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Join the Northern Institute for our 2018 Annual International Women's Day Morning Tea to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in the Northern Territory. Hear their stories and be inspired. The theme for this year's International Women’s Day is '#PressforProgress' 

Guest Speakers:

  • NT Administrator Her Hon Vicki O’Halloran
  • The Hon Lauren Moss MLA

Meet our female 2018 Northern Territory Australians of the Year:

  • Dr Bo Remendyi - NT Australian of the year
  • Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka - NT Senior Australian of the year

This year we've partnered with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (Darwin-Palmerston and Rural,NT) to bring you a panel discussion ‘Paid work & Parenting: Policy Matters’ addressing returning to work as a primary carer of children, the challenges faced and the policies that make it easier - Panel Members:

A gold coin donation and cupcake fundraiser will support our event partners to buy breastpumps for returning to work mums.  

Delicious morning tea provided - Photobooth - Displays - Open to the public event - All Welcome - School groups are encouraged to attend


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Speakers and Special Guests:

Hon Vicki O’Halloran AM

Hon Vicki O’Halloran AM, NT Administrator (CDU Alumni)

Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM was sworn in as the 22nd Administrator of the Northern Territory on 31 October 2017. As Administrator Her Honour is at the same time Her Majesty The Queen’s Representative, the Governor-General’s Representative and the Senior Australian Government Representative in the Northern Territory. Her Honour was born in Tasmania and moved to Darwin in 1991, where she has resided for the past 26 years with her husband Craig and their daughter Coco. Prior to her appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour was the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services, a non-government, not for profit, youth, family and community welfare organisation indigenous to the Northern Territory.

Hon Lauren Moss

Hon Lauren Moss NTG Minister, Minister for Corporate and Information Services; Minister for Environment and Natural Resources; Minister for Tourism and Culture

Lauren is a Territorian and spent 11 years living in Casuarina. She grew up in Nakara and her parents have taught in local schools. Her Bachelor of Business was gained through Charles Darwin University and Monash University. As a Territorian Lauren has invested here, running a small business providing professional development to further their careers and worked as a project officer at Headspace, providing mental health services support. Lauren and her partner Jake have also bought their first home in Darwin. Her community and youth development work has been recognised locally and nationally. She was honoured to receive the Excellence in Youth Leadership award at the NT Young Achiever Awards, the NT Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal. She was a finalist in the NT Young Australian of the Year, Darwin City Council Young Citizen of the Year and the Australian Woman’s Weekly Women of the Future. Lauren was elected to Territory Parliament in October 2014. She is the youngest Member of Parliament in the Territory.

Dr Bo Remenyi

Dr Bo Remenyi, 2018 NT Australian of the Year Paediatric Cardiologist

As a junior doctor working in remote communities, Dr Bo Remenyi was tasked with filling out death certificates for children dying of preventable heart disease. Finding this unfair and unacceptable, Bo spent a further six years studying to become one of Australia’s first female paediatric cardiologists. Now an internationally-recognised expert, Bo is tackling the Northern Territory’s rate of Rheumatic Heart Disease, which among the Indigenous population is currently the highest in the world. While primarily a clinician Bo’s ground-breaking PhD research has been published in top tier journals Lancet and Nature Reviews Cardiology, and has seen her assist the American Heart Association and work with the World Heart Federation for global public health projects. Bo also undertakes humanitarian work with Rotary in resource-poor countries in our region. Bo’s contribution is even more extraordinary, given she arrived in Australia as a political refugee after fleeing Hungary as a teenager. She started school in Australia without any English language skills, but today Bo’s education, expertise and sheer hard work is saving lives.


Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka, 2018 NT Senior Australian of the Year Educator and pioneering academic

Gotha is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small family community on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. She has worked as an educator for the past 48 years and has always had a strong interest in research. She works as a part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at CDU. Gotha was recently awarded the 2018 NT Senior Australian of the Year and recognised for her work creating a bilingual educational model that delivered high attendance and graduation rates on Elcho Island. Gotha was also acknowledged for representing Australia at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and for her research work examining language, traditional knowledge, culture and country.

Bettina Danganbarr

Bettina Danganbarr, 2018 NT Local Hero Anti-domestic violence campaigner

An Aboriginal Community Police Officer in the East Arnhem community of Galiwin’ku, Bettina Danganbarr has offered her home as a safe haven to dozens of domestic violence victims. The Yolngu woman is admired throughout her community as a peacemaker. A tireless campaigner for the rights of women, particularly those experiencing family violence, Bettina has championed the establishment of the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space, a community-led response that addresses family violence in a culturally appropriate, Yolngu-led way. Prior to this, Bettina operated a makeshift women’s shelter in her own home, acting as a counsellor and mediator to families and couples while also caring for her three children and two foster children. Bettina’s expertise and knowledge working in two worlds – both the Yolgnu and Balanda, or non-Indigenous – means she can provide culturally-appropriate support and responses to conflict. She trains other police officers to understand Yolgnu culture. Her influence has prevented many crimes, and supported many Yolgnu people as they move forward with their lives.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

This year we have partnered with the local branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association to bring you a primary carer panel session ‘Paid work and Parenting: Policy Matters’.

About Australian Breastfeeding Association (Darwin-Palmerston and Rural,NT)
The local branch of ABA provides mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding mothers and their families. As Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding, they support, educate and advocate for a breastfeeding inclusive society. The group also provides opportunities for mums to meet new friends, chat with mothers who have 'been there' and connect with trained breastfeeding volunteers. For more information please visit their Facebook page HERE

Panel Members:

Amy Harrison

Amy Harrison, Primary Caregiver Member Australian Breastfeeding Association (Darwin)

Mother of two-and-a-half-year-old Isabelle, Amy has been teaching in the Northern Territory since beginning at Bakewell Primary in 2009. During this time she has worked in urban and remote schools in Darwin, Palmerston and the Katherine region, specialising in ESL, literacy and early years. Prior to maternity leave, Amy was the Senior Teacher at Wulagi School. She returned to Wulagi when her daughter was 18 months old, opting to relinquish the Senior Teacher full-time position for a more flexible position, working four days a week as co-ordinator of Wulagi’s 0-4 years programs and contributing to the leadership team. Isabelle attends day care three days a week.

Megan Lawton

Megan Lawton, Senior Employee Relations Consultant at CSNT; Women’s Network NT

Megan is a Territorian with background as a lobbyist, lawyer, board member and CEO and is currently advising business about employment law across the NT. As CEO of the Law Society Northern Territory, Megan developed the Society’s diversity strategy, Celebrating Diversity, which acknowledged concerns about the trajectory of women’s careers in the legal profession. Megan has been a vocal participant in law reform and has contributed to the NT Law Reform Committee, and the Law Council of Australia. Megan was runner up Boss of the Year in 2015 and was an NT finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards, for purpose category. She is a mother of 3 school age children, works full time, is on a number of not for profit Boards and is prone to break into song at the slightest provocation.

Sally Sievers

Sally Sievers, Anti-discrimination commissioner

Sally Sievers has been a lawyer in the Northern Territory since 1988, practising within government, in private practice and as a Relieving Magistrate from time to time. She was appointed the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for the Northern Territory in January 2013. As commissioner, she has focused the Commission's activities in the areas of race and disability discrimination and women's equality, in particular the impact of discrimination against women and families.

Hon Lia Finocchiaro MLA

Hon Lia Finocchiaro MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Lia is a born and bred Territorian who lives in Johnston with her husband Sam and their two children, Isla (2 years) and Isaac (5 months). Lia attended Primary & High School in the Territory before completing a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies at the University of Adelaide. She started her professional career praticing law in the Territoriy and in August 2012 was elected the first female Member for Drysdale. Four years later, she was elected the first ever Member for Spillett and currently serves as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the NT Parliament. Lia has embraced the challenges of serving the community while raising her children and appreciates the life experience it brings to her role as  Member of Parliament.

James Courtney

James Courtney, Primary Caregiver Freelance Communications Consultant, Part-time NT Legal Service

James Courtney is the husband of Karen and father of five-year-old Gino. He is the Media and Communications Manager at Darwin Community Legal Service where he works three days a week and also does freelance consulting. James previously worked with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a range of smaller organisations in research, investigations and campaign strategy. Since the birth of their son, James has chosen to significantly limit his work time to concentrate on parenting and to support his partner who works full time as a senior manager and is studying to complete her PhD.


The history of the Northern Institute celebrating International Women's Day
- Guests were encouraged to be bold in the workplace and home and continue the journey towards a gender equal society - gold coin entry went to the Red Cross (
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2016 - We pledged for parity and fundraising for Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women's Shelter (DAIWS) to provide duress alarms & security lighting (view image gallery)
2015 - We encouraged Indigenous girls and women to consider a career in research (view image gallery)
2014 - Our event brought attention to the issue of domestic violence against Indigenous women in the NT (view image gallery)
2013 - We worked with the Melaleuca Refugee Centre to educate about the plight of female refugees settling into the NT (view image gallery).
2012 - We supported the Partners Improving Markets program, which make marketplaces safe for women in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu   (view image gallery)
2011 - We supported Care Australia to help women eg. Health education for a pregnant woman, fund a women's group meeting, training a woman in legal rights (view image gallery)