Our Patrons

Both Patrons agreed to lend their name to CATSINaM as a way of supporting us, because they have a long history of support for Nurses and Midwives and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social justice? And importantly shared the values of CATSINaM. 

Kate Adams
Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue

AC CBE DSG
Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue initially a nursing aide, applied to complete her training at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) but was refused. She fought the decision and it was overturned, and she became the first Aboriginal person to train as a nurse at RAH.
Please read story here.

Karen Atkinson
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce

AD CVO
CATSIN’S Patron Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia official opened the 11th National  Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses Conference in Melbourne 16 September 2009.
Please read speech here.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Nation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Countries, Creator, Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

CATSINaM is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, videos, voices and names of people who have since passed away.