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August 18, 2011
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ABORIGINAL specialist reservist
medical officer SQNLDR Lisa Jack-
son-Pulver is playing a significant role
in an important Air Force program.
It is Our Place, Our Skies, which
was launched this year with an aim
of significantly increasing indigenous
participation by 2015 and beyond.
The program recognises the
u nique cultures of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people, their
strong connections to people and
place and the strength that those con-
nections can bring to Air Force.
SQNLDR Jackson-Pulver said she
recognised the success of the program
would be achieved in small steps and
that significant change takes time.
"I think the most important thing
I have learnt is that there is a need for
patience," she said.
"In one year, it may seem as
though you can't get much done.
"But when you look back over a
body of work, things have happened."
Our Place, Our Skies represents
an important part of Air Force's wider
In CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown's
statement of intent, he said: "By
understanding, valuing and exploiting
the strength we derive from our diver-
sity, we will forge a stronger and even
more effective organisation."
SQNLDR Jackson-Pulver's con-
tributions to indigenous health were
recognised when she was made a
Member of the Order of Australia.
As a professor in civilian life,
SQNLDR Jackson-Pulver is chair
of Indigenous Health and Professor
of Public Health at the University of
NSW, where she leads the Muru Marri
Indigenous Health Unit.
She is involved in contributing to
public health policy and practice at
state, federal and international levels.
SQNLDR Jackson-Pulver also
works at the grass-roots level, by
providing more opportunities for
One of her most successful ini-
tiatives was the establishment of a
Our place, our role
program at the university, which has
provided more than 32 scholarships
for indigenous students to study medi-
She said heart and cultural origins
had always guided her career.
"I am a Koori woman committed
to a career that translates my work
into research capacity-building for
Aboriginal workers and improved
health outcomes for Aboriginal peo-
ple," SQNLDR Jackson-Pulver said.
WGCDR Barb Wells, from Air
Force's Directorate of Workforce
Flexibility and Diversity, said the
directorate felt incredibly fortunate to
have a person of her calibre consult-
ing to the program.
"Her ongoing contribution has
seen us move closer to our aim of
increasing the representation of indig-
enous people in the Air Force through
cultural awareness, recruitment and
the development and retention of suit-
ably skilled and committed indige-
nous Australians," she said.
IN ITS 70th anniversary year,
the Australian Air Force Ca-
dets (AAFC) national council
is seeking to establish a
network to share opportunities
to contribute to the growth and
development of the movement.
The council wants to hear
from anyone who has served in
the Air Training Corps (ATC)
to 1975, Air Training Corps
(AIRTC) to 2001 or AAFC as
well as former staff (alumni).
It hopes this will foster links
between alumni and AAFC
wings and squadrons, expand
the AAFC National Council's
contacts with government, busi-
ness, and the wider community,
and help with fundraising for
AAFC activities which are not
funded by Air Force.
If there is enough interest
from alumni, an online facility
will be developed to enable con-
tact between past cadets, and to
allow contributions of photos
and information for historical
For more information, visit
AAFC wings and squadrons
from across Australia will
converge on RAAF Base
Williams Point Cook on
October 9 for a 70th anniver-
sary ceremonial parade.
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