Choose to Challenge on International Women’s Day 2021: Indigenous Australian women confront health challenges and self-determination in remote communities

Join the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) and The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health on International Women’s Day 2021 for a webinar with Indigenous women making a difference in their communities.

The theme for the Day in 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’ ( In responding to this theme, three leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working at a community-level for positive change will discuss their efforts towards improved women’s health and self-determination. Their choice to challenge is why NATSIWA and UQ Public Health are supporting them to share their story in their voices on this day.

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Choose to Challenge on International Women’s Day 2021

Mon 8 Mar 2021 9:00am10:30am


  • Professor Sandra Creamer AM, CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
  • Dr Nina Lansbury Hall, Teaching and research academic at the UQ School of Public Health


About the presenters:

  • Ms Chris­tine Bread­en is a senior Lurit­ja woman and tra­di­tion­al own­er of the Wan­mar­ra Com­mu­ni­ty, director and co-founder of 100% Aboriginal owned Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours (Karrke). She is an expe­ri­enced cul­tur­al tour guide who is pas­sion­ate about shar­ing her cul­ture to local, domestic and international vis­itors to the Watar­rka (Kings Canyon Nation­al Park) region 350 km south west of Alice Springs, NT. In 2018, Karrke won a Tourism NT Brolga Award for the category “Emerging NT Aboriginal Tourism”. Check out their website and their latest video Chris­tine is also a multi-talented artist in dot paint­ing art form, wood­en arte­fact mak­ing and tra­di­tion­al brand­ing tech­niques which she shares on the tour expe­ri­ences.
  • Ms Natasha Abbott is the Operations Manager, as part of the family-owned and managed Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours. Natasha has worked for over twenty five years where she has worked for herself, for Aboriginal organisations as well as the Public and Private Sectors in Alice Springs and their surrounding communities as well as working in the mining sector in Western Australia. Natasha’s main passion is to work with her family and community to support and assist them in making their dreams come true by growing their successful business. Natasha showcased her brother’s Karrke tourism business on their country, which she had assisted and supported him through.
  • Ms Minnie King is an Umaii woman who co-founded Women on Country in the Western Cape region to support Indigenous women’s health. She is a businesswoman and Managing Director of Embley Contracting, an engineering and environmental management business in Weipa established to capture a diverse range of opportunities for Aboriginal people that represent real investment in their current and future lives.
  • Professor Sandra Creamer AM is a Waanyi and Kalkadoon woman, the CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance, and a lawyer. She supports the empowerment of Indigenous women in Australia and internationally. She is an advisor to the Seventh Generation Fund and the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), among other roles.
  • Dr Nina Lansbury Hall is a teaching and research academic at the School of Public Health at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on Australian Indigenous health, climate change and health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. 


Dr Nina Lansbury Hall