Kathleen Abbott AM, recognised in Australia Day honours list 2015
Black Wattle Consulting congratulates our partner/consultant Kathleen Abbott AM, recognised in the Australia Day honours list 2015. Our thanks also go to Dr Dayalan Devanesan for nominating Kathy. It will mean a lot to Kathy, her family, to her community and the Aboriginal Health Workers / Health Practitioners Australia-wide.
As reported online ABC 26 January 2015
“Kathleen Anne Abbott AM
Kathleen Abbott, a mother of six and a tireless worker in the field of Aboriginal health, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
An emotional Ms Abbott spoke to the ABC from an Alice Springs hospital bed, where she has spent the last four months recovering from complications after a fall.
“I just think, wow, to receive this … it honours me,” she said. [It’s for] all the Aboriginal people, not just for me.”
Mrs Abbott was one of the first and longest serving Aboriginal health workers in the Northern Territory. Beginning her career at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, she went on to train others and advocate for the vital role that Aboriginal health workers play in caring for their own people.
Ms Abbott is a co-founder of the Aboriginal social enterprise Akeyulerre, known as the Healing Centre, an organisation that promotes wellbeing through culture.
“It’s a place where people can come with all the family [and] use a lot of traditional methods, bush medicines and ngankari [Aboriginal traditional healers],” said Ms Abbott. “You can’t find that in western medicine.”
Her daughter Natasha Abbott said her mother was her inspiration.
“She’s made a lot of friends in her time in the health industry,” she said. “She’s very determined and when she sets her mind to it she goes out and gets it. I’m very proud of her.”
Source: www.abc.net.au 26 January 2015
Kathleen Abbott AM is an Arrernte woman from Central Australia. She was named co-patron of the NT 2011 Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker. At the launch event celebrating the year, AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory) chair said: ‘Kathy Abbott was a trailblazer in Aboriginal health in Central Australia, being recruited by Trevor Cutter in the early 1970s. She was one of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ first Aboriginal Health Workers, and went on to become a leading manager and AHW educator through the NT Health Department. Kathy remains active as one of the Northern Territory’s most senior Aboriginal Health Workers … an inspiration to new members of the Aboriginal Health Worker profession…’
Kathy is the former President of the Central Australian and Barkly Aboriginal Health Workers Association, and was Foundation Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA). She is co-author of the A History of AHWs and Community Workers in the NT, and Rhetoric and Reality and many other training and policy resources. Kathleen received Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 recognition of her tireless worker in the field of Aboriginal health, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)