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There are now approximately 204 Indigenous medical practitioners in Australia. In 1991 there were just 3 Indigenous medical practitioners. There are also approximately 310 Indigenous medical students training to become the next generation of Indigenous doctors. 

Source: Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

Everyone has an uncle in their pocket. David Unaipon, a Ngarrindjeri man born at Raukkan Mission in South Australia, is the face of the $50 note.

David Unaipon was the first published Aboriginal author. In 1909 he patented an improved type of hand-piece for mechanical sheep shears. In 1914 he investigated the flight pattern of the boomerang and realised that its aerodynamic principle could be applied to aircraft. Anticipating the helicopter, he predicted that such aircraft would one day be carried aboard ships. He was also interested in ballistics and the practical uses of polarised light, and predicted the type of weaponry now using laser technology.

His interests ranged so widely that one newspaper referred to him as 'Australia's Leonardo da Vinci'. In 1953 Unaipon was awarded the Coronation Medal in recognition of his many achievements. He died in the Tailem Bend Hospital and was buried at Point McLeay.

Source: Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia

On May 27 1967, over 90% of the Australian public voted to give Aboriginal people civil rights. It was the largest ever "yes" vote  recorded in an Australian referendum to alter the Constitution. 

The referendum was the culmination of a decade-long campaign to remove two negative references to Indigenous Australians. It also gave the Commonwealth the power to legislate for Indigenous people as a group, rather than on state basis. This change was seen by many as a recognition of  people as full Australian citizens.

National Museum of Australia, Canberra and the Western Australian Museum

Didgeridoo playing has been found to be helpful for kids with asthma. The prevalence of asthma in Aboriginal children is 50% more prevalent than for non-Indigenous children. The University of Queensland ran a program of improving knowledge and self-management of asthma with music. Playing the didgeridoo has proven to be a successful intervention in the treatment of asthma.
Please note:
Always ask a member of the local community whether it is permissible to play the didgeridoo in that particular Country. Women and girls are not allowed to play the didgeridoo.

Source: Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

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