- AHCSA Sexual Health team present at Aboriginal Sexual Health Workshop, Darwin
- Aboriginal Maternal Infant Care (AMIC) course update
- 13 February 2024: National Apology Day
- Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG – 1 August 1932 - 4 February 2024
- Free Mooditj Leadership Training Course, Port Augusta
- Smoking ceremony at AHCSA
- Australia Day 2024
- AHCSA delegation meets with Federal Minister of Health & Aged Care
- SHINE SA brings Mooditj to AHCSA
- AHCSA announces management restructure
- 2023's final face-to-face class concludes at the AHCSA RTO
- AMIC Project Update: Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Care (AMIC) training back on the agenda for 2024
- AHCSA RTO: new CERT III and CERT IV classes commence
- AHCSA and members attend NACCHO annual conference
- Voice to Parliament defeated - self-care resources
- Indigenous bowel-cancer screening
- NACCHO COVID-19 Vaccination Promotion Competition 2023
- Six-week STI/BBV screening program commences at Pika Wiya
- Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum date announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
- Federal Minister of Health Hon. Mark Butler visits AHCSA
- Oodnadatta desalination plant commences operation
- Drug Alert notice: protonitazene
- NAIDOC Week 2023
- First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group focuses on COVID-19 preparation and recovery
- Naomi Thornthwaite and Kim Morey present at Lowitja 2023
- 2023 Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference, Cairns
- Cert IV student cook-off
- National Sorry Day
- South Australian Aboriginal Health Roundtable 2023
- Celebrating new certified Aboriginal health workers
- AHCSA RTO update
- SA becomes first Australian jurisdiction to create First Nations Voice to Parliament
- AHCSA TIS team members receive awards at national conference
- AHCSA's Josh Riessen presents on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases
- AHCSA delivers suicide alertness workshops in SA Far West Coast
- World Hearing Day 2023
- National Condom Day 2023
- Voluntary Assisted Dying becomes legal in South Australia
- World AIDS Day
- AHCSA's Sexual Health Team Wins People's Choice Award SH Poster!
- Media Release - AHCSA RTO
- Mparntwe Aboriginal Sexual Health NT/SA Workshop
- Dr. Annapurna Nori chats all things COVID-19 Vaccination for Kids with Gordy Rigney
- NAIDOC Week Events to Attend Across South Australia
- AHCSA Wins National Award of Recognition at 2022 NATSIEHC!
- Aboriginal Oral Health Program (AOHP)
- Yadu Health - EOI: Medical Receptionist
- World No Tobacco Day 2022 with AHCSA's Puyu Blasters
- AHCSA gives Yadu Aboriginal Health Service a Titan!
- Aboriginal Heath and Reconciliation Week With Renee Colbung
- Meet AHCSA's Quality Systems Improvement Coordinator - Venni!
- Strength and Power of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in South Australia
- Is it time for an STI checkup?
- Urgent Mental Health Care Center offers an alternative to mental health support
- IWD 2022 - Celebrating AHCSA's Female Aboriginal Leaders
- AHCSA History Project
- 15 things NOT to do when using a RAT
- Fight the Bite and Mosquito Control
- The Aboriginal Flag has been freed!
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week
- South Australia's COVID-Ready Plan
- 2019/2020 Annual Report
06 February 2024
This post contains imagery and discussion of a deceased Aboriginal person. We are grateful to the O’Donoghue Family for their permission.
It is with profound sadness tempered with fierce pride that we mourn the passing of indomitable Yankunytjatjara woman Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue, who passed peacefully at the age of 91 on Kaurna land yesterday. All of us at AHCSA wish to convey our condolences to those close to her.
Admired and respected in both worlds and around the world, Dr O'Donoghue achieved things that are too significant and too many in number to be listed here. The charitable foundation that bears her name has published a biography and summary of Dr O'Donoghue's life that is nigh-unbelievable in scope. Yet it is accurate; click here to read it.
Dr O'Donoghue's journey was forced upon her when she was removed from her mother at the age of two and relocated to a Mission home in the Flinders Ranges. Her life took her to all points of South Australia, from Quorn to Eden Hills, Unley, Waitpinga, Victor Harbor, Adelaide (where she was the first Aboriginal trainee nurse, rising to the position of Charge sister), Belair, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta (where she was reunited with her mother), the APY Lands, and Point McLeay. She travelled to India as a relief nurse, the first Aboriginal person to do so, and in 1992 was the first Aboriginal person to address the United Nations General Assembly, during the launch of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Peoples.
Our community has lost a selfless leader and role model who touched countless lives with her generosity, tenacity, and belief in the possibility of a bright future for our people. Her legacy will continue through the many seeds she planted to ensure a better world for those who came after her. It is up to us to nurture those seeds through our own lives and work, with Dr O'Donoghue's words ringing in our ears:
“Your job is to work ceaselessly, with confidence in who we are, with our knowledge timeless and modern, our endless strength and resilience, our capacity for hard work, our wise heads, our wonderful talented young.”
On behalf of AHCSA staff, management, board, and our communities, Vale Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG.
Patrick Moriarty, Acting CEO
Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd
The O'Donoghue family has asked people and organisations to consider a donation to the Lowitja O’Donoghue Foundation in memory of Dr O’Donoghue.
(1) Addressing United Nations general assembly, Geneva 1992 - Lowitja O'Donoghue Collection
(2) Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG 2010 Lowitja Institute launch Parliament House Canberra - credit Lowitja Institute