career of humanity’.”
Calma’s 2005 Social Justice Report – focusing on Indigenous health equality – was the catalyst for the Close the Gap campaign, which has effectively brought national attention to achieving health equality for Indigenous people by 2030.
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