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Naomi Mayers is a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri woman who first came to Eora country, Sydney in 1946. Until her retirement, Naomi was the CEO of the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern where she worked for over 40 years. Highly respected in Australia and overseas for her dedication to improving Aboriginal health, Naomi’s contributions were officially recognised with an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. She has been the driving force behind many inner-city community development projects, including the establishment of the Murawina preschool program in 1973 and the Aboriginal Housing Company in 1976. She had also been an active member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the World Health Organisation and the National Aboriginal Health Organisation.

In 2017, the University of Sydney conferred a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) upon Naomi for her work delivering and transforming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care. She already held a doctorate in Aboriginal Affairs from Tranby Aboriginal College in Sydney.

Sydney Elders - Naomi Mayers
Portrait of Naomi Mayers Image: Mervyn Bishop
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