Reconciliation: Dr Evelyn Scott's lifelong passion

Dr Evelyn Scott AO has been a tireless advocate of social justice for Indigenous peoples across Australia.  

Dr Evelyn Scott AO, a resident at Bupa Mt Sheridan care home, has made an incredible contribution to Indigenous rights and equality.
For much of her life, Dr Evelyn Scott has been a tireless advocate of social justice for Indigenous peoples across Australia. 

Evelyn's political activism began in the 60s when she joined the Townsville branch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advancement League and culminated in her chairmanship of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in the late 1990s. 

Among her many achievements, is her campaigning efforts for the “yes” vote in the 1967 Constitutional Referendum that resulted in the inclusion of Indigenous people in the national census and gave the Australian Government the ability to create laws for the Indigenous Australians. 

Evelyn has devoted herself to the cause of Reconciliation, believing: 

“Our struggle for Indigenous rights and equality is bound up inextricable with the rights of all Australians. Our freedom is your freedom. Reconciliation is not an isolated event but part of the fabric of this nation. Will you take our hand? Will you share our dream?"

As part of NAIDOC week celebrations, Dr Scott has been presented with a Bupa Reconciliation Lifetime Achievement award.

Bupa Mt Sheridan has also become the first care home in the country to permanently recognise the Traditional Owners of the Land with a dedicated decal at the front of the home. 

Sharing Evelyn’s dream

At Bupa we’re committed to supporting Australia’s First Peoples. Our vision for reconciliation is to see the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes closed. To achieve this vision, we will couple our health and care expertise with a commitment to working with, and learning from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

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