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Professor Tom Calma AO is the Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and an Elder from the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups from the south-west Darwin region and the Coburg Peninsula in Northern Territory, Australia. Tom is the inaugural National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking and is a member of Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Indigenous Cancer Control. He has championed the rights, responsibilities, health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for over 40 years. As the Social Justice Commissioner, Tom’s 2005 Social Justice Report focused on Indigenous health equality and was the catalyst for the Close the Gap campaign to close inequality gaps between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

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