Deadly Awards Recognise Community Contributions
Thursday, 12th September 2013 at 11:20 am
Not for Profit trailblazers and outstanding leaders from the indigenous community were recognised at the 19th annual Deadly Awards held at the Sydney Opera House.
|David Wirrpanda Foundation's Deadly Sista Girlz program manager Josie Janz. Photo: Amanda James|
Youth suicide prevention researcher and indigenous mental health expert, and the first indigenous psychologist in Australia, Professor Pat Dudgeon won the Deadly for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.Recipients of the most prestigious awards for 2013 included the first Aboriginal barrister and magistrate in Australia, Pat O’Shane, who won the Marcia Langton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Leadership, and singer/songwriter and Human Rights awardee Archie Roach who won the Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations.
The Not for Profit David Wirrpanda Foundation was among those recognised, winning the award for Contribution to Education.
The Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz Program is an education, health and wellbeing program aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls aged eight to 17 years of age.
The program, which has engaged 2500 Aboriginal girls nationwide over the past five years, is delivered by female mentors and aspires to engage, educate and empower at-risk or disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to make better choices for their health and futures.
Other awardees in the Community categories included Koori Job Ready, who won the award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment.
The employment and training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people based in Darlington, Sydney has placed more than 1000 employees in various trades and roles, including apprenticeships, traineeships and labour positions.
It is focused on the construction, hospitality and rail industries to provide culturally respectful employment pathways.
The Deadlys is a prominent Indigenous awards night on the Australian calendar and enjoys strong support from Indigenous communities across the country, and across non-Indigenous Australia.
Read the full list of winners here.