Listen to the 2016 Medicine & Society Oration online now
Lowitja Institute CEO Romlie Mokak's Medicine & Society Oration is now available to stream and download from ABC Radio National's 'Big Ideas' site.
The address lays out the necessity of reimagining agency and power dynamics in Indigenous health, and by extension, the Government and society's engagement with Australia's first peoples:
"In order to be able to prescribe and act upon the solutions that are needed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples — organisations, communities, individuals — must exercise agency, take control, and government at all levels must let go.
"One of the first priorities must be to build on our existing strengths to represent the interests of Australia’s First Peoples and negotiate on our terms."