Uncle David ‘Tarnda’ Copley

Uncle David ‘Tarnda’ Copley

David is an Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk descent and is a recognised Elder of the Kaurna Nation of South Australia.

David was the first Aboriginal person to obtain a Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) from the South Australian College of Advanced Education (Flinders University). The third Aboriginal man in South Australia to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders University), and is the only male Aboriginal Registered Nurse in South Australia to hold Post Graduate qualifications in Mental Health Nursing (Flinders University). David is the only Aboriginal person in South Australia to hold all three qualifications.

David’s key areas of practice & research are around Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cancer Awareness Programs, Mental Health, Substance Misuse and the Social Determinants that impact on these health areas. A council member with the Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (SA), the Chairperson of the Indigenous Reference Group – Menzies School of Health Research – Charles Darwin University. He is also a survivor of stage 3 Colon Cancer.

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