From White Supremacy to Treaty, Self-determination and Sovereignty - Essential Steps on the Way to Freedom


Public lecture hosted by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership

Start Date

19th Apr 2018 6:00pm

End Date

19th Apr 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: or 6226 2013


Academic, government, corporate and not-for-profit institutions in Australia rely on a steady intellectual and structural diet of whiteness and white supremacy; often with no idea how hamstrung they are. This presentation will review the evidence on racism, discuss the realities of power and money and their influence on Aboriginal health and social outcomes, and discuss achievable approaches to self-determination. I aim to clarify the relationships between treaty, self-determination, sovereignty and the republic as political and social constructs, and suggest some clear steps to transformation and freedom.

imageGregory Phillips is a Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal man. He is a medical anthropologist with 25 years’ experience in leading change. He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy. He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians.

Gregory has a PhD in psychology (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003), and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).
Gregory is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, is an Associate Professor of Aboriginal Health, and serves on several boards and committees, including chairing the Cathy Freeman Foundation and the Australian Medical Council’s Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori Health Strategy Group.