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7 – 14 July 2024
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Man stands holding an Award: 2019 National NAIDOC

Dean Duncan

Person of the Year

Dean Duncan is a champion of diversity, social justice and equality. A proud Kamilaroi man from Moree; Dean has made a lifelong contribution and commitment to advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and communities.

He has spent more than 17 years as a teacher and senior lecturer, with the aim of increasing the number of qualifications held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As the Associate Director of Indigenous Education at the Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit, he introduced the first Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) and Away from Base program – a key component in the Closing the Gap strategy for maternal health outcomes.

Dean’s inclusive approach and fierce advocacy for diversity make him an inspirational role model for all Australians. He is the National Diversity Manager at Lifestyle Solutions, supporting people living with disabilities and young people in Out of Home Care. He leads the organisation’s diversity and inclusion program, championing the recruitment of people from diverse backgrounds.

Dean has dedicated his life to making a difference and our future generations will benefit from his commitment.

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