111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
1301 EDUCATION SYSTEMS
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
1605 Policy and Administration
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Tom Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 and named ACT Australian of the Year in 2013 for his work as a human rights and social justice advocate. Calma has long been a champion for the improvement and advancement of Indigenous peoples’ health, justice, education, and employment status. Calma's research interests include pharmacological application for scabies control, genomics, Indigenous cancers, tobacco control, and micro-biome, as well as health, mental health, and suicide prevention. For many decades, Calma has been a fierce advocate for progress and change, and his work continues to have an enduring impact on public discourse in Australia and beyond.