Tribute to Aunty Pamela Mam, Pioneer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services

Ethan FrenchFeature, News, Press Release


The Board and staff of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) today expressed sadness at the passing of Aunty Pamela Mam, a true pioneer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.

NACCHO Chairperson, Donnella Mills, offered condolences to Aunty Pam’s family, many friends and colleagues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

“Aunty Pam was a staunch supporter of ACCHOs and was involved in establishing Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service in 1973.

“She was a life member of ATSICH Brisbane and the inaugural inductee into the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council Hall of Fame.

“In 2015 The Aunty Pamela Mam Indigenous Nursing Scholarship was established at Griffith University to honour her lifelong commitment to Indigenous health, and in 2018 she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate.

“She has, for over 60 years, provided tireless service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples, starting out as a nurse aid at Palm Island Hospital and progressing to be the founder of one of the biggest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled health services in Australia.

“Aunty Pam championed proper care for our people; based on respect, humility and cultural understanding.

“Aunty Pam is a great Australian and will always be remembered for the legacy she has created in Aboriginal-controlled health,” Ms Mills said.

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