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We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

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How do three fabulous Blak women write while juggling the many roles Aboriginal women fulfil in their communities? With Deborah Cheetham Fraillon, Helen Milroy, Debra Dank and moderated by Sandra Phillips.

In partnership with Stella.


Deborah Cheetham Fraillon

Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO (Yorta Yorta/Yuin) is a respected human rights advocate and recognised thought leader on the importance of cultural authority in the Art Music space. Throughout a long and distguished career Deborah has championed the voice and visibility of classically trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island musicians through her achievements a composer, performer…

Debra Dank

I am Gudanji/Wakaja, and we are from the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory. For almost 40 years I have worked in various roles in primary, secondary and tertiary education including class teacher (primary and secondary), special education teacher, senior teacher, regional consultant, regional manager, lecturer, senior lecturer and Head of School (tertiary). I have…

Helen Milroy

Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, but was born and educated in Perth. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, Helen studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute…

Sandra Phillips

Dr Sandra Phillips has a wealth of experience in higher education and in publishing. Sandra is Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng and a mother and grandmother.