Patricia Turner AM

Advocate for Aboriginal health

ACTNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

An Arrernte and Gurdanji woman, Patricia Turner AM has successfully negotiated with all levels of government to ensure that the concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are given respectful consideration.

As CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and the Lead Convener of the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Peak organisations, Pat has an invaluable record of improving Aboriginal health outcomes.

Pat’s leadership at NACCHO is creating real, meaningful and lasting change that will strengthen and support community-based Aboriginal health services. She is the driving force behind a partnership between the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Coalition of Peak to facilitate shared decision making.

One of the key outcomes from this partnership is a new national network funding agreement on Closing the Gap, which will help keep Aboriginal health in the hands of Indigenous communities. For her outstanding contribution to public service, Pat has been awarded the Order of Australia.