In the Media – Congratulations Noongar Radio!

The Australian arm of the International Human Rights Organisation has named their finest advocates for 2013 at an awards ceremony at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
By Ryan Liddle

Carol Dowling and her team at community broadcaster Noongar Radio took out the radio award for outstanding news and current affairs that promoted human rights for their 30-part series, “The state of our children’s hearing”.

In accepting the award, Ms Dowling paid tribute to all the women who took part.

“I want to start by dedicating this to all the Noongar mums who took part, because they don’t often talk very often about their bubs and all the wonderful medical practitioners who fight so hard for our mob,” she said.

Ms Dowling has been passionate in her crusade to raise awareness about an often overlooked area of Indigenous health.

“Otitis media is in epic proportions,” she said. “This preventable disease is causing poverty in our communities.”

The main award of the night, the Human Rights Medal, went to Sister Clare Condon from the Sisters of the Good Samaritans.

Her order works with women and children impacted by domestic violence and with Indigenous women to develop small business ventures.

Across town, a very lucky crowd was treated to the soulful sounds of another recognised human rights advocate, Archie Roach.

Roach was the first songwriter to ever receive a human rights achievement award, for his hit song, “Took the Children Away”, which highlighted the plight of the Stolen Generations.

“It’s important that we as artist, especially myself as a singer song writer, those of us that are reasonably well known to support and to encourage people to keep sticking up for human rights,” he said.

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