June 2021

Message From the Chair

The Don Dunstan Foundation is saying farewell to our Executive Director, Ritchie Hollands, who has decided to move on after leading the organisation through a period of significant change during the last two years.
Following some well deserved recent leave, Ritchie advised us of his intention to resign from his position as Executive Director. This role has evolved significantly since the time Ritchie first joined the DDF in mid-2019, and Ritchie has explained that he is keen to explore other professional opportunities.

Ritchie has established strong networks within the community and worked hard to deliver impact throughout the various disruptions of the last year. Our Board, Committee of Management, staff and volunteers join me in thanking Ritchie for his leadership and wishing him well in the future.

News and Events

The 11th South Australian Women's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture

When: Friday 16 July 6:00pm

Where: Lecture Theatre 102, Napier building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus AND online

Price: FREE - RSVP Essential

The Don Dunstan Foundation is pleased to co-present The Eleventh South Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture with the Women’s & Gender Studies teaching and research units at the three SA universities, which coincides with the biennial conference of the Australian Women’s & Gender Studies (AWGSA).

This year’s lecture Miscarrying in the Car: Centring Gendered Experiences of Homelessness will be delivered Dr Juliet Watson (pictured), Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab within the Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University; President of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association.

By putting gender at the centre of how we understand homelessness, this lecture will bring to light complexities and dynamics which too often are ignored in the homelessness area. 

Associate Professor Barbara Baird (Flinders University) will chair the night’s proceedings, and Chair of the Don Dunstan Foundation, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, will deliver the vote of thanks.

The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

The event is FREE, but RSVP’s are essential and can be made HERE.

Hugo Memorial Lecture - Adelaide Festival of Ideas

When: Friday 16 July 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

Price: FREE - RSVP Essential

As part of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas program and Illuminate Adelaide, the Don Dunstan Foundation and the Stretton Institute, University of Adelaide, are co-presenting the Hugo Memorial Lecture: This is Demography Manifest.

How do we make sense of a population as spread out and diverse as Australia? For years, we’ve looked to demographers to carve up, label, and stratify the public into groups and categories, in the hope that these overlapping identifiers might help us understand the shape of the nation. Such complex data rarely makes the front page, but can inform policy decisions that affect all of our lives. So how does it all work, and how can demography help us understand contemporary Australia?

Speakers include Prof Adam Graycar, Director and Professor of Public Policy at the Stretton Institute, and Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM, Chair of the Don Dunstan Foundation.

The event is FREE, but RSVP’s are essential and can be made HERE.

Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration 2021 - Watch it now!

Continuing the Story: Resolving the issues that won’t go away’

Delivered by Pat Anderson AO

On Tuesday 1 June 2021, the Don Dunstan Foundation and Reconciliation SA presented the 14th Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration named in honour of Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG, and delivered by her friend Pat Anderson AO, an Alyawarre woman and powerful advocate for the improvement of Australia’s First Peoples’ health.

The 450 people in attendance at Bonython Hall, along with the many online viewers, were offered a timely insight into the development of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a powerful call to action in support of the opportunities it offers our nation.

We are now pleased to offer the recording of the night's proceedings!

You can find the recording HERE.

Len King Scholarship

Since 2014 the Foundation has proudly awarded the Len King Scholarship in the memory of Hon. Len King AC QC (1925-2011). The scholarship offers up to $15,000 per year for up to four years for students who are undertaking studies in Law at either the University of Adelaide or Flinders University, and who share Len King and Don Dunstan's passion for social justice.

In 2021, we have awarded four scholarships - including one to Samantha Thomas (pictured), who is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice at Flinders University.

Samantha recently received the Chancellor's Letter of Commendation for outstanding academic performance, and is currently undertaking a placement at the Legal Services Commission.

With a strong desire to pursue a legal career that gives back to the community, Samantha is a worthy recipient of the Len King Scholarship.

The Foundation is proud to support talented young people, like Samantha, in their pursuit of social justice. We offer Samantha our warm congratulations and look forward to following her contribution to our community into the future.

News From Our Partners and Friends

Flinders University Events

  • The upcoming Flinders University BRAVE public lecture on Tuesday the 27th of July is focussing on the Aged Care Royal Commission. Together, Professor Julie Ratcliffe, Professor Jennifer Tieman and Professor Sue Gordon of the Flinders College of Nursing and Health Sciences will examine and explore the post-Commission possibilities and directions for aged care from three very different but critical perspectives. Registration available HERE.
  • The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at the Flinders Health & Medical Research Institute recently held a webinar presenting the findings of the Flinders University project Health Inequalities in Australia: The Contribution of Income, Wealth and Employment on the 18h of May. Speakers at the webinar included Dr Joanne Flavel, Professor Fran Baum, The Hon Mark Butler MP (Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing) and Ross Womersley, CEO, South Australian Council of Social Service. The full recording of the webinar is available HERE.
  • As part of the Flinders University BRAVE public lecture series, Senior Research Fellow Dr Annabelle Wilson presented an insightful lecture on Transforming Non-Indigenous Leadership in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health. The full recording of the lecture is available HERE.

The Henry Parkes Foundation Oration

In October of last year, the Henry Parkes Foundation held its annual Oration which was presented by Professor Mark Kenny. ANU Australian Studies Institute. Originally from South Australia, Professor Kenny had a high-profile career as a journalist, is a sought after commentator on national affairs and is currently Vice-President of the National Press Club.

The 2020 Oration, Why Looking Back is the Only Way Forward: COVID-19, the Federation, and the Chance of Genuine Reconciliation was presented in partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, and is now available HERE.

nthspace Artist Residency

nthspace Adelaide is a multipurpose arts venue in the heart of Adelaide’s West End, and beginning in 2021, nthspace is offering a year-round residency program for Australian and international artists in Torino (Italy), in partnership with Informality of Henley-on-Thames, UK.

Participating artists are accommodated in the grounds of Villa Sambuy in Torino, and will have the opportunity to enhance their practice by exploring the rich contemporary art scene in Torino.

Applications from practicing artists, writers and curators working across the visual arts are being accepted until the 12th of July. More details can be found HERE. 
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