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Vale Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG

Concordia acknowledges the recent death of revered Yankunytjatjara woman, Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG, aged 91, on Sunday 4 February 2024. We extend our sympathy to her family and friends.

A highly respected, influential and formidable Aboriginal leader, Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG dedicated her life to the rights, health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She listened, spoke and acted with strength, determination, grace and dignity. Her work and achievements are extensive, including being a co-founder of the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia (1965), transferring from the South Australian Department for Aboriginal Affairs into the role of Federal Senior Liaison Officer, Canberra and Adelaide (1973), leading the National Aboriginal Conference (1978) and Aboriginal Development Commission (1980), becoming the first Aboriginal person to address the United Nations General Assembly (1992), being declared an Australian National Living Treasure (1998), working as an Advisor to South Australian Premier Mike Rann on matters relating to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands (2004), receiving the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and many more.

Her profound legacy will continue through the work of the Lowitja O'Donoghue Foundation. 

With gratitude for her service to so many people throughout her lifetime, we pay our respects.