Podcast: Dr Robert Isaacs on Bridging the Divide Between White and Black Australia

Podcast: Dr Robert Isaacs on Bridging the Divide Between White and Black Australia

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Dr Robert Isaacs talks to Cheryl about his religious upbringing, and discovering his indigenous heritage. His memoir, Two Cultures, One Story, is out now.

About the author:

Robert Isaacs is a highly respected Aboriginal Elder from the Bibilmum Noongar language group. He has dedicated his life to breaking down cultural barriers and improving the lives of disadvantaged people. Career highlights include: establishing the first Aboriginal Medical Service and associated dental, rehabilitation and health care clinics; negotiating the first land use and mining royalties arrangement; improving relations between Aboriginals and the justice system; assisting in establishing Clontarf Aboriginal College; and leading ground-breaking housing initiatives. Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (2016), NAIDOC Male Elder (2016), West Australian of the Year (2015) and Freeman to the City of Gosnells (2015). He now continues his community work through board appointments, ambassadorships, his work as a Justice of the Peace and speaking engagements.

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    Publisher details

    Two Cultures, One Story
    Author
    Robert Isaacs
    Publisher
    Magabala Books
    Genre
    Biography and Memoir
    Released
    01 March, 2021

    Synopsis

    Dr Robert Francis Isaacs AM, OAM, PhD (Hon) has spent his life bridging the divide between white and black Australia. Taken from his mother as a baby, Robert was raised in institutions not knowing he had a family and not knowing he was Aboriginal. Enduring severe hardship, discipline and abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers, Robert went out into the world at the age of 16 determined to make a life for himself and a family of his own. A chance encounter with a member of his extended family would help shape the rest of his life. Determined to both embrace his culture and build on his faith and education, Robert immersed himself in the world of Aboriginal health and housing, proving to be a straight-talking, deft political negotiator who can achieve real outcomes for Aboriginal people. Over the decades, Robert brings his considerable interpersonal skills to bear in the areas of alcohol and drug abuse, employment, relations with the police, the justice system and education. Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.
    Robert Isaacs
    About the author

    Robert Isaacs

    Robert Isaacs is a highly respected Aboriginal Elder from the Bibilmum Noongar language group. He has dedicated his life to breaking down cultural barriers and improving the lives of disadvantaged people. Career highlights include: establishing the first Aboriginal Medical Service and associated dental, rehabilitation and health care clinics; negotiating the first land use and mining royalties arrangement; improving relations between Aboriginals and the justice system; assisting in establishing Clontarf Aboriginal College; and leading ground-breaking housing initiatives. Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (2016), NAIDOC Male Elder (2016), West Australian of the Year (2015) and Freeman to the City of Gosnells (2015). He now continues his community work through board appointments, ambassadorships, his work as a Justice of the Peace and speaking engagements.

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