June 2020

Chairperson's Report

2020 is proving a challenging and disrupted time. Despite our enforced distancing, I have been delighted to become Chairperson of the Don Dunstan Foundation and learn of the many activities that our Foundation is delivering. We, like all organisations, have been examining how we should operate and the many ways in this great time of need, we can continue working with our  partners to make a difference. 

Our next set of digital events will commence next week, with a webinar on how to foster food security in uncertain times. Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, food relief organisations in SA have seen a 250% increase in enquiries, highlighting the critical question; why is food insecurity such an issue in South Australia? 

General News

EVENT - How to Foster Food Security in Uncertain Times

Date: Thursday 2 July 2020
Time: 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Where: Webinar
Cost: $10

Is there enough food in SA for everyone? Why is food insecurity such an issue in South Australia? Our next digital event will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on SA's food security.

Join facilitator Professor Rachel Ankeny and leaders from South Australia’s food relief and industry organisations to talk about improving systems and procedures to ensure our shelves aren’t empty again.


EVENT - What's Next for Live Music and the Arts; how does the industry survive and thrive?

Date: Wednesday 15 July
Time: 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Where: Webinar
Cost: $10

COVID-19 has kept us indoors and has had a devastating effect on the music and arts industries. Join WOMAD co-founder, legendary Glastonbury booker, Martin Elbourne, as we discuss the social, cultural, political, industrial and economic impacts of the pandemic on the live music and arts industries. We'll ask; what's next for the industry?

Martin will be joined by leading South Australian arts experts, as they bring their local expertise to the virtual stage. How can we work with communities to build new environments in which arts can thrive and be sustained? Book your tickets to find out!


Homelessness Week Activities 

With Homelessness Week fast approaching (2 – 8 August) keep an eye out for exciting online events, content and information running across the week. You can join our online webinar in which our former Thinker in Residence, Dr Nonie Brennan of the Institute for Global Homelessness, will discuss the effect COVID-19 has had on the rates of homelessness worldwide, and how communities have sought to protect the health of those experiencing homelessness. Tickets are $10 to gain valuable insights into what the rest of the world is doing to combat this issue.  

Click here to READ MORE.

University of Adelaide intern is making a difference

After the Foundation connected one of our interns with our Adelaide Zero Project partner, NEAMI National, we are thrilled to report that she is now employed by them! Read about how Jacqueline Anderson is making a difference to people experiencing homelessness in our interview, written by our talented communications volunteer, Anthony Collebrusco.


Inspired Adventures

As a Foundation, we are always looking at innovative and fun ways to raise money to support our important social justice work. We have connected with Inspired Adventures, who offer a charity challenge, through which you can have the opportunity to trek, cycle or run alongside other passionate people just like you, for the Foundation. You will challenge yourself like never before in some of the world’s most spectacular destinations and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. We would love hear from you if you would be interested in joining an Inspired Adventure, and you can read more about the adventures at the link below.

You can read more about the adventures HERE.

We would love hear from you if you would be interested in joining an Inspired Adventure. Email us your interest HERE.


2020 Homelessness Conference

Due to the restrictions and other challenges brought about by COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision that we can’t safely and successfully present the Homelessness Conference this year. However, as mentioned above, we will nonetheless mark Homelessness Week with a series of activities and content to ensure this critical issue remains prominent.

BOOK NOW for our Homelessness Week activities.

Aboriginal Economic Empowerment

Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration Book Launch

After 13 amazing years, the Don Dunstan Foundation have created a book to revisit and celebrate the inspiring content of all previous Lowitja O’Donoghue Orations. These include; Lowitja O’Donoghue herself, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, Noel Pearson and many more.

To join us on this journey through some incredible content, you can purchase a digital copy for $15 at the link below. A hard copy will be available in the coming months. All funds raised will support the Don Dunstan Foundation and our commitment to Reconciliation in South Australia.

Buy your copy HERE.

Our Mob Update

OUR MOB is an opportunity to celebrate First Nations artists, and shine a light on their significant contributions to art. The Foundation supports this initiative by providing the yearly Don Dunstan Foundation Emerging Artist Award.

The Adelaide Festival Centre have had to get innovative, in light of restrictions of travel into and out of regional and remote communities, to deliver a different format for this year’s OUR MOB. This year’s new format will involve an exhibition showcasing outstanding paintings acquired over the years. The OUR MOB exhibitions will be presented in Adelaide Festival Theatre’s QBE Galleries throughout October. This will include incredible mixed media work by Beaver Lennon, Nellie Coulthard, Tony Wilson and Mumu Mike Williams.

Read More HERE

You can check out previous OUR MOB award winners HERE.

Mental Health

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Web Portal

In recognising the impact of COVID-19 on individuals' mental health, SA Health has established a Virtual Support Network of services based in SA. These services focus on alleviating pressure felt by people around some of the key distress factors, including feelings of isolation, changes to normal routine, changes to work environment, difficult family situations and anxiety about becoming unwell.

Information on the Virtual Support Network is laid out on a webpage with information and links to services who support mental wellbeing.

If you are in need of support and would like to talk to someone, you can contact 1800 632 753 from 8am to 8pm any day of the week.

Read more HERE.

Interns and Volunteers

Are you Hiring?

Our amazing interns and volunteers are looking for career opportunities.The fuel of the Don Dunstan Foundation, these passionate individuals gain work experience as they prepare and search for further graduate opportunities and paid employment. All of our interns and volunteers are highly motivated and committed, and we feel incredibly lucky to have them assist us with all aspects of our work.

If you have or know of any work opportunities relevant to their training and experience, please contact them directly via LinkedIn!

Anthony Collebrusco

Communications/ Web Content Volunteer

I have professional experience with research, marketing, and writing and publishing content to the web. I'm looking for work with a mission-driven organisation where I can apply these skills.

Connect on LinkedIn

Thomas O’Donnell

Marketing and Communications Intern

I am an Undergraduate International Relations student aiming to get experience in writing, social media, or organisations with a social justice focus.

Connect on LinkedIn

News and events from our friends

Flinders University releases its new RAP

Flinders University’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been launched, which was developed through an extensive series of deep consultations involving students, staff, alumni and members of First Nations communities from across South Australia and the Northern Territory.   

Their RAP includes an agreed set of objectives designed to enable communities to work together to embed Indigenous perspectives in their work and to deepen their commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and knowledges.

Read their RAP HERE.

Righting the wrongs: Building safer lives for people with disability

In light of the current Royal Commission Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, join Professor Sally Robinson, Professor of Disability and Community Inclusion Lead from Better Communities, at Flinders University's Caring Futures Institute, to discuss what we know about preventing violence and abuse for people with disability. Find out what we need to do to move beyond the cycles of inquiries, limited solution-making and repeated horror stories of harm to people in vulnerable situations.  

The event will be live streamed at 5.30 pm on Thursday 2 July. Read more and register HERE.

University of Adelaide - Lunchtime Concert Series

Friday 24th July 2020
1.10 pm - 2.00 pm
The online lunchtime concerts return for another season, beginning with a performance by the Australian String Quartet. Beethoven's early String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, is perfectly paired with Ravel's String Quartet in F major for an exciting, vital start to the season. 

More information HERE.

University of Adelaide Open Day
Sunday 16 August

Open Day 2020 is your chance to learn what the University of Adelaide is all about and get your questions answered. They will help match your career ambitions with a specific area of study, show where the University can lead you and explain the student services available to make it happen.

Find out more HERE.

Flinders University Open Days

August 2020

Flinders Open Days will be held in August 2020. Open Days is your chance to get a taste of everything Flinders has to offer and take your first steps towards an amazing tomorrow. Don't miss this opportunity to think big, to connect and to get ahead of the game.

Find out more HERE.

What we are reading and watching

Finding Our Heart - A story about the Uluru Statement for young Australians
Thomas Mayor 

Here are the practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter
James Purtill, Triple J – Hack

If Australia really wants to tackle mental health after corona virus, we must take action on homelessness
Misha Ketchell (Editor), The Conversation

Impacts of chronic stress on mental health, and implications for policy
Leila Morsey, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Policy Club 

SA:The heaps unfair state. Why have health inequities increased in South Australiaand how can this trend be reversed?
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity and the South Australian Council of Social Service     

HousingAustralians through COVID-19
Erin Dolan, Philanthropy Australia 

How to support us

The Don Dunstan Foundation relies on donations, bequests and sponsorships to continue our social justice work. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. 

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