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The Menzies Oration is our annual public address designed to stimulate robust and challenging discussion about the future of health in the Northern Territory, Australia and internationally.

This year, we’re delighted to be joined by Deborah Di Natale who will deliver the 2023 Menzies Oration, titled: Why public policy matters now more than ever in the NT.

We also look forward to presenting the 2023 Menzies Medallion and 2023 Companion of Menzies awards at this event.

Following the official proceedings, light refreshments will be provided.

Registration to this free event is essential. We look forward to seeing you either in-person or online.

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About the Orator: Deborah Di Natale
Deborah is a lawyer who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and advocacy for those who are experiencing disadvantage. She has a long standing commitment to end homelessness. She worked at Victoria Legal Aid in their family, law and civil division for over 6 years. She also worked as the Principal Solicitor of the Tenants Union where she advocated strongly that housing is a human right. Over time she developed an interest in access to justice and systemic reform. Deborah was awarded a scholarship to study an Executive Masters in Public Administration at Melbourne University which she completed and has since worked in senior management positions that promote policy reform. She worked as the Legal Services Director at Justice Connect across Victoria and NSW. She worked as the Principal Lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service where she managed a legal service across 44 remote Aboriginal communities in the Top End.

Deborah has worked in the role of CEO of the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) a peak body that is made up of not for profits, Aboriginal Controlled Organisations and NGOs. In this role she works directly with cabinet ministers and heads of departments. NTCOSS strives to provide better social outcomes for individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage.

Deborah was named as one of the Territory’s 100 most powerful women in both 2021 and in 2022.

Most recently she was appointed as the CEO of Council to Homeless Persons and looks forward to the challenge of ending homelessness and advocating for the sector. She is enthusiastic about ensuring that the sector is supported, strong and sustainable.

About the awards:

The Menzies Medallion is our highest accolade, awarded by the Menzies Board to individuals or groups who have made a considerable contribution to health, of relevance to the Northern Territory.

The Companion of Menzies award recognises the exceptional contribution and support provided by individuals or groups, for the continued development and success of Menzies. 

Read more about past recipients via the Menzies website

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